203' Schooner Athos
The giant schooner Athos, with an overall length of 203 feet and a length over deck of 184 feet, was launched in 2010 at Holland Jachtbouw to considerable acclaim. The design was subject to tank tests with various keels and rudders on a 1:10 scale - an actual 19-foot model was used - as well as extensive wind tunnel tests. Thanks to these preparations, Athos has a graceful aero and hydrodynamic shape, with a deep-V hull, shallow draught keel and integrated centreboard configuration. Computational Fluid Dynamics calculations determined the optimal keel shape details and centreboard position. The rig features furling booms, carbon spars, fibre rigging and captive winches on sheets and halyards, making her almost fully pushbutton-operated. Athos' eleven-metre beam allows for an enormous amount of interior volume, including a private owners' cockpit and deckhouse, four guest cabins, a main deckhouse with a formal dining and lounge area, and five crew cabins. Other interior highlights include a large walk-in fridge freezer, a separate control room including a captain's/engineer office directly connected to the engineer's cabin, a large laundry area, and direct access from the control room into the engine room. Some of the unique features of Athos are standing headroom in her engine room under the main salon and double main engines driving controllable pitch propellers. Integrated side platforms constitute ideal landing possibilities for dinghies, while large deck lockers provide storage for two 29-er sailboats, two Optimists, two motorbikes, scuba gear and a fly boat. Hoek Design was responsible for the interior design, exterior styling and all naval architecture, with Jos Scholten acting as owner's representative.