The Dutch yard Van der Valk has announced the sale of the third in its line of Explorer motor yachts. This 28-metre raised pilothouse motor yacht is being built for a repeat client of the yard. Photo: Van der Valk This latest vessel follows on from the 25-metre Dutch Falcon and the 37-metre Santa Maria T in Van der Valk's explorer range. These yachts are designed and built to withstand the toughest environments and boast an extensive fuel capacity that enables them to make long ocean passages with ease.
The 28-metre motor yacht features naval architecture from Ginton Naval Architects and Diana Yacht Design, with design and styling by Guido de Groot. In addition, her distinctive round-bilged hull is notable. Photo: Van der Valk
An all-aluminium motor yacht sporting a fast displacement hull, her twin MAN V12 1650 hp engines will give an estimated top speed of 20 knots, with her VEEM VG145 zero-speed gyroscopic stabiliser system and two 32 kW Northern Lights generators ensuring onboard comfort at all times for owners and guests. She will cruise comfortably at approximately 17 knots.
“We were genuinely honoured to receive this new commission order from a client after he has spent just one season enjoying his current Van der Valk,” explained marketing manager Yoeri Bijker. “Around half of all our current orders are being built for repeat clients, showcasing the very high satisfaction rates among owners. The fact that this particular client has now ordered an Explorer was not a great surprise for us as we knew he was planning to embark on some impressive trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific voyages. We now look forward to building him the perfect platform for these adventures.”
On board, the yacht’s flybridge deck will be dedicated entirely to leisure and will not include a helm. The undercover section will comprise a U-shaped seating area around a dining table to port as well as a large wet bar with a compact L-shaped settee.
The open deck aft will be equipped with a hardtop awning to provide additional weather protection and includes a whirlpool tub flanked by integrated sunbeds, under which a jet ski will be stored. Indeed, ample water toy storage will be found throughout the vessel and the tender crane will have a capacity of 800 kg. Photo: Van der Valk Heading inside, the main deck includes a master suite forward with an ensuite bathroom and his & her closets. The area amidships will be occupied by a raised pilothouse with three pilot seats, perfect for guests who want to join the captain as the yacht progresses around the world.
The majority of the yacht’s lower deck will be occupied by the guest accommodations – two identical VIP suites and two twin cabins, each with ensuite facilities. Aft of the engine room will be a generous crew area for four, consisting of two cabins with bunk beds and a large mess and pantry.
In addition, this part of the yacht also contains a day head and well-appointed closed galley. Further aft will be the saloon with the formal dining space, with the option to extend the lounge aftwards into an al fresco dining area with a U-shaped settee. Overall, the design ensures that guests can make the most of the various different environments they will encounter on their travels around the world.
Further aft still will be a place dedicated to enjoying life in the water, including a foldable beach platform with shower and sauna, with an extra head, pantry and minibar to ensure guests are kept well-provisioned without needing to return inside.
This 28-metre superyacht is scheduled for delivery to her new owner in the spring of 2020.