WAALWIJK – Van der Valk Shipyard is having a banner year, turning out ‘threshold yachts’ — boats that don’t qualify as superyachts as they are under 30m (98.5ft.) long. Yet they take no back seat to superyachts in terms of design, finish and innovation. Take Van der Valk shipyard’s latest.
A 24m (88ft.) modern flybridge design by Cor D. Rover, Van der Valk will soon build one in aluminum with triple Volvo Penta IPS1050 engines. The yard says it “will set new standards in terms of ease of operation and even single-handed cruising.”
The design shows large floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious interior with 4 double cabins, 4 bathrooms and crew quarters, if required.
In August Van der Valk launched 32m (105ft.) Jangada 2, a raised pilothouse yacht for a repeat client. It was the 5th and largest raised pilothouse custom series to date. The other 4 fell into the 25-27m (82-87ft.) length bracket. Van der Valk says it can build a raised pilothouse up to 40m long. It showed off the highly customized Jangada 2 at the Cannes boat show in September.
Perhaps the biggest Van der Valk surprise was the delivery of its first 19m BeachClub motor yacht. It won the Best Innovative Yacht Design award at the 2019n Cannes Yachting Festival. It features a radical design with the engine placed under the swimming platform.
That design, again by Cor D. Rover and Ginton Naval Architects, makes room for oodles of space in the heart of the yacht where the engine room usually sits. In its stead is a long, stem-to-stern corridor with access to the cabins.
Making this radical layout possible is the use of twin Volvo Penta IPS-950 engines that render a top speed of 25 knots.
The Van der Valk BeachClub is available from 62 to 120ft (19 to 34m) with 10ft (3m) increments in-between. The yacht has 3 outdoor zones: the 14 m² (151 sq. ft.) beach deck with sun lounge, a 17 m² (183 sq.ft.) cockpit deck with outside steering and a 25 m² (269 sq.ft.) foredeck.
Van der Valk has been building yachts in steel and aluminum since 1967. Underscoring its ambitions was its annual ‘Van der Valk Experience Event’ in April where the company had no fewer than 7 boats on display. Also on hand: Dutch designers Guido de Groot, Cor de Rover, Diana Yacht Design and Vripack and Dutch naval architect Jaron Ginton.