WASPIK – Van den Hoven Yachts, responding to client demands for faster yachts to go further, will launch in the spring its first 18m Voyager 61.

The yard, which long specialized in custom-built steel yachts of 15 to 24 meters (49 to 79ft.), has revamped its marketing. A few years ago, visiting journalists from Italy, Spain and Scandinavia told the yard they liked its yachts, but assured it they wouldn’t sell in their countries.

“They loved the design and the finishing of our boats,” owner Van den Hoven said later. “But they said I’d not be able to sell my yachts in their countries because they are far too slow! The long distances there require a yacht to achieve at least 21 knots.”

Meet the Voyager 61.

The roomy, aluminum flybridge yacht is marketed as a family cruiser with two or three cabins. Its fast-displacement hull twin Volvo Penta D11-725 engines guarantee a top speed of 21.5 knots to cover long distances faster.

The Voyager 61, says Van den Hoven, has “a hull that synthesizes comfort, speed and low fuel consumption. This we achieved by teaming up with award-winning Dutch naval architect Fred Dorresteijn. The hull has the smallest possible stern surface thanks to an ascending keel line from forward to aft, minimizing resistance and swell when going slower than hull speed.”

As the yacht is built in aluminum, buyers have much flexibility in choosing an interior layout. “The options are many and all yours on a yacht that is ideal for longer stays onboard as you use the speed to range further afield,” says Van den Hoven.

The design of the Voyager 61 is by Rene van der Velden. The standard top speed is 21.5 knots, but higher speeds are possible with different engine configurations. The craft boasts a large flybridge that accommodates eight people, an outside galley and sun loungers.