A fast Steeler yacht, tough as Charles Bronson

STEENWIJK – Charles Bronson (1923-2003) had a can-do face that was put to good use in movies about cowboys and Indians, prison breaks and wars and big-hearted cops. His chiseled features and can-do approach on the silver screen so inspired Steeler Yachts, it named its latest 15m (50ft) tender-cruiser after the American actor.

Charles Bronson

The Dutch builder’s aluminum Bronson-50 has an open connection between two living areas, with a glass ceiling. It boasts a tilting bimini that provides shade and shelter from the wind. Right, just like Bronson adjusting the brim of his cowboy hat.

The plan was to show the Bronson-50 at the 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival, but COVID-19 spoiled that party. Instead, private viewings were staged out of St. Tropez. Steeler found a spot at Genua’s 2020 Salone Nautico that generated ample coverage in European yachting media.

René van de Berg waxes lyrical about his new Bronson-50.

“My first experience exceed expectations,” he tells this newsletter. “The interior living space is exceptionally large and that glass sliding roof is wonderful. And the boat’s sailing characteristics are special. Cruising at 30-35 knots is a feast!”

Naval architect Menno van Dijk of Studio Delta says he always pays much attention to a boat’s sailing behavior at sea. “With the Steeler Yachts’ Bronson-50 we could go completely wild. It’s a perfect example of our vision: a fast-sailing boat must have good sailing qualities,” he adds

At the helm station, there are seats for the captain and three others. All have a good view of the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit with its Garmin wide-screen displays. From the galley, accessible via a stainless steel staircase, contact with those outside remains possible. The interior comes standard with twin double cabins, two toilets and a shower stall.

Three Bronson-50s were sold recently (in St. Tropez, Ibiza and Mexico). Hulls four and five are under construction. Next up at Steeler Yachts:  an even tougher Bronson, stretching to 21 meter (69ft).