LONDON – The Zeelander Z44 beat 5 rivals from the US and Europe and was named Superboat of the Year in the 2019 awards contest of Britain’s MotorBoat & Yachting magazine. “There is simply nothing like the Zeelander Z44,” reports Europe’s older motorboating magazine.
It lauded the high-end Z44’s sleek design, adding the yacht was “crafted with the care and attention to detail of a multi-million-pound superyacht. The closer you look, the more enraptured you become by its quality, craftsmanship and unwavering commitment to beauty, no matter the cost.”
The 13.5m Z44 comes with a Volvo Penta IPS 500 or 600. The Dutch yard says it “deliberately chose to give the Z44 a slightly lower top speed than some of its competitors – 35 knots instead of 40 – to ensure maximum comfort. The performance on open seas is significant and the smart design prevents slamming in waves.”
The Z44 beat these rivals to win the Superboat award: the Brabus Shadow 800, the Cockwells Titian Tender, the Levi 8.5,the SACS Strider 10 and the Sealegs 9.0 Hydrasol.
Zeelander yachts are inspired by the New York commuter yachts of the early 1900s that ferried tycoons from their tony estates to their Manhattan offices and back.
Founded in 2002, Zeelander just unveiled a 72ft (22m) flagship that has a starting price of €3.3 million (+ VAT). It launched its inaugural Z44 at the 2008 Monaco Yacht Show and has sold more than 30 in Europe and the US. By 2015, Zeelander sold its first Z55.