A WARM, WILD WELKOM FOR WAJER

Yachts International - - Making Waves - For more in­for­ma­tion: 954 368 9054, wa­jer­amer­i­cas.com —an­drew Parkin­son

The Wajer 38 Osprey defnitely caught my eye when she sur­faced state­side at the Miami Yacht & Bro­ker­age Show in Fe­bru­ary, but her good looks are only half the story. She’s the BMW 5 Se­ries of yacht tech­nol­ogy, the Porsche of per­for­mance and the Rolls-Royce of qual­ity all rolled into one. While the re­sult is a price tag one might ex­pect from such char­ac­ter­is­tics, it’s what the price brings that is help­ing Wajer fnd its way in the Amer­i­can mar­ket­place.

“Thought we’d take a peek out­side,” said Grant Hen­der­son, U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Wajer & Wajer Yachts, said as we stepped on board. “Could be a sweet ride up to Light­house Point.”

At the time, I had all but rel­e­gated our Wajer 38 sea trial to noth­ing more than a pru­dent wa­ter­way cruise, which was fne by me. I’d seen what “out­side” looked like ear­lier that day. It was no place for a sparkly, 38-foot luxury ten­der. To my sur­prise, our cap­tain, Daniel van der Hi­j­den of Wajer & Wajer—whose pas­sions be­yond boat­ing in­clude For­mula One rac­ing and space travel (go fgure)—agreed with his coun­ter­part. Dios mio. Time to ditch the chardon­nay, I thought.

One can learn a lot about a boat honk­ing along at 35 knots with an ir­ri­ta­ble ocean heav­ing men­ac­ing swells. Then again, one man’s men­ace is an­other man’s mogul feld, and as van der Hi­j­den weaved the Wajer from trough to trough with ease, there was clearly no need to have aban­doned my glass of chardon­nay. “Ease” seems to be the mantra of the 23-year-old Dutch boat­builder, of­fer­ing four mod­els in­clud­ing this fag­ship 38. De­signed in-house and with naval ar­chi­tec­ture by Vri­pack, each yacht is cus­tom­iz­a­ble from color pref­er­ence to lay­out to ameni­ties. Ap­par­ently, the only item not up for de­bate is pre­ci­sion crafts­man­ship.

Check her out at the next boat show. With all that teak and ma­hogany, she’s easy on the eyes, and with the joy­stick IPS, any­one can drive this boat af­ter ba­sic in­struc­tion. The qual­ity is ap­par­ent; the sur­prise, I found, is in the per­for­mance. And there’s some­thing to be said for scream­ing across the wa­ter at up to 45 knots, com­fort­able and dry, even on a lumpy day.

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