Van der Valk Project Meteor
Van der Valk Project Meteor

WAALWIJK – Vripack Design has revealed the first outlines of Project Meteor that Van der Valk Shipyard would build. The term ‘motor yacht’ doesn’t quite describe it.

Yoeri Bijker, head of sales and marketing at Van der Valk, thinks ‘speed yacht’ or ‘performance yacht’ is more appropriate. The 25m (82ft) vessel can reach a top speed of 41 knots from three MTU 12V2000M96L engines connected to water jets.

It remains a concept, but several parties are already talking about construction, the yard says. Given the exceptional design, it will take longer to build the yacht than an average Van der Valk yacht: about 24 months from keel-laying to delivery, including six weeks of sea trials and commissioning.

Project Meteor began as a one-off, but there’s talk of it becoming an exceptional series. Van der Valk would build the entire yacht in-house, from hull construction to interior paneling and painting. The ship can be built to a length of 40m (131ft.), according to Bijker.

“The conceptual design defies convention and sets a new benchmark in the fast weekender market,” he says. Van der Valk has significant experience with aluminum yachts in the 20 to 35m (80-115ft.) range. With Project Meteor, the yard says it wants to share that experience with a broader audience.

The yacht’s champagne-tinted color has been specially developed by Alexseal, a paint maker Van der Valk has been working with for years.

The design provides significant interior volume. The salon has a dining area with a table and bar. Below are two double guest cabins, and there is space for two bathrooms and suites. The design also provides walkable gangways, a large forward lounge deck and an aft swimming platform. The wheelhouse has two sliding roofs.