The latest sailing yacht to reach the IY&A Awards shortlist combines the naval architecture and styling of Hoek Design with the construction capabilities of Proteksan Turquoise. Simba, the 108ft sloop, will compete for the Sailing Yacht 25-40 metres Award.
The classic sheer, bow and stern overhang are proportionate to her size. A moderate freeboard, classically styled deckhouses, cockpit and skylights together create a timeless atmosphere both outside and inside. The yacht is designed with a high righting moment as a performance oriented sloop and will participate in Spirit of Tradition Races. Therefore, her performance was extensively optimized using performance design tools.

The interior layout shows a full beam aft owners cabin, three guest cabins, a lower saloon, social main deckhouse as well as an aft deckhouse which is the primary navigation station. The crew accommodation is completely separated with double crew cabins, crew mess, galley and a separate crew deck exit. The interior styling was also completed by Hoek Design and showcases raised and fielded paneling combined with leather paneling above the wainscot level.


Simba is designed with privacy in mind so guests and crew are separated where needed and necessary. The aft cockpit is the sailing center of the yacht where all winches, navigation and helm station are located. The center cockpit is the social hub of the yacht and incorporates a large outside dining table sheltered by a fixed bimini. There is ample storage on deck for tenders and other equipment.

Simba can carry full main and Genoa up to 17-18 knots of True wind. The light air performance is also good due to low wetted surface area. With her poured lead keel, spade rudder, high aspect ratio sail plan and large sail area to displacement ratio she will be a promising yacht on the race course.

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