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Korvet 14 CLR Willem Nieland


Willem Nieland Design – the multiple nominee and three time winner of the Boat of the Year Award - has come up with a new concept in blue water motor boating. Nieland combined his distinct style and innovative ideas to create a 46 foot twin engine round bilge yacht capable of long range cruising under almost all conditions. His aim was to achieve a longer range at a higher speed than the traditional trawler and cutter designs were capable of. He took his inspiration for the sleek and fuel efficient hull from the many sailing boat designs he had worked on, giving the round bilged Korvet a comfortable and easy ride in choppy seas.

This latest design had to be rugged, seaworthy and self supporting to brace the harsh northern European conditions during all seasons, while at the same time provide the shallow draught needed for exploring inland waterways, tidal inlets or even dry out on a remote mudflat. Built in Selium aluminum or grade A marine steel, this Dutch design yacht has all the qualities of a pocket sized exploration vessel.

The generous engine room harbors two low rev and low emission diesel engines that give the Korvet superior maneuverability, speed and endurance at reduced noise levels. The technical equipment and systems meet the highest standards as only the best materials have been selected. Backup systems ensure problem free cruising and enhance safety at sea, like the double filters for both water intake and fuel.

The deck lay-out provides shelter under wet conditions and spacious room to laze around on sunny days. Marinedeck® 2000 cork helps insulate against both heat and cold while providing an environmentally sound natural deck surface. The small fly bridge keeps the air draught sufficiently low to traverse the Canal du Midi but has all the gear needed for navigating from on top.

The main radar mast can be extended with a small rig to minimize rolling at sea and add power under sail. It also doubles as a crane for hoisting the dinghy, motorbikes and even persons unfortunate enough to have fallen overboard.

Once inside, the interior is all about space, light, panorama view and privacy. A full beam owners cabin with en suite bathroom in the bow is generously laid out. Under the aft deck a second cabin with a small bathroom annex day toilet is situated. The wheelhouse - as the daytime observation post - features a professional navigation bridge and “big boat” joystick steering. Under decks, the main salon breaths the comfort of an onshore lounge with panorama windows, a desk area and a big screen entertainment center. For long trips the galley offers lots of storage and workspace. She is placed low in the middle of the vessel and therefore is less affected by motion to ensure safe food preparation underway. The finishes on the inside are limited only by the imagination and are based on non tropical hardwoods with natural fabrics, stainless steel and leather.  

Built for strength, performance and distance under varying conditions, the Korvet 14 CLR opens a new range of cruising possibilities that until now could only be achieved by vessels of a much bigger size. The efficient hull with its ice and wave piercer in combination with two hi-tech engines makes for safe, affordable and comfortable long range cruising, even under harsh wintery conditions.

In short, Nieland’s new Korvet 14 CLR is a lean and mean machine designed for no-nonsense offshore cruising all year round. Her narrow but long waterline, steep bow and wave piercer give her the sweet lines of an early 20th century gentlemen’s yacht combined with the purposeful looks of a small naval vessel, the Corvette. This new Compact Long Range (CLR) design has no equals or lookalikes; the timeless future resistant lines of Nieland’s latest creation - crafted by renown Dutch shipbuilders - make for a novel standard in yacht design and blue water cruising.

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