Wajer baby

Dutch builder Wajer Yachts is adding a new 13-metre Wajer 44 model to its range of elegant performance cruisers.

20 April 2023


There’s something a bit special about handmade-in-Holland boats, and the graceful but powerful stable of yachts from Dutch builder Wajer Yachts are a fine example of Northern European fit and finish.

The latest model to join the family – and the DNA is very evident – is the all-new Wajer 44, which has already chalked up considerable sales success.

Sitting between the smallest in the range – the 38 – and the mid-size 55, the 44 boasts the same elegant sheerline and low-profile raked windscreen as her siblings, with enough deck space to please daytripper parties and a usable area below decks that makes her perfect for a couple overnighting.

Wajer describes the 44 – which boasts design by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, naval architecture by Van Ooossanen and engineering by Wajer themselves for a Dutch trinity – as perfectly balanced between sportiness and comfort.

That’s certainly backed up by some of the 44’s key features, which include twin Volvo Penta IPS650s for a top speed of 40 knots and a cruising speed in the mid-20s.


The 44 is handled from an advanced helm that offers three sprung carbon shell seats opposite a digital dash that offers three large multifunctional displays in a two-plus-one configuration.

This hints at a key ethos that has been integrated into the 44 – connectivity. On the one hand, this means a focus on the Smart Boating concept, with the Wajer Owners App allowing the owner to connect to his or her Wajer 44 remotely. This allows for monitoring the anchor position while you’re at lunch ashore, or activating the air-conditioning or hydraulic swim ladder from afar.

The idea of connectivity is also reflected in the deck layout. The exterior lounges from a U-shape which means guests can more easily, and quite literally, connect.

“We are proud to welcome the Wajer 44 into the family – a yacht with ample outdoor space and the possibility for two people to overnight,” says Wajer Managing Director Dries Wajer.

“The Wajer 44 is not only state-of-the-art in terms of design but also in terms of connectivity. As an owner, you can view all data in the Wajer app and operate your boat remotely, no matter where you are.”

Other aspects highlight Wajer Yacht’s attention to detail, honed over three decades since the yard’s founding in 1992. As with all Wajers, the lines have been kept as clean as possible – the swing-over anchor arm fully retracts into the anchor locker and the cleats are seamlessly integrated into the design.

Below, the cabin offers a full double bed that transforms into a lounge for a saloon area with a table. A fully equipped head with shower serves both day and overnight use, and there’s a pantry with refrigerator, sink with hot and cold water, coffee machine and ice-maker.

Spacious lounging areas front and rear on deck will appeal to those who fancy soaking up the rays, but for those seeking shade there’s a redesigned bimini supported on easily removable carbon brackets. The stern offers ample storage for toys such as Seabobs or electric foiler surfboards.

The first Wajer 44 is due to be launched in the (European) summer of 2023, and the initial model will soon be joined by 44S and 44HT models which offer a sporty centre console and a fixed cockpit hardtop option respectively. Wajer reports that more than 20 Wajer 44s have already been pre-ordered.



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