Grabau International is delighted to announce its successful sale of a brand new 2021 Performance Classic Yachts Pilot Classic 55.
The design brief given to Hoek Design for the PC 55 was to replicate the success of the PC66 and create: • A visually stunning yacht • A yacht that was fast and responsive to sail – a “Sailors Yacht” geared to being able to sail shorthanded. • To have a ‘supersized’ and usable cockpit ergonomically divided into a dining area where 8 can dine in comfort, a sailing area where one can trim without leaving the helm, and a sunbathing area. • To have a open and light interior where the focus was on the Saloon area and an interior able to sleep 6 in three double cabins including a luxurious Owners cabin forward • A yacht practical in terms of tankage and storage for equipment
The hand-built interior is designed by Hoek to be both very light and airy based on a New England beach house style using white panelled vertical surfaces and varnish wood detailing to create a modern classic feel. A large saloon seating area with folding table, a spacious well-appointed galley and separate navigational area are the focus point of the interior. The yacht sleeps six in comfort with a large Owners cabin forward with its own ensuite and then two double cabins aft with a shared head.
As in her larger sibling the cockpit is very spacious area divided into 3 areas. A large folding table will easily seat 8 in comfort whilst the yacht can be sailed and trimmed without leaving the helm. The coach roof mounted traveler system allows a full bimini and dodger for those wanting to stay out of the elements and importantly keeps the mainsheet away from guests in the cockpit.
With the design being geared towards a yacht that was fast and responsive to sail it meant a construction method where both lightness and strength were required. Accordingly, the PC55 is built with a multi-layer epoxy lamination system with a Gurit Coracell M-foam cored Hull and deck, all laminated with E-Glass and epoxy resin and vacuum bagged supported by a carbon-reinforced grid system. The interior Bulkheads and furniture are also in composite and taped into the hull to create a high strength and light monocoque structure.
YACHTING PRESS REVIEW:
“The PC55 is a performance cruiser with a difference – it’s looks. It owes its aesthetic inspiration to the original pilot cutters – working yachts that gained a legendary reputation thanks to their speed, manoeuvrability and ability to be handled by just two crewmembers.
The traditional pilot cutter is oft described as the best yacht design ever. It seems strange then that there is not a greater choice of pilot cutter inspired designs around today.
One person who is onto their enduring appeal more than any other though is Andre Hoek. Hoek’s ‘Pilot Classic’ range spans the whole size spectrum, from the 33ft Essence and 37ft Wally Nano to the 152ft Royal Huisman built Elfje and even a 200ft+ project currently on the boards.
Performance Classic Yachts (PC Yachts) has created a production yacht business around these Hoek designs from this PC55 up to a 85 footer. It is a eight-year old British company that sub contracts the semi-custom builds to Metur Yachts in Bodrum. Metur, a classic yacht specialist, has built numerous Hoek designs over the last two decades, including two for Andre Hoek himself.
The first PC Yacht was a wood-epoxy built Pilot Classic 66 in 2014, followed by this composite PC55. The designs retain the generous sail area of a pilot cutter, albeit with a Bermudan rig, combined with a modern underwater shape. Weight is reduced and centralised wherever possible to optimise performance.
The combination of classic-inspired lines together with a modern lightweight shell and appendages looks quite irresistible. We travelled to Bodrum to see if the mix works on the water.
We had perfect trial conditions, with winds averaging 15 knots over calm seas. The PC55 is designed for the yacht to be powered up in typical Force 3–4 Med conditions.
And she was quick to establish why the word ‘performance’ belongs in her title. We clocked 9–9.5 knots beam reaching, 8.5 knots when fetching and 7.5–8 knots upwind tacking through 85º. I was impressed.
Our test was a good representation of how a potential owner would want to sail the PC55. It’s an ideal concept for those who want to keep their yacht in a Med marina – to be able to take it out for a sail with partner and/or friend and maximise the moderate breezes.
… much rests on the looks of the PC55 and whether they hook you in. The PC55 represents a cool blend of modern styling on a dreamy pilot cutter shape. It’s a yacht that has that ability to turn heads anywhere.”
Yachting World – November 2017
We wish her new owners fair winds and following seas.
For those that missed out, Grabau International has a number of other similar yachts available for sale including:
Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.
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