LeVen will deliver speeds in excess of 27 knots provided by a Voith linear jet propulsion system. Akin to a water jet but located under the boat, the Voith linear jet creates a minimal wash of water and is virtually noiseless.“It’s the best of both worlds,” says Bouma, “the propeller capabilities of a water jet with the noise characteristics of a conventional propeller underneath the boat.” And when combined with the slide hull, the advantages are two-fold; heaving over the waves, rather than contouring them like conventional boats, onboard comfort is fully optimised. Durable enough to allow the owner to gently beach the boat while venturing ashore, LeVen delivers on all fronts, and yet sails without drama.
Design-wise, LeVen benefits from an aft-leaning exterior and multiple levels, including terraces (each with a dedicated function) and a single level sundeck. Vast interior spaces set within the yacht’s compact 28m are achieved with 3m ceiling heights, a dramatic use of glass and an open-plan layout. The dining area has been relocated to a permanent al fresco position while in the owner’s suite, the spectacular windows feature paired-back mullions, and are just 30cm above water level. The use of driftwood for the floors and cabinetry complements the presence of leather and marble creating a harmonious interior with practical appeal.