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Hogewoerd 122, 2311 HT Leiden, The Netherlands

Mulder Shipyard in the Netherlands completed the new Mulder 73 Flybridge in late November 2012 and the yacht recently has arrived in Brisbane in Australia. Guido de Groot Design has been responsible for the interior and the exterior design.

The yacht has a total length of 22.30m overall and a beam of 6.20m. The spacious flybridge houses a large jet-propelled tender and a smaller dinghy with outboard engine. A comfortable U-shaped seating area on the port side seats eight. The flybridge is also equipped with a bar with grill, refrigerator and sink. The large fixed bimini has lots of window space while also offering plenty of shade in sunny conditions.

The interior includes a spacious full-beam owner’s suite, VIP suite and guest cabin; each with its own shower and toilet. The yacht also features a spacious crew area aft for two or three crew members plus a large worktop and plenty of working space. The crew accommodations can be reached from the swim platform and via an internal stairway from the saloon.

The saloon features a luxurious L-shaped sofa and three armchairs. Due to the large windows in the superstructure, this area has an exceptionally open and spacious feel. The galley is equipped with all the appliances one would expect on a yacht of this class, and has direct access to the dining area. The entire interior has a classic ambience with a teak finish and wengé details.

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Each year ISS presents its peer-reviewed Design and Leadership Awards, which recognize individuals and companies for their expertise, leadership and dedication to raising the standards of design, construction, maintenance, repair and operation of large yachts.

It is a notable achievement in itself to be named as a finalist in this, the most competitive super yacht awards in the industry. In 2012 Guido de Groot Design has been listed with the AB116 MY Diamond. MY Diamond features a split level main salon, which follows the AB tradition of creating large vertical spaces ahead of the helm position. The yacht features a generous full beam master cabin, with a spacious bathroom, and relaxation lounge. She also has a fitness room that can be converted in a twin cabin, a further two twin cabins and a VIP double cabin. Her contemporary interior can be described as uncomplicated without being minimalist, with light colours and contrasting finishes. Like the other yachts built by AB yachts, the 116 is built using materials borrowed from the aerospace industry, which ensure light weight, yet high strength and solidity. She displays the sleek, tapered and harmonious lines of an open, emphasized by an iridescent, lightly gilded livery. There’s also a flying bridge, though this is almost invisible to onlookers. The 116 is powered by three MTU 16V2000 M93 CR engines, producing 2400 HP each, with 3 MJP water jets that allow the new AB 116 to reach a maximum speed of 46 knots with the utmost confidence and total absence of vibrations.

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K&M Yachtbuilders, Satellite Yacht Design and Guido de Groot Design present the Axonite 57. These three companies are respectively responsible for the building, design and styling of the yacht. At the end of 2010, the Axonite 69 was launched in Makkum, and now the companies developed a smaller version in the line of Axonites.

The result is a 57-footer, with the same design criteria and entirely designed in the same style like the Axonite 69. Here the focus is also on sailing and comfort. The ratio between the sail area and displacement is optimized by applying a retractable T-keel, with a variable draft of 2.90-1.40 meter and 1750 litre water ballast per side. The choice to keep the cockpit as low as possible is made so the crew can move themselves safely at sea. This is further enhanced by fastening the mainsheet on a roll bar so there is no obstacle between the deck salon and the steering position. To move safely on deck, a bulwark is created. The permanent cockpit table offers a good grip during sailing and a cozy place in the port or at anchorage.

In the deck salon is a spacious settee in U-shape and the chart table. During sailing in bad weather the deck salon, with a full view around, is a safe and comfortable place to stay. The s"pacious owner's cabin is located in the fore ship. The two spacious guest cabins have a double- and a bunk bed. The U-shaped galley is located underneath the front windows of the deck salon and is light and spacious. In the fore ship is a head with separate shower and the day head is located in the deck salon.

The engine room is located under the deck salon with space for the main engine, a generator, water maker and other technique. The hydraulic transom door is a wonderful bathing platform and also provides access to the dinghy storage. The Axonite 57 is also available with alternative keel versions and lay outs.

At the moment, the design team is also developing a 90 foot Axonite.K&M Yachtbuilders, Satellite Yacht Design and Guido de Groot Design present the Axonite 57. These three companies are respectively responsible for the building, design and styling of the yacht. At the end of 2010, the Axonite 69 was launched in Makkum, and now the companies developed a smaller version in the line of Axonites. The result is a 57-footer, with the same design criteria and entirely designed in the same style like the Axonite 69. Here the focus is also on sailing and comfort. The ratio between the sail area and displacement is optimized by applying a retractable T-keel, with a variable draft of 2.90-1.40 meter and 1750 litre water ballast per side. The choice to keep the cockpit as low as possible is made so the crew can move themselves safely at sea. This is further enhanced by fastening the mainsheet on a roll bar so there is no obstacle between the deck salon and the steering position. To move safely on deck, a bulwark is created. The permanent cockpit table offers a good grip during sailing and a cozy place in the port or at anchorage.

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Having graduated with a degree from the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena (USA), de Groot went on to spend six years as a car designer in Paris for Citroën. Then in 1986, inspired by viewing the 45m (148ft) De Vries (Feadship) Highlander, de Groot began designing yachts in parallel with his career in car design. He launched Guido de Groot Design in 1997, specialising in innovative interiors and exteriors for both luxury motor and sailing yachts.

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Guido de Groot is developing together with Doug Sharp Design and Intec Marine a new type of semi-displacement hybrid motor yacht. To be built in aluminum, the 150 feet yacht features several novelties including the use of a small gas turbine generator for bringing the yacht on her top speed of 25 knots.

Two technical areas on board instead of one conventional engine room allows to create a layout with a large tender garage and a beach club area and more interior space for guests and crew on the lower deck. Propulsion is given by Voith Linear Jet drives in combination with 2 electro engines. The yacht is making use of 8 kW solar panels, 4 vertical axis wind turbines and 2 speed generators.

 

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