Established in 1992 in the village of Heeg in the northern Dutch province of Friesland, Wajer & Wajer has since profiled itself as a remarkably progressive yacht builder. Since its inception, the yard has made history with ...
... three unique models – the Captain’s Launch, the Zeelander and the Wajer Osprey 37 – each characterised by their elegant design, impeccable sailing performance and excellent durability, with the premium quality that customers expect from the Made in Holland label. The yard is now putting the finishing touches to an all-new model, the fascinating Wajer Osprey 34, which will be making its début in mid-2011.
The Wajer Osprey 34 neatly occupies the space between the 28 Captain’s Launch and the Wajer Osprey 37. Like the 37, the Wajer Osprey 34 has an exceptionally elegant design. The timeless looking boat is also packed with innovative technologies that will ensure it retains its value for years to come. The model is the yard’s answer to market demands for an instantly recognisable Wajer between the sloop and yachts in the product line.
The Osprey 34 Wajer is unrivalled in its segment, synthesising a sense of luxury, forward-looking technology and engines, and advanced design. A fine example of the various smart new innovations is the 150-degree rotating swimming platform, which significantly enhances the accessibility and user-friendliness of the stern section. Other important design features include sheltered sailing in the cockpit as well as the characteristic seating area with three steering chairs in the foreship. Special attention was dedicated to seating comfort throughout the forward and aft ship.
The careful balance between classic wooden details and ease of maintenance was based on feedback from existing Wajer owners and the market in general. In addition to Wajer’s distinctive wooden frames around the windows, the 34 also has a new feature in the shape of an eye-catching wood detail around the cabin top and cockpit edge. And there are many other elements which will attract attention through a striking combination of new materials, beautiful colours and contemporary design.
Advanced technology and engines
The Wajer Osprey 34 will be available in single and twin engine versions, with a choice between four and six-cylinder Yanmar TDI engines. Highly efficient and quiet, these two engine types provide 150 and 260 hp respectively, and have the best power-to-weight ratio in the market. The Yanmar models are also used in the latest car models from BMW.
The Osprey 34 will also have a stainless steel axle and high-efficiency propeller, with an optional silent bow and stern water jet system for improved manoeuvrability. A hybrid propulsion system is available upon request, allowing fully electric propulsion in harbours and environmentally protected areas.
Partners in design
The Wajer Osprey 34 is the culmination of a creative design process that started in 2008. Wajer & Wajer worked closely with Vripack, Van Oossanen & Associates, whereby the partners placed special emphasis on the performance in waves, reducing the chance of slamming to an absolute minimum. Though prominent, the spray rails on the hull are designed not to interfere with sailing performance and ensure dry sailing in all conditions. The single-engine model of the Wajer Osprey 34 also includes a small keelson, which improves the yacht’s directional stability.
The helmsman and his guests enjoy the comforts of a cockpit with elegant and clearly arranged controls. Simplicity and clarity are central to the operation of the Wajer Osprey 34. The aluminium dashboard is as aesthetically pleasing as it is ergonomically responsible, with each component carefully placed within easy reach. A new Simrad LED display relays all relevant information through a single convenient screen.
Wajer Jachtbouw’s facilities
The Wajer Osprey 34 will be built at the Wajer Jachtbouw yard in Heeg, in the northern Dutch province of Friesland. The production rests on three moulds – one each for hull, deck and interior, including technical details – which allows for the most efficient and environmentally friendly production method possible, based entirely on vacuum injection. The result draws heavily on traditional Dutch craftsmanship, and translates into a yacht of unparalleled sophistication for inland and coastal waters. The first Wajer Osprey 34’s are sold and will be launched in mid-2011 with a price starting at € 304,000 excluding VAT.
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Wajer & Wajer has started construction on the brand-new design for the Osprey 34. While a family connection with the award winning Wajer Osprey 37 is easily recognisable in its design, the 34 comes in a nimbler format, with lots of improvements in terms of manoeuvrability, ease of operation, lower cost of ownership and – most importantly – contemporary sailing comfort.
The Wajer & Wajer yard was started in 1992 by passionate yacht builders who wished to combine Dutch craftsmanship with striking design and smart innovation. The three existing models – the Captain’s Launch, Wajer Osprey 37 and Zeelander – continue to reflect the ambition of the company’s early years. Rather than aspiring to build a yacht in every segment, the Wajer & Wajer yard aims to have for each of its models set the standard at the high-end of its sector.
After the glory years around the turn of the century and the shaky recent period, the yachting world has seen the rise of an entirely new segment. Wajer & Wajer was among the first to design an ideal yacht for this new market: The Wajer Osprey 34, a unique combination of timeless elegance and advanced technology that guarantees enjoyment at sea in a cosy atmosphere thanks to ultimate comfort and easy-to-reach controls.
A whole new sailing experience
Numerous conversations with clients and visitors to the office in Loosdrecht and the yard in Heeg have taught the designers at Wajer & Wajer that the desires of sailors have changed more in the past two years than in the previous twenty. This has been further emphasised by recent developments in the industry. At the top of the market there is a need for downsizing in terms of format without giving up anything in terms of appearance, comfort or performance. At the same time, many would like to upgrade without making boats ‘showier’. And both these tendencies need to take into account issues of environmental sustainability. This is why Wajer started developing the Osprey 34 in 2008 with two leaders in their respective fields: Vripack Naval Architects and Van Oossanen & Associates.
The brief given to the designers and engineers was to devise a luxury yacht that would be instantly recognisable as a Wajer Osprey by its flowing lines, harmonious proportions and sustainable and high quality materials – as evident in areas like the striking window section. Other typical elements include sheltered sailing in the cockpit and the characteristic seating in the foreship, with the helmsman always central to the vessel and surrounded by the onboard party. The designers delivered a yacht that has preserved all the striking design features and qualities of the Osprey 37, while distinguishing itself with a nimbler size and lower cost of ownership thanks to even lower maintenance and operating costs.
To Wajer & Wajer, innovation represents any viable new development that brings benefits to owners. It starts with a highly efficient construction of the composite product with three moulds – hull, deck and interior, including technical details – and work takes place based on the most modern and environmentally friendly closed mould technique, which deploys vacuum injection only.
A reduced water displacement, lower weight and improved hydrodynamics ensure enhanced stability in waves, increased manoeuvrability and an unprecedented level of comfort. In collaboration with Vripack Naval Architects and Van Oossanen & Associates, a great deal of attention was paid to course stability and onboard comfort at low speeds, as well as the prevention of slamming by rolling waves against the hull. A particularly deep V-shaped hull ensures a profile that maximises the waterline and reduces slamming to an absolute minimum.
A striking example of innovation in the field of comfort and convenience is the 150-degree folding stern swim platform, which has greatly increased the accessibility and user-friendliness of the aft ship. Moreover, thanks to the installation of engines with the most modern diesel technology combined with careful insulation of the engine compartment, the Wajer Osprey 34 is exceptionally quiet – even at speeds exceeding 30 knots.
In addition to the use of eco-friendly and high-quality materials and production methods, yacht construction is increasingly focusing on sustainability in terms of maintenance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Accordingly, when choosing engines for its new model, Wajer opted for the excellent weight/kW (hp) ratio, quiet performance and low fuel consumption and emissions of Yanmar Marine engines.
For owners looking to be even cleaner and quieter, an optional hybrid propulsion system is available upon request, allowing fully electric propulsion in harbours and environmentally protected areas. All this is achieved without any compromises in terms of performance, and with the required maintenance for the engines reduced to a minimum. This obviously delivers a significant further reduction in the cost of ownership.
The new Wajer Osprey 34 comes with a 150 hp four-cylinder Yanmar diesel TDI engine as standard. Those who wish for more engine power can choose an optional configuration with two such standard engines, or twin 260 hp engines, which are also featured in the latest BMW cars. Another option is the Volvo D4-300 hp engine.
Propulsion is ensured by a stainless steel axle and four-blade high-efficiency propeller. An optional silent bow and stern water jet system can be added for improved manoeuvrability. Depending on the engines chosen, the speed can reach over 30 knots.
Contemporary cruising experience
The special cockpit layout on the Osprey 34 ensures that the helmsman has excellent visibility all around without having to be isolated from family, friends or guests onboard. The freestanding swivelling pilot seat is flanked by two multi-purpose co-pilot seats, and directly behind them are two very comfortable settees. The central LED display and the controls are placed exactly where one would intuitively expect them to be, while the innovative bow shape with improved flared bow and effective spray rails ensure that the cockpit stays dry in all sailing conditions.
The next step
Construction of the first Wajer Ospreys 34 has already begun. Sales have started and delivery is scheduled for mid-2011. If you would like to know more, contact Dries Wajer, who would be pleased to explain in detail the benefits of Dutch design and the Made in Holland label. The luxurious Wajer Osprey is available from € 304,000,- excluding VAT.
Technical specifications: Wajer Osprey 34
Sales : Wajer & Wajer Yachts bv
Yard : Wajer Jachtbouw Heeg
Design : Vripack Naval Architects
Length overall : 9.83 metres
Beam : 3.40 metres
Draught : 0.90 metres
Vertical clearance : 2.00 metres
Displacement : + / - 5,500 kg
Construction : G.R.P. Composite
- 1x Yanmar Marine TDI 150-4 / four-cylinder
- 2x Yanmar Marine TDI 260-6 / six-cylinder
- 2x Volvo Marine 300 HP / four-cylinder
Maximum speed : 16 to 30 knots
Fuel tank : 500 litres
Water tank : 100 litres
Webasto heater : 20 litres
Blackwater tank : 100 litres
Design category : CE approved C
Max. load : 800 kg
Max. Passengers : 12