Just imagine having your own sailing yacht built. A yacht made entirely according to your own wishes and requirements, like they do at KM Yachtbuilders. What would be at the top of your wishlist? That's what we asked the owner of the Zwarte Raaf (Black Raven), the new Besevaer 49ST: "Suitable for single handed sailing, a tiller, a minimum amount of technology on board, maximum draught of 2.10 metres, with a modern but nautical interior."
The Zwarte Raaf is clearly the smaller sister of the Bestevaer II, the yacht privately owned by designer Gerard Dijkstra. The hull shape, superstructure and pilot house are virtually the same as those of this illustrious predecessor.
With the Zwarte Raaf KM Yachtbuilders has delivered another unpainted aluminium yacht. Eeuwe Kooi, shipyard owner: "We would like to show people another one of our painted yachts. But customers are becoming more and more likely to opt for a plain hull. That's a big compliment for our hull builders!"
It has been decided to keep the paintwork on deck to a minimum: only the horizontal sections are painted in such a way that the visible aluminium flows into the painted parts. The pilot house and the superstructure are off-white and the deck is light grey. The cockpit is deep, compact, safe and has a tiller. The yacht has a length of almost 15 metres, but sails like a dinghy. Light on the rudder, manoeuvrable and fast.