Special Report: Performance Classic Yachts

The following is the first of a three part series on Performance Classic Yachts–one of the most innovative and elegant modern yacht companies I’ve seen.

 I’ve always loved yachts designed by Hoek Designs. This is partly because the Dutch naval architecture firm almost invented the genre of sailing yachts that combine sexy and soulful lines of classic yachts above the waterline with the performance and manoeuvrability benefits that come from modern design, construction and materials below.

And as a long time boat tester, I have special respect for any design firm that can create innovative, category defining yachts—from the 37-foot-long Wallynano  to the 203-foot long Athos.

So, when I heard that Performance Classic Yachts was offering a range of Hoek designs from 47-83 foot range, I had to find out more. And when I saw the images of the PC 66 featured here, it was love at first sight. They all feature low-slung hulls with plumb bows, powerful bowsprits and elegant overhanging sterns that combine modern and classic aesthetics like no other yachts.


I wish I could take credit for the “Grace with Space” tagline but full disclosure, those are the exact words the folks at Performance Classic Yachts use to describe their special approach to combining style and function. And since most of the best moments on an any yacht are spent in and around the cockpit area, they’ve designed the PC 66 to have grace AND space in three distinct areas:

The spacious cockpit features a large table accommodates dining for eight. And since all sail controls lead back to the helm area none of your guests will be disturbed in the cockpit when you’re underway. The full bimini provides cooling shade while underway too.

The helm area makes single handed sail controls a snap since main and genoa can be trimmed without leaving the helm.

The large aft deck is perfect for sunbathing and has substantial storage underneath accessible via large hatches.

The PC 66 Sultana featured here is a full carbon boat with a cored interior to save weight. The interior features what the company calls  “New England beach house style”, to make the boat light and airy while retaining a classic theme.

Sultana was built for a highly experienced American owner who was highly involved during the boat building process, and has been enjoying the boat since he took delivery (in Bodrum, Turkey) in June 2018.

Sultana was delivered in Bodrum because all PC Yachts are built by Metur Yacht in Bodrum. Metur has a proven history of building Hoek designed yachts. Stay tuned for much more info on how Performance Classic Yachts are built in Part 2 of this series.

In fact, Sultana’s American owner was so captivated by the Eastern Med, (both in Turkey and the Greek Islands) after taking delivery postponed bringing the boat back to the States as he originally intended. He also raced in Voile de St Tropez last September (taking a 2nd place in the Spirit of Tradition) category before he returned to the Eastern Med to cruise in Greece.

So be sure to stay tuned for part three of this series that covers an innovative program PC Yachts offers to owners who take delivery in Turkey. Because once you’ve had a taste of cruising around Turkey, you might not want to bring your new PC Yacht back from the eastern Med eitherI

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