AMAZING Photos! VAAN R4 out of the shed and getting ready for test sail!

VAAN R4-001 is nearing the test sail date and has first light of day pictures out!

Published by Eldin Basic on October 5th, 2021

As a selected UK broker for sale of VAAN Catamarans, A2AYACHTING is pleased to announce that first VAAN R4-001 is out of the shed and getting ready for test sail.  VAAN are building a very distinctive brand as builders of high quality sailing catamarans who are using fully recyclable materials 100%.  This includes recycled or recyclable aluminum hulls as well as various cyclical materials used in both exterior and the interior.  Fitting well in line of our own commitment to support charities or projects such as Water Revolution Foundation, first fully recyclable VAAN sailing catamaran, the R4-001 will have a test sail date confirmed any day now.

VAAN R4 will be a 42ft performance sailing cat offered from 429,000 Eur (increased from 399,000 EUR in October 2021!).  She can come with options such as foldable centreboards (150-190cm total draft) at a cost of 12,900 Eur, FSC cork decking in cockpit and transom (7,900 Eur) or on the upper deck (11,025 Eur).  Other notable and recommendable extras for VAAN R4 (similar offering for NEW R5 which is being built too) are electric furling system jib at 13,121 Eur, Quantum 85m2 Code-0 with furler at 11,625 Eur or 2x Harken electric winches on V-grinder at 7,090 Eur to name but a few.

Known as a builder of sailing catamarans with electric engines, optionals of which are self-generating, VAAN will not offer diesel engines.  Standard electric ones are 2x 10KW (2x 20hp) Torqeedo saildrives, while Ocean Volt SD15 saildrives with 2x15kW and hydro generation are available as an extra at 22,245 Eur. More powerful Ocean Volt Twin sail drive 15 with servo prop hi-power hydro generation are available at 36,045 Eur while second helm engine control lever costing 1,290 Eur to install. 

Standard batteries are likely to be Torqeedo 4x Power 24-3500 (18kWh) while upgraded 21kWh XL Battery Pack (42kWh total) is available at 22,450 Eur.  Generator (15kW incl. 200l diesel tank) costs 28,900 Eur, Solar Panels 640Wp cost 4,750 Eur while reversible Heating/Airco system (in combination with generator) costs 22,500 Eur.  Watermaker is 11,900 Eur while the standard NAV package by B&G that includes 2x Tridon 2 Displays, 2x Zeus evo3 9inch, Precisions 9 compass, V90S VHF, H50 Wireless handset, WS310 Windsensor, DST800 Transducer, Triton 2 Pilot controller, NAC3 Autopilot computer, RF25 Rudder etc costs 15,862 Eur.

A fully equipped VAAN R4 can cost as high as 850,000 Eur (including code-0 sail, upgraded el. Engines and battery pack, generator, air con and many, many other extras, while a reasonably equipped blue ocean sailing boat is likely to be around 650,000... Delivery times are to be confirmed at the time of order. 10-12 months is initial suggestion with a small refundable deposit of 5,000 Eur sufficient to secure your own slot.  However, the demand is high and new orders may have to be pushed as back as 18 months in case you are late with your reservation. Let us just add that the Code Zero is not available on most other production catamarans and one of the reasons is because they are unlikely to sail in anything other than powerful winds.  A code-0 sail's definition is ''a cross between a genoa and an asymmetrical spinnaker that is used for sailing close to the wind in light air'' ... You won't be offered this as an optional extra on most other types of catamaran for a single reason; as they can't sail when reaching close to the wind. 

SPECIFICATIONS (subject to change)

  • LOA: 42ft / 12.95m

  • Beam: 7.04 m

  • LWL:  12.39 cm

  • Draft: 150 cm / 190 cm (retractable centerboard optional)

  • Propulsion: 2x electric pods

NEW R8 in pipeline and VISIT to the SHIPYARD:
Most importantly, these are high quality EU built products
 (Dutch built) and are made of truly sustainable and circular materials such as recycled aluminium, FSC certified cork decking, leather-replacements from pineapple leaves and biological fabrics. And of course it is all-electric too.  Bigger sister ship of R4, the R5 will also have an enclosed cockpit version.  With LA version of VAAN R5, there will be no flapping tents, zippers and view distorting plastic but crystal clear floor-to-ceiling glass all the way around. For different parts of the world or sudden weather changes, the R5 LA will offer the best of all worlds.  This focus on high quality will enable the shipyard to build even more luxurious models.  There is also a plan to launch a NEW R8 as of end of early 2023. Will you be a first customer to take one of these !?  We would also be pleased to welcome you at the shipyard and show you around the premises as well as existing work and future plans.  Call us to arrange your visit now!

In case you are interested to learn more or indeed to order a NEW VAAN R4 sailing catamaran, we can send you a quote with selected equipment which we recommend as essential or necessary for a private owner or we can just send you a general excel pricing for you to select any extras.  We can also offer a fully managed solution with crew service, insurance, booking as central agency so as to reduce your ownership costs by providing some returns through charter income or we can advise on who to equip the boat based on your actual sailing area and for the private usage.  Awaiting your feedback before sending a quote.

To book your luxury sailing catamaran charter in 2023 (no VAAN cats will be chartering before most likely) and on board of a NEW VAAN R4, or on one of the other yachts available for charter across the Mediterranean in 2022, on a lastminute deals or advance bookings for next year, please do get in touch by filling out the enquiry form, by email, on WhatsApp or on social media.

This news refers to the NEW VAAN R4 sailing catamaran to be launched in Holland by end of October 2021.

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