DUESSELDORF _ Van der Valk Shipyard turned the 50th Boot Duesseldorf into a milestone of its own. At the world’s biggest boat bonanza, it announced 4 launches in 2019. “Van der Valk is very much on a roll right now,” says Marketing Manager Yoeri Bijker. Indeed.
His yard will launch the first 2 aluminum-hulled 19m BeachClub motor yachts: a BeachClub 600 in the Spring and a BeachClub 660 Flybridge in July. The BeachClub series is a significant departure for Van der Valk.
Bijker says it provides an “unrivalled amount of exterior and interior space by locating the engine room in the same area as the swimming platform.” He adds this ends the enduring competition between indoor and outdoor spaces that have long frustrated designers of similarly-sized boats.
The BeachClub concept features 3 outdoor zones: a 25 m² foredeck, a 17 m² cockpit deck that features an outside steering position and a 14 m² beach club aft with a swimming platform and sun lounge area.
In May, Van der Valk Bijker will deliver the 32m Raised Pilothouse yacht Jangada 2, the 5th _ and largest _ superyacht in Van der Valk’s custom series. The yacht has a spacious galley, a multiuse bathroom and a minimalistic interior of whitewashed European oak.
Van der Valk’s 4th launch, in late 2019, will be the yard’s 3rd Explorer yacht, a 28m boat with angular lines and an elegant raised pilothouse.
It is a look that is popular for yachts between 20 and 37m, says Bijker. A raised pilothouse may reduce main deck guest space, it creates panoramic wheelhouse views and a wealth of outdoor living spaces. And, crucially, adds Bijker, the explorer yacht’s “sturdy lines, spacious volumes and enticing main deck owner’s cabin is a type of trawler yacht that will appeal to both the American and European markets.”
Van der Valk marked its 50th anniversary in 2017. It looks back on a heritage in steel and boat building. In its early years it was very successful in building cabin and aft-cabin cruisers of 7 to 10m long.