Superyacht of the week: The Next Episode

Launched by the Dutch shipyard Wim Van der Valk in 2014, the 26 metre superyacht The Next Episode made her debut at the last Cannes Yachting Festival. Part of the shipyards Continental III series, she features naval architecture done in house, whilst the renowned Guido de Groot Design is responsible for her exterior design. She has a semi-displacement aluminium hull as well as an aluminium superstructure and a beam of 6.2 metres.

On board, her interior design is stylish and sophisticated with notable northern European influences. Fine fabrics, leathers and woods have been utilised throughout to create a welcoming but luxurious ambiance, and pieces of bright, contemporary art are present in several areas, giving her a unique dash of colour.

She accommodates up to ten guests in total over a five stateroom layout, consisting of two large double cabins, two twin cabins with ensuite facilities, and a commodious full beam ownerโ€™s suite located on the main deck which includes an ample office area. A crew of four is also accommodated for on board.

Her main saloon is cosy and welcoming, with large windows surrounding the area and inundating the space with natural light. A comfortable corner sofa and large table dominates the space. The table includes casual seating for eight guests, and can be easily transformed into a sophisticated formal dining area. The galley is also present in this area, and can be closed off to maximise privacy.

The Next Episode recently underwent an interior upgrade by Guido de Groot, and she now boasts a Fohhn sound system as a well as a spacious movie theatre to ensure every entertainment requirement of her guests is successfully fulfilled. The impressive sound system is, surprisingly, one of her most significant features, and is seamlessly integrated into the design. The main salon is equipped with six surround speakers and two subwoofers, whilst the exterior spaces house an additional 4100 watts of nominal speaker capacity with an electronically controlled 21โ€ sub-woofer which is concealed in the fly-bridge.

Outside, she features teak decking and ample space for guests to enjoy the very best of life on board. The main salon opens onto the cockpit in which a shaded area with comfortable seating and a wooden table is found, an ideal environment for relaxing with drinks or a casual dining experience. Upstairs, the flybridge provides more shaded seating areas with uninterrupted views to enjoy, whilst aft, three jet skis are stored.

In regards to her performance capabilities, she is powered by 3 Volvo Penta (IPS-1200) 900hp diesel engines, providing her with a maximum speed of 25 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. She is an ideal vessel for long range cruising and is extremely maneuverable.

A relatively brand new yacht, The Next Episode has only had one owner to date, and is currently listed for sale with Camper and Nicholsons at an asking price of โ‚ฌ6,700,000.

By Gemma Fottles

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