New from KM Yachtbuilders in the Netherlands, The Bestewind 50 is a rare thing: a GRP hull from the company that declares itself "dedicated to the construction of aluminium custom-built sailing yachts". (For more details see: Bestewind 50 review: lively liveaboard yacht.) Described on the company's own website as "...a real eye-catcher with robust, classical lines, a straight bow, an overhanging transom..." click on the video link below to follow boats.com reviewer Gael Pawson on a quick first-look tour of the boat at Southampton Boat Show.
A fast and serious sailing yacht of a timeless and classical appearance, the Bestewind 50 is designed by Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects. The transom has a collapsible swimming platform and a gate which offers an easy way through to the cockpit. As all halyards are led aft from the mast, the deck remains uncluttered and neatly arranged. The Bestewind 50 is easily sailed by a couple – a trait shared by many cruising yachts over 50ft we've reviewed on www.boats.com, including the Beneteau Oceanis 55 and the Elan Impression 494.
The interior layout and finish is in a combination of mahogany and off-white with an appealing traditional look. The pilothouse is a distinctive feature and contains the nav station and a seating arrangement with an uninterrupted view of the surroundings. This is ideal for watchkeeping on long passages, but also very pleasant when moored or at anchor.
The Bestewind 50 conforms to the highest quality requirements and is built to CE category A.