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Old 11-20-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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Everything you need in 29 feet ! (Dutch Steel)

At the Amsterdam Boatshow "Hiswa" Vri-Jon Yachts is nominated with their first steel pocket cruiser 29 OK.

Amazing what they realized on 29 foot:

Separate shower & toilet
A France Bed in the bow
Bow-thruster
Victron Charger/Inverter
Dieselheater, Waterheater
Depthgauge
55 hp Volvo Penta 4 cylinder engine

Link: Vri-Jon Yachts presents the new 29 OK!

let the pics speak...














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Old 11-21-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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That island berth in a 29'er speaks to me
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:10 AM   #3
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Die for that wiring system!! On the other hand, I to have a similar lay out in our 27 Marben. It is a wonder what elongated photographs depict. sort of like funny mirrors in the circus.


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Looked good till the Green engine was noticed.
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Looked good till the Green engine was noticed.
Now, now... some of us love our Volvo diesels!

This is a sharp looking trawler! I visited their site and was also impressed with the Vri-Jon Classic 44.
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Looked good till the Green engine was noticed.
Which was designed by Perkins (owned by Caterpillar), built by IHI Shibaura in Matsumoto, Japan and painted various colors by Caterpillar, Case New Holland, Manitou, and Northern Lights for various compact industrial equipment. Oh, yeah, and Volvo Penta.
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Which was designed by Perkins (owned by Caterpillar), built by IHI Shibaura in Matsumoto, Japan and painted various colors by Caterpillar, Case New Holland, Manitou, and Northern Lights for various compact industrial equipment. Oh, yeah, and Volvo Penta.
Not to turn this into a Volvos are great thread, but mine has been super reliable, very easy to work on, and rock solid. Yes, parts are expensive but there are no complaints on my end. I'd definitely repower with a Volvo in the future.

I had a Sea Tow captain stop by my boat to look at it and he had many compliments; but when I mentioned the Volvo he jokingly said "all was great until you mentioned Volvo". Maybe I got lucky... (knock on wood and stroke my rabbits foot several times)
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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I checked out their site, hoping to find a photo of the separate shower/head, but nothing yet. Very nice boat, nice ideas, built-in swim platform done very nicely. Three wipers, decent cockpit. Walkways must be foot width only. Wish my engine room looked that clean and unobstructed. Thanks for not making it a fly-bridge.
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Fantastic fitout for a boat of that size, I like it! but wondered about the shower/head as well.
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I like it. A great canal cruiser.
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I checked out their site, hoping to find a photo of the separate shower/head, but nothing yet. Very nice boat, nice ideas, built-in swim platform done very nicely. Three wipers, decent cockpit. Walkways must be foot width only. Wish my engine room looked that clean and unobstructed. Thanks for not making it a fly-bridge.
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and she has a "Walk-Trough" transome..

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Old 11-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #13
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Don,
CANAL CRUISER!
Why a canal cruiser?
I hope you're not implying one needs a 40' boat to venture out of rivers.

Love your post again Spy. Green .... pick your color?

The boat looks WONDERFUL except for the fwd visibility.
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I like it. A great canal cruiser.
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Ditto on the "greenies." I have two and would never by another boat with Volvos due to Volvo's failure to support engines that are no longer in production, not to mention that their parts cost triple those of CAT or Cummins. The boat itself is quite impressive considering it's size.
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Ditto on the "greenies." I have two and would never by another boat with Volvos due to Volvo's failure to support engines that are no longer in production, not to mention that their parts cost triple those of CAT or Cummins. The boat itself is quite impressive considering it's size.
I really don't understand the discussion about the engine???? I am sure if you want to buy one with an E-Motor they put an E-Motor there, if you want a Ford Lehman they most probably ask you; where the hack we buy one for you, but we do.

My post was not about engines but about the change in design ideas, smaller - more creative with limited space, this all pushed by the world wide economic situation.

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Quote: My post was not about engines but about the change in design ideas, smaller - more creative with limited space, this all pushed by the world wide economic situation.

Reiziger, I agree, too often the thread wanders afield, even when the wandering is interesting. Engines are a subject of unlimited debate. Your intent is to raise interest in what manufactures are doing to accommodate the most in the smallest package. Below is a site depicting our boat which I mention as the accomadations are very similar and brings forth many completmentry comments on how a small trawler has all of these spacious concepts in such a small package. The boat in the advertisement is not ours, one we were considering, but is very close in discription. The fact that a 1978 model has the same theams and interior layout including the engine.
The improvement in wiring system is outstanding. To, I am going to jump on the shower pole system. I can use that over the hanging wand currently in use.
Enjoy the thread, thanks for sharing.
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CANAL CRUISER!
Why a canal cruiser?
I hope you're not implying one needs a 40' boat to venture out of rivers.

Love your post again Spy. Green .... pick your color?

The boat looks WONDERFUL except for the fwd visibility.
It is a great boat, Eric. I said a great canal cruiser because its heavy construction, and low profile fits the requirements for cruising the many Dutch. Belgian, and French canals. No doubt many will be used for that. It was not to infer that it would not be fit for other types of cruising. It could very well.
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It is a great boat, Eric. I said a great canal cruiser because its heavy construction, and low profile fits the requirements for cruising the many Dutch. Belgian, and French canals. No doubt many will be used for that. It was not to infer that it would not be fit for other types of cruising. It could very well.
and NO Fly-Bridge, must give this little ship an extreme low CG (read seaworthiness)
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OK Good Don and I really love the low profile. Everybody knows what I think of FBs. But if I had good one on a great boat I probably would'nt take it off. A FB like an Eagle 32. But my Willard 30 FB would definitely go. Fortunately a PO took it off.

The Vri-jon may not be heavy construction Don but one would assume a steel boat would be. There was a quite popular 26' steel cruiser in the early 50s called a (are ya ready?) Steelcraft. Haven't seen even a rusty one for a long time.

Re the low profile of the Vri-jon. I think it would fit in here on the Pacific West Coast w a swoopier sheer and less freeboard. Then it would seem even lower yet. May not be a good idea to cut-r-down though because valuable space within may go w the chop job. But the sheer line needs something. Those that buy or build tall boats just can't afford long and lean.
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