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Livingstone 24: The 1930s-Style Gentleman’s Yacht Full of Modern Technology

The Netherlands boasts a long history of shipbuilding and exploration. The country’s tiny island of Urk, in particular, is home to some of its proudest fishermen whose rich, centuries-long connection to the sea continues to this day. So, it’s no surprise that one of the island’s most notable shipbuilders has just launched a thoroughly beautiful line of yachts that blends 21st-century innovation with classic Dutch minimalist design to create the perfect gentleman’s yacht, the Livingstone 24.

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Shipmaker Hartman Yachts dates back to 1775 and is known among European sailors for their custom builds and ultra-modern Amundsen Series of expedition yachts. But the newly debuted Livingstone Series harks back to their roots, to the shipbuilding days of yore. The line features a clean, classic steel-and-aluminum exterior that recalls the luxurious, old-school ocean liners of the 1930s. The smallest of which, the Livingstone 24, is powered by a single 345-hp MAN diesel engine with a solid 3,000-nautical-mile range and a cruising speed of 11 knots. The 24’s bigger brothers, Livingstone 34 and Livingstone 42, offer substantially more room to roam and twin 345-hp engines. All are designed with high-tech Naiad stabilizers for ultimate comfort on the open ocean.

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The vintage exterior belies a wealth of state-of-the-art gadgetry and modern amenities inside. The nearly 80-foot vessel sleeps nine passengers in four staterooms, including a master suite with a king-sized bed, en suite bath, and a large closet. Ample leisure space includes a dedicated bar, a kitchen, and dining and living areas. The interior features a pitch-perfect blend of vintage and modern decorative touches. Beautiful hand-carved wooden tables, leather-wrapped door handles, and glistening chrome fittings share space with all-glass shower stalls, luxurious cloth-wrapped headboards, and bold pops of purple and cobalt in the dining room.

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The line’s namesake, Scottish missionary David Livingstone, was a tireless explorer in his day. His famous, 19th-century expedition down Africa’s Zambezi River relied on the first all-steel boats ever built. He once remarked:

“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

His fierce determination and pioneer spirit are fitting inspiration for the Livingstone Series.

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