Published: Friday, 19 April 2013
Mike Fulton

The completely custom-built 40-metre superyacht Apostrophe was launched from the Hakvoort shipyard on April 13, marking the culmination of a cooperation between Reymond Langton Design, who carried out the interior and exterior design work, naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design, and brokerage support from Moran Yacht & Ship. 

Apostrophe was blessed by a Russian Orthodox priest in a ceremony attended by her owner, his guests and the craftsmen responsible for her construction.

Hakvoort Launches 40m Apostrophe

This new client for Hakvoort is a very experienced boat owner. He decided to make the step up to a fully-customized superyacht of premium Dutch quality. At the keel laying ceremony, some three years ago, he pledged to push himself to the limit to make this one of the best vessels afloat.

“He was certainly true to his word,” explained project manager Alexander Speksnijder. “Every suggestion made by the architects was accepted regardless of cost, and there were no compromises made during the build. Apostrophe has turned out to be everything the owner intended.”

This project had required everyone to pull together in a tough economic climate. “When we first signed the contract for Apostrophe, five years ago, we were living in very different times,” said Klaas Hakvoort, co-director of the family-run shipyard that bears his name. “Soon the recession began to bite and the usually cooperative banks refused to finance construction. The owner’s business was also facing challenges. Together with the brokers Moran Yacht and Ship, whose contribution has been way beyond the norm, we came up with a unique solution. The fact that Apostrophe has already successfully battled her first storm makes us all the more proud that she is one of the finest yachts ever launched by Hakvoort.”

She features coloured tones, black windows, a striking grey hull and gleaming white superstructure. A wealth of complex shapes in the profile, combined with long-running lines from bow to stern, creates a very unique look. The curved windows in the owner’s area on the main deck are very special and are mirrored in the sky lounge above. All these aspects make this yacht look significantly longer than her 40 metres.