A trojan seahorse

Zeepaard

The sheerline, the open bow, the dynamic superstructure – all of the Zeepaard’s design features point to its research vessel credentials and solid, identifiable Vripack DNA. Built by French shipyard JFA Yachts in 2003, and initially designed for a European client who appreciated the Vripack heritage, the 37m Zeepaard shares similar characteristics with Vripack’s iconic Doggersbank series.

Equipped with a 5,500Nm range, the yacht is well-suited to adventurous expeditions, and Zeepaard has undertaken some impressive cruising with the entire family on board.

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'There is a lot of superstructure in the stern, which is the most comfortable area of the boat, not to mention the most heavy and/or stable part, too, with the engine room located directly below.'

JOOST MERTENS – FLEET MANAGER

Zeepaard is built ready for exploration. As a turnkey project, both the interior and exterior, as well as the naval architecture come from Vripack’s drawing boards. Her high bow means she can power through rough seas in remote areas and still easily deflect water. Her voluminous hull (283GT) makes her stable and spacious with minimal pitching motions, while the superstructure provides guests with a comfortable onboard experience. She has circumnavigated the world twice, cruised through the Suez Canal (with ex-military on board for pirate security) and sailed along the African coastline. The family have also spent large amounts of time in and around Asia, relaxing with the children on board and making the most of the family-friendly features.

Maintained in great condition throughout the years by all of her owners, Zeepaard’s classical interior design has also stood the test of time and still blends very well with the exterior. Accommodating 10 guests in five spacious cabins (and a crew of seven), and a large elevated sun deck, the yacht offers privacy and protection at all times to those on board. Zeepaard – meaning seahorse in Dutch, and she truly lives up to her name.

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'The closed superstructure and high wheelhouse are so well-shielded from the sea spray, that the captain famously claims to never have the need to use the windscreen wipers resulting in her owner taking them of.'

JOOST MERTENS – FLEET MANAGER

SPECIFICATIONS

Current name Zeepaard (ex Axantha 1)
Design number 4761
Year of built 2003
Year of refit 2011
Length 37.18 M
Beam 8.18 M
Draft 2.44 M
Designer Vripack
Naval Architect Vripack
Structural Engineering Vripack
Mechanical Engineering Vripack
Interior Design Vripack
Interior Engineering Vripack
Yard Chantier Naval JFA
Type of vessel Research vessel
Hull type Round bilge
Material Aluminum
Classification Lloyds 100A1, LMC, MCA compliant
Engine Twin CAT 3406 E DI-TA
Speed (cruising/max) 10.5 / 13 kts
Fuel capacity 54,000 ltrs
Fresh water capacity 12,515 ltrs
Grey / black water capacity 5,800 ltrs
Owner & Guest 10 persons
Crew 7 persons