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If you have ever harboured a desire to own a truly sexy wooden yacht, then prepare to be seduced by the designs emerging from the shipyards of Art of Kinetik.


Art of Kinetik, based in Belgrade, Serbia, was founded in 2007 with the intention of creating high-spec bespoke wooden yachts between 10 metres and 30 metres.  The Belgrade shipyard shares a location with the Company’s research and development team including design, naval architecture, engineering, hull production and system installation.  Its four primary workshops are dedicated to the manufacture of carpentry, metalwork, composites and upholstery whilst design and production of accessories and interiors is undertaken in Bavaria.

The 19 metre Hedonist Hard Top has a veritable suite of state-of-the-art communications including an advanced navigation and guidance system which comprises four cameras (one of which has night vision), weather stations, radar and a satellite compass.  Meanwhile the striking interior, designed by Alv Kintscher, makes use of some unusual materials including slate and American walnut and also features a throne-like pilot’s chair that will appeal to the most shameless egotist.

Available in a two- and three-cabin configuration, the Hedonist Hard Top cuts through the water with the help of two Rolls Royce (of course) waterjets that deliver maximum performance with minimal noise.

Sister yacht, the Hedonist Open, is also available in a two- or three-cabin configuration.  Her sleek profile is an Art of Kinetik signature characteristic and the mono-frame stainless steel windshield adds another touch of sophisticated sportiness to this gorgeous convertible.

The interestingly named, 9.75 metre Mazokist was clearly designed with ergonomics in mind and consequently the cockpit includes not only a fabulous pilot area, but also plenty of seating, a multifunctional table and removable sunshade.  The stern sunbed area keeps sun worshippers happy while the swim platform has ladders for easy access to the water.  The Mazokist is also available in a two- or three-cabin configuration and is heavily influenced by the gentlemen’s craft of the 1920s – an era when style was perhaps a little more usual than it is today.

At 11.40 metres, the Antagonist might be smaller than the Hedonists, but what it lacks in size it more than compensates for in niftiness, with a top speed of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 33 knots.  The Antagonist’s cockpit has seating for eight around a multifunctional table and, like the Mazokist, a sunbathing area in the stern, which is framed by teak walkways leading to the swimming platform.  The surprisingly spacious and air-conditioned interior has deliberately been created to seem like a plush home-from-home, complete with designer fabrics and mood lighting.

No company can give itself such an evocative name without having seriously thought about its philosophy and Art of Kinetik does not disappoint:  “The Art of Kinetik is a quest to realise an ideal, to craft a vision, to create the ultimate balance between Art and Performance.  Our awe-inspiring yachts are that quest in action.  Each vessel stretches the horizons of beauty and engineering.  Every detail exudes our philosophy: art without compromise; peerless performance.”

That may sound ambitious, but these supremely stylish wooden yachts really seem to be in a league of their own.

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