WAALWIJK – With the year almost half gone, Van der Valk Shipyard says 2018 looks like a winner already. The yard says construction of 2 of its eye-catching BeachClub yachts “is advancing rapidly.” And it has just reeled in a 3rd order for a 28m raised pilot house yacht (left) from the Dutch builder’s Explorer line.

The latter is for a repeat client who wants to make trans-Atlantic voyages. He’ll be able to dream that dream when Van der Valk delivers it in early 2020.

The main deck features a master suite, an ensuite bathroom and his & her closets. The raised pilothouse has 3 pilot seats. The main saloon will face aft and can be extended to an al fresco dining area with a U-shaped settee. Below are 2 VIP suites, 2 twin cabins and _ aft of the engine room _ a 2-cabin crew area, mess and pantry. There is also a beach platform with shower and sauna and a pantry with minibar.

Van der Valk’s explorer range is the work of designer Guido de Groot. “We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure the best possible sailing and seakeeping qualities for this design,” says Marketing Manager Yoeri Bijker. “Van der Valk Explorers are designed and built to handle the toughest environments. Their extensive fuel capacity will enable you to easily make long ocean passages.”

His yard has high hopes for its recently introduced BeachClub yachts (below), designed by Cor D. Rover. The first 600 and 660 (19.05m. and 20.5m.) models will be delivered next winter.

Van der Valk speaks of “a mini-revolution in motor yachting” that creates an “unrivalled amount of exterior and interior space by locating the engine room in the same area as the swimming platform (and) offering an unprecedented feeling of space.”

The BeachClub series has 3 outdoor areas: a foredeck, a cockpit deck (with an outside steering position) and a beach club with a swimming platform and a sun lounge area. What stands out is a liberal use of glass that render a fresh, open ambiance.