CANNES _ The Vripack-designed 14.6m Waterdream California-52 may have been a casualty of the cancellation of the 2020 ’ Cannes Yachting Festival, the daycruiser nevertheless snagged a prize at the World Yacht Trophies event in the French riviera resort.
Prince Bernhard of Orange Jr., a nephew of King William-Alexander, introduced his aluminum California-52 in August. COVID-19 denied it a spotlight at the Cannes boat show. Yet it won the ‘most innovative boat of 2020’ prize and was shown at Cannes’ Carlton hotel.
The full aluminum hull and superstructure are made of 100% green recycled aluminum. This means that over 80% of the boat is recyclable
Waterdream is not a traditional Dutch builder, but a company that judiciously exploits the Dutch sector’s strengths.
The California-52 boat was built by Van der Valk Shipyard, a company with much experience in aluminum building, especially tenders, and one that works to a high quality standard. Two years ago, Waterdream introduced a 65ft (20m.) California at Cannes, that was designed by Mulder Design, built at Bloemsma Shipyard and finished by Gebroeders van Enkhuizen.
For the California-52, Waterdream relied on Vripack Naval Architects which drew a lightweight, fuel-efficient boat with the lowest fuel consumption/speed ratio in its class.
It has a garage for a tender or jet ski and accommodations for 5. The cabin has a sitting area, kitchen, shower and toilet and Clion-Marine air conditioning. The boat has a carbon steering console and a Rockford Fosgate sound system. The twin Volvo Penta IPS800 or IPS1200 engines achieve a top speed of 42 and 50 knots, respectively.
“In every boat,” says Bernard of Orange, “we unite extremes, but without compromise. You can cruise the canals with 20 guests, but you can also go water skiing behind the boat.”