Bestevaer Test Sail – Yacht Designer on Board!

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This time on Distant Shores we test sail two Bestevaer aluminum sailboats – both built by KM Yachts in the Netherlands and are thrilled to sail with the yachts’ designer, legendary Gerard Dykstra.

00:00 Introduction
01:00 Bestevaer 45 aluminum sailboat test sail
03:18 Lemmer canal sailing to Dutch village
04:24 Test sail Bestevaer 53 with Yacht Designer
05:00 Gerard “Gerry” Dykstra Yacht Designer
05:56 Gimballed navigation “nav” station
06:30 Ergonomic design galley with gimballed stove and counter
07:11 Watertight bulkhead compartments sailboat design
07:41 Water ballast system for performance and reduced angle of heel
08:56 Undocking with aluminium 53 foot monohull
09:23 Sailing on board Bestevaer 53
11:28 Pilothouse nav-desk with forward views Bestevaer 53
12:22 Test sailing with Gerard Dykstra
13:27 Next time

Special Thanks to:
Dykstra Naval Architects & KM Yachts
Gebroeders van Enkhuizen BV

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Paul and Sheryl Shard are award-winning travel documentary television producers and videographers who have been cruising internationally since 1989 documenting their global adventures for television, social media, in books and sailing publications. They have sailed over 110,000 nm including 9 ocean crossings and are the producers and presenters of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series which is broadcast to 47 million households in 24 languages around the world (AWE, Nautical Channel, ACCTV, ShineTV). Through their TV programs, YouTube videos, articles/blogs and popular cruising seminars, the Shards help anyone dreaming of setting sail to get out on the water and experience their own adventure safely and comfortably.

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Sheryl and Paul

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