Yard Tour

Just like any buyer, I wanted more information about the VAr 37 before I bought one.  Unlike most buyers, I have been to over 40 different yacht builders, from the larger builders like Beneteau, Catalina and Hunter, to loads of smaller yards like Morris, Pearson, TPI, Santa Cruz Yachts, Ericson, Olson, Hallberg Rassy, Vindo, Maxi and many, many times to the Contest yard in Holland.   So I have certain expectations and things I look for, based on my yard visits and offshore trips.

The most important thing I look for is how the structure of the boat is bonded to hull, and how the rig loads are transferred to the keel.  The keel connection is another critical load point.  I am not an engineer, but after 40 years of doing this, and 20 years of designing marine products, I do have certain expectations!

Many modern builders have done away with traditional fiberglass tabbing to connect the bulkheads and grids to the hull.  However, this time tested method, to my mind, still provides the strongest, most easily inspected and most easily repaired connections, and is how any higher quality yacht is built.

I was very impressed with the VAr 37 I saw at the Dusseldorf show in Jan 2014.  When I learned that there was a VAr 37 in production, I immediately drove to the yard and took these pics.  Hope you enjoy them  I also have some video, which I will post soon.

Filling bulkhead notches with epoxy/fibreglass paste

Filling bulkhead notches with epoxy/fibreglass paste

Seven massive keel bolts w 1/2" thick backing plates.

Seven massive keel bolts w 1/2″ thick backing plates.

Seven massive keel bolts w 1/2" thick backing plates.

Seven massive keel bolts w 1/2″ thick backing plates.

Seven massive keel bolts w 1/2" thick backing plates.

Seven massive keel bolts w 1/2″ thick backing plates.

Installing the deck hardware. Tomorrow the deck goes on.

Installing the deck hardware. Tomorrow the deck goes on.

Inside the deck with a groove for the head bulkheads

Inside the deck with a groove for the head bulkheads

Vacuum bagging is used to glue down the teak surfaces in the cockpit

Vacuum bagging is used to glue down the teak surfaces in the cockpit

The tops of the bulkheads prepped for adhesion w the epoxy paste

The tops of the bulkheads prepped for adhesion w the epoxy paste

The grid and main bulkhead together and to the hull

The grid and main bulkhead together and to the hull

The main bulkhead lamination under the starboard forward settee

The main bulkhead lamination under the starboard forward settee

A reinforcing stringer behind the starboard settee

A reinforcing stringer behind the starboard settee

Electrical system behind the port settee

Electrical system behind the port settee

Looking forward from electrical gear. Note the stringer.

Looking forward from electrical gear. Note the stringer.

Deck being lowered onto the hull.

Deck being lowered onto the hull.