14 February 2017
14 February 2017
Based in Hamburg, Germany, Lütje Yachts manufactures individual sailing- and motorboats from 28 to 70 ft, demanding the use of first-class materials and the latest technology, which is why all boats built at Lütje are constructed using a sandwich core.
According to Diab, the Lütje boatbuilders were planning on making a daysailer out of the ordinary. They asked the well-known design office Judel/Vrolijk to help them out with a design for a 35 foot yacht and the shipyard subsequently built two hulls without any pre-orders. This was a bit risky, but both boats sold without delay. After nine months of construction work at the Lüthe shipyard in Hamburg, the two eye-catching 10.8 m Judel/Vrolijk Daysailers 35 were finished.
Diab explains that the hulls were built using DuraKore planks. It says that the company that manufactured the planks, vdL Composites, used ProBalsa in the process. DuraKore is a laminate made of E-Glas and epoxy resin, allowing for a composite hull that is as simple as solid wood strips but substantially lighter. The deck structure was made using Divinycell HM80 and E-Glass in epoxy. The design of the boat was kept as simple as possible, with an interior suitable for a shorter after-work tour or a weekend trip. The classic lines of the hull combined with a futuristic deck layout made of wood finish make this sailing boat a true eye-catcher.
“We have worked with Diab for years,” says Kai Arendholz, Technical Sales Manager at vdL. “We appreciate the good quality of ProBalsa which we know through the use of DuraKore planks. PVC foam is another material from Diab that we gladly use. The core of the sandwich structure makes all the difference if you want a perfect result. Diab is providing a consistent quality that we can rely on.”
Photo provided by Diab
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