Dutch shipyard, Holland Jachtbouw has announced that the 42.7m J-Class yacht, J8 has been launched from its Zaandem shipyard on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
Now christened ‘Topaz’, she is the latest J-Class yacht to join the global sailing fleet. This Frank C. Paine and Hoek design collaboration has the longest waterline length of any J-Class to date, at 26.8m. She also has a reduced wetted surface area, and the highest keel aspect ratio of all J’s.
Topaz has a double cockpit and deckhouse layout with the helm station amidship, positioned in front of the aft deckhouse. RSB Rigging Solutions will supply the running and rigging package.
The hull of Topaz was built at Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw and then transferred to HJB for completion.
The new J-Class Yacht is now due to undergo commissioning sea trials with the project teams from HJB and Cornelsen and Partners, her project managers, plus naval architects from the Hoek office. She is expected for delivery in July.
This latest launch brings the J Class Association’s fleet to eight boats on the water.
For more information, visit Holland Jachtbouw.