Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)

Stunning Swiss Performance Yachts 10m sailing yacht

by Jake Kavanagh 13 Jul 04:00 PDT
Sailing Swiss Performance Yachts 10m sailing yacht © Kristjan-Jaak Tammsaar

Tucked away within a modern furniture factory near Tallinn, Estonia, a small company is building beautiful new boats in wood whilst also restoring some classics from the 60's. The first 10-metre sailing yacht was being made using WEST SYSTEM® epoxy to bond the mahogany veneers.

Built to plans from the Dutch naval architects Hoek Design, Swiss Performance Yachts first 10-metre sailing yacht is a modern classic. On a visit to Estonia last year, we saw the hull taking shape in a factory workshop just a few yards from where high-class Jacuzzis were being built for penthouse apartments.

The 10-metre yacht has the sleek graceful lines reminiscent of a Folkboat and is really intended as a day-sailer with weekending capability. The hull is made using cold moulding techniques, with yellow cedar planks on the inside and three layers of mahogany veneers built up on the outside.

"Here in Estonia we have the wood-working skills available to create such a beautiful yacht," said CEO Mairold (pronounced 'may-rolled) Metsavir. "We can make one of these boats a year and whilst wooden boatbuilding is not a huge share of the market nowadays, the custom base is made up of dedicated and passionate enthusiasts willing to commission a brand new yacht from us."

However, the 10-metre is not entirely traditional but rather a mix of the best of both worlds. She has a carbon mast, a modern bulb keel arrangement and a 7hp Farymann diesel engine working via a Gori folding propeller, but sit in her traditional cockpit and glance down into her hand crafted hull and you could be stepping back to the glorious days of sail.

So where does Mairold source such a fine selection of yacht building timber?

"I have an excellent supplier in John Lammerts van Bueren from Dutch-based Touchwood BV who is also a key member of the International 8-metre Association," he said. "He has sawmills all around the world and knows exactly what we need, so the mix of woods in this boat has come from a variety of countries. The mahogany is from Africa, the cedar from Alaska and the pine from the US."

Swiss Performance Yachts has also used epoxy resin as the preferred construction method rather than the more traditional copper nail system. In fact, we noticed WEST SYSTEM epoxy being widely used across Estonia's new build and restoration sector. Sitting beside the 10-metre, for example, was an original Riva Aquarama motorboat, hull number 50 from 1964, which was undergoing extensive restoration using epoxy techniques. The boat was having new decks, new underwater sections and new frames to make her look like new again.

"We have the skills, the materials and the room here to build any wooden boat you might like from new, or restore one that has seen better days," Mariold said. "Just give us the plans and we will do the rest."

Technical specification:

  • Model: Swiss Performance Yachts 10-metre
  • LOA: 10.4m
  • Beam: 2.4m
  • Draft: 1.4m
  • Displacement: 2000kg
  • Construction: Wood epoxy laminate
  • Rig: Fractional sloop
  • Keel: Fin keel with bulb
  • Rudder: Balanced spade design
  • Mainsail: 26.5m2
  • Jib: 20.5m2
  • Gennaker: 70m2
  • Engine: 7hp Farymann diesel
  • Designer: Hoek Design Naval Architects.

For more information, contact:

Swiss Performance Yachts
Rotermanni 8,
Old Jahuladu – 4 flr
Tallinn
Estonia
Tel: +372 501 4770
E:

See more boats created with WEST SYSTEM epoxy products at www.epoxycraft.com

Find out more about WEST SYSTEM epoxy products at westsysteminternational.com/en/west-system/west-system

Related Articles

Building the awesome Black Marlin
Jan Andersen's 10m Carbon-Fibre Trimaran The best way to make a cruising yacht with a performance 'far above normal' is to use multiple hulls infused with West System International's PRO-SET epoxy. Then use composites to create an equally light rig and interior. Posted on 29 Jun
PRO-SET laminated Maguire Exocets take top 17
Total domination at the Moth Worlds in Bermuda Soon to be celebrating the creation of their 100th Exocet Moth, the team at Hampshire-based Maguire Boats are flushed with the success of recent racing results. Posted on 4 Jun
WSI supports the restoration of Lively Lady
With products and expertise from the West System International team Products from West System International and expertise from the UK-based technical team have been donated to a charity attempting to revive a piece of sailing history, the 36ft sailing yacht Lively Lady. Posted on 28 May
WSI helps give young people an Oarsome Chance
Providing products and other materials to ground-breaking new charity West System International (WSI) has provided an extensive range of WEST SYSTEM® products and other materials to ground-breaking new charity, Oarsome Chance, for use in its OC 24 Skiff build project. Posted on 18 May
Why epoxy is re-energising the racing dinghy
Resurgence in popularity of the classic designs The Merlin Rocket. The Osprey. The 505. The Mirror. The International Moth. What do all of these classic dinghy designs have in common? They're experiencing a resurgence in popularity – and that's largely thanks to epoxy resin. Posted on 24 Apr
Wessex Resins certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2015
Achieving the transition to the latest Quality Management System Wessex Resins and Adhesives Ltd is delighted to announce that it has achieved the transition to the latest Quality Management System and the Company is now certified to BS EN ISO 9001:2015. Posted on 19 Apr
What gloves when working with epoxy?
Latex is giving ground to Nitrile as the safety glove of choice Latex (white glove) is giving ground to Nitrile (blue glove) as the safety glove of choice for epoxy work. Posted on 18 Apr
How to fix your lifeline stanchions
With thickened WEST SYSTEM® epoxy and fibreglass Is one or more of your lifeline stanchions coming away from its base? It's a common problem but it's vital that it's fixed quickly. A repair with thickened WEST SYSTEM® epoxy and fibreglass will do an excellent job. Posted on 15 Apr
Repairs at events: David Johnson gives his advice
We talk to West System International's resident expert at the RYA Dinghy Show We asked West System International's resident expert if there's one West System product he'd take to a sailing event, just in case he needed to make a repair... he chose three! Posted on 14 Mar
YY.com app (top)