Bestevaer 45 S/Y

45 Foot Aluminum Sailboat

Nominated for the European boat of the year as well as the Hiswa Yacht of the Year, the Bestevaer 45 S/Y is a more than capable aluminum sailboat that can be sailed anywhere short-handed. A pilothouse sailboat designed by Gerard Dykstra and crafted by KM Yachtbuilders without compromise, the Bestevaer 45 can be built with two or three cabin interior and features many of the custom options of her two larger sisters.


Distinguished looks set her apart from the other vessels in this class but it is the functionality of the design that truly makes each Bestevaer 45 special.

The solid rails of the pushpin go forward to the boarding gates and there are multiple handholds going forward. The cockpit is deep, and just a quick step from the protected pilothouse. With sailing controls in easy reach the person at the helm can control all aspects of the 45 with ease.


Bestevaer Design, Quality, & Safety


Bestevaer yachts are designed by one of the world's best design teams and built by one of the world’s very best yards. Dutch builders are known for crafting some of the best boats in the world and when stepping aboard any of these magnificent vessels, quality is evident everywhere.

Exceptional Strength

Building boats with exceptional strength means that each safety measure is enhanced. Watertight bulkheads, integrated chainplates, welded aluminum bollards, integral tanks, and deep cockpits allow owners to sail with the assurance that they will be safe in even the harshest conditions.


Reliability is synonymous with quality and every detail matters in the eyes of the Bestevaer design and build teams, from the construction of the hull to perfectly placed handrails. A quality sailboat built to the highest standards is a safe and reliable boat that provides her owners with comfort at sea.

Exterior Highlights


The pilothouse has excellent visibility and ample space to take a watch to get out of the weather. The feeling of security while in the pilothouse is one of the features that makes every Bestevaer capable of sailing in waters that other vessels avoid.


The cockpit is deep and comfortable, creating a safe and secure space to pilot from. Cockpits on a Bestevaer are protected from wind and seas by the pilothouse and all lines are led to the cockpit so the need for going forward in a sea is greatly mitigated.


Bestevaer sailboats are offered with tiller or wheel steering. The tiller allows for an extra large cockpit while the wheel gives owners a smooth familiar feeling underway. Both are created with excellent sailing in mind.

Excellent Visibility

The visibility from the helm and the 360 degree views from the pilothouse are exceptional and create a design that is very easy to enjoy.

Rig Options

The Bestevaer 45 can be built as a cutter, solent, or left as a sloop. The versatile rig choices are in keeping with KM Yachtbuilders' tradition of creating customizable options on each design.

Fold-Down Swim Platform

Integrated fold-down swim platform, manually operated and accessed from the cockpit. Additional swim ladder for emergency or quick boarding available.

45 S/Y Exterior Photos

Bestevaer Interiors

While the exterior of Bestevaer sailboats are aluminum and purposefully rugged in order to withstand all elements and any sailing conditions, the interiors are beautiful, luxurious, and built for comfort. The interior is also customized for each owner in order to create a yacht that meets your style preferences.

Whether you enjoy the warm feel of a traditional wood finish, or prefer a sleek and modern look, the interior can be outfitted with various materials and finishing options. Certain elements of the interior layout can also be modified, such as the size and placement of the galley. Bestevaer works with owners to create a space that meets their lifestyle and cruising needs.

Interior Highlights

Exceptional Craftsmanship

Every Bestevaer interior is built to the highest standards. From the finest quality carpentry to world renowned metal work, every interior is truly exceptional.


While the standard layouts on every model are designed with distance cruising in mind, customizations are always available. Each owner is asked for input on the final interior design of their vessel, which helps create a vessel built to suit her owner's desires.


Spacious pilothouses are a hallmark of the Bestevaer designs. Made of solid aluminum, the pilothouse is a dry comfortable area to work should the weather turn, or a cool spot to relax on a hot day.

45 S/Y Interior Photos

Bestevaer 45 S/Y Specs


  • LOA: 46 ft 9 in
  • LWL: 41 ft 6 in
  • BEAM: 13 ft 4 in
  • DRAFT MIN: 4 ft 7 in
  • DRAFT MAX: 9 ft 6 in
  • DISPLACEMENT: 26,000 lbs


  • CABINS: 2 or 3
  • BERTHS: 6 or 8
  • HEADS: 1


  • RIG: Sloop (9/10)
  • MAIN SAIL AREA: 183.7 sq ft
  • GENOA SAIL AREA: 131.2 sq ft


  • ENGINE: Yanmar 57 hp
  • FUEL TANKS: 153 gal
  • FRESH WATER TANKS: 121 gal
  • HOLDING TANKS: 16 gal

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