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Designed by Van de Stadt, the renowned firm of Dutch naval architects, La Novia is a 60’ monohull sloop. The design concept was for a high performance cruising yacht, optimised for shorthanded circumnavigation with a high degree of comfort for long-term life aboard.
The performance is achieved by the advanced hull design, lightweight construction and large sail area. Despite her power and speed she can be single-handed without trouble at sea owing to her unstayed, balanced rig - the Aerorig.
She was built by Johan Vels in Medemblick - widely regarded as the best wood core composite builder in Holland before his retirement.
Her hull is constructed of a multilayer composite sandwich of Cedar, mahogany, glassfibre and Kevlar, laminated together with epoxy resin. This is further strengthened by bearers and ring-frames made of cedar beams reinforced with carbon fibre unidirectionals.
No other construction technique gives comparable strength, rigidity, puncture resistance, longevity and resistance to corrosion at such low weight. At a dry weight of just 21 metric tons she is nearly 40% lighter than an Oyster 62!
The weight saving philosophy is pursued throughout the boat and every item used in construction was weighed and positioned to achieve optimum weight distribution.
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