There are occasions when a truly remarkable listing hits the market – combining a sensational original build, careful ownership, and true usability as a sea-going performer, and Linssen Grand Sturdy 470 AC MK.II Twin “OTTERS WAY OF BEAULIEU” answers all these requirements – and then brings a whole deal more to the table.
Linssen Yachts started their repair and refit business in Maasbracht, in the South-Eastern corner of the Netherlands, making good damaged commercial craft and fabricating superstructures after the ravages of the war years. From 1949 onward, this expertise matured and evolved into the design and construction of steel craft for the leisure market, resulting in a world-renowned position as one of the great Dutch steel yacht-builders, supplying both domestically and internationally. The Grand Sturdy range synergized traditional lines, high quality construction of both interiors and exteriors, and the 470 sits at the pinnacle of this range of longer-range cruisers, with excellent inland and offshore abilities.
The exterior features bottom plating of 6mm steel, a hull of 5mm, decks of 4/5mm and superstructure in 4mm steel (with stainless steel inserts as required), coated in a tough epoxy-primer and surface paint system. She is no lightweight flyer: with a relaxed cruise of around 7 knots, she is stabilized by Naiad fins, with a really smart MultiSea control unit, so she is solid through broken water, and her 24 tons of fair, round-bilged hull form and those raised bows are purposeful in a seaway. In marina, she has powerful hydraulic thrusters fore and aft, with smooth able-engaged gears for positive helm feel. For those venturing into shoal-draft water or inland, skegs forward of her propellers (with grounding bars beneath each screw) shield her stern-gear, giving these true go-anywhere vessels high levels of protection, and thus capability. Her uncomplicated, robust steering gear and full-length central keel keep her tracking whilst under way, and both helms are equipped with autopilot and full navigational kit, so she is a relaxed boat to drive.
On deck, she has wide, safe decks and solid railings, and the raised aft cockpit (which can be completely enclosed) has comfortable seating for guests, and a brace of Magnus “S” helm seats for crew. All screens and the radar mast fold to give best bridge clearance ability, with easy access for coming alongside from with deck, and beefy mooring hardware. The foredeck hatch conceals a capacious bow locker, and the aft deck seating provides useful extra volume for kit.
Below decks, her teak interior is quite superb – and near indistinguishable in appearance from a new build yacht (seat cushions have been kept covered where possible, and the general condition is stunning). Being the flagship Mark II, the joinery and fit-out are executed to the highest standards using the best materials available to her builder, and her cabins are cosy, without ever feeling cramped. The matched cherrywood cabinetry is beautifully finished with wenge frames inset into the door panels. The berths are generous, deckheads are high – giving great headroom throughout and there is plenty of locker space available. The lower-level dinette and galley layout works superbly, with masses of clever storage, pristine worktops and a range of appliances. If you lift the floors anywhere in this yacht, you find a clean, dry bilge with the internal paint system appearing exactly as when it left the Linssen yard. Moving aft and up a level, the higher saloon affords great views from that comfortable sofa, and a commanding view forward over the bows should you wish to take her from the inner helm position. Inside the sideboard to port is a full set of bound files with each and every OEM manual, Raymarine guides, circuit diagrams, and a very well-written main ships manual from Linssen Yachts – making working on pumps, water, fuel, lighting and other systems, very simple. This is a very practical yacht, with engineering access being as good as you could hope for. Eberspacher’s excellent thermostatic radiators are located throughout her accommodation, pumping out heat from her recently-serviced diesel heater, so you can keep warm on longer cruises, and a plethora of opening and sliding windows and hatches keep her fresh and well-ventilated in warmer months. She is in every way a true yachtsman’s motor-yacht.
Walk down the aft companionway into the private aft suite and you feel why the 470 and her crew travel so well – this is on a level with a smart boutique hotel. “Otters Way” has the optional separate shower room to the port side, laundry and washer-dryer in the central forward locker, and ensuite wc to starboard. Lift the gas-strut assisted berth and you discover a vast storage locker, with two removable stools to go around the saloon table. Sideboards and lockers wrap round the cabin, with a large central aft hatch set into the transom, and hull ports lighting the interior. This is a very calming space to spend time on board – it is traditional, yet modern, open yet inviting – a trump card in this boat’s pack.
So to summarize, these Linssen Yachts are quite simply magic – and you will not find a better equipped, maintained and presented vessel in her class today. Please do have a look for yourself, and we would also be delighted to arrange a personal video tour to suit your own timetable!
“We bought Otters Way in 2007, virtually unused, and that same year she was on display at the Southampton International Boat Show and we were very proud owners!
She is a wonderful boat and as ex sailors we found a steady 8 knot cruising (always in the right direction) perfect. With a Linssen yes, you go slow, but with a confidence that there is little noise, and in almost all weathers she is comfortable; particularly with the stabilisers running.
We have been to the Channel Islands the West Country, with extensive explorations of the Solent.
Berthon have looked after the boat for us; and engines, generator and hydraulics have been serviced annually. The last time was Spring 2019.
We love this boat and have taken great care to make sure she looks well. Unfortunately work has got in the way of cruising, but we did manage marina weekends as often as possible and she is a perfect boat for extended living and cruising.
Now in retirement we have decided to buy something a little smaller. Looking at the spec and video Berthon produced our reaction was “we had forgotten how beautiful she is”.”
Berthon Yacht Sales
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