Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has signed an order from a repeat client for a new, fully-custom tri-deck explorer superyacht called Lady Lene. Designed as a family-friendly cruiser and due for delivery at the end of next year, the all-aluminium vessel will feature interiors by Guido de Groot, exterior design by both De Groot and YachtCreators and naval architecture by Ginton Naval Architects and Diana Yacht Design. Photo: Van der Valk ShipyardAt the owner's request, the 34-metre explorer will be fully wheelchair-accessible thanks to a lift between the decks and totally flush floors. She will also feature high ceilings throughout, as well as giant superstructure windows, in order to enhance the feeling of space on board and boost the owning family's sense of connection to the water.Photo: Van der Valk ShipyardDesigner Guido de Groot commented on the challenges behind the owner's brief for the project: “We started our design by taking into account the very specific interior requirements for height and accessibility. The owners also had detailed aesthetic wishes for the exterior design, including a high robust bow and soft curved lines. The desire for clean exterior spaces and a large aft deck necessitated moving the superstructure volume forward, including the wheelhouse."Photo: Van der Valk ShipyardHe continued: "To ensure the profile remained sleek and slim we added attractive design features like the black line extending from the bow to the dining room windows before dividing at the bulwark to head aft. We also created a darker ceiling where the TV domes and mast are located. These and other elements make for a stylish overall look.”Photo: Van der Valk ShipyardFor added comfort on the water, motor yacht Lady Lene's hull features a wave-piercing bow and performance-enhancing Hull Vane system. Twin SeaKeeper gyro stabilisers and a Humphree electric fin stabilising system will also combine to provide comfort across the range, even in the choppiest of waters.
Performance-wise, Lady Lene will benefit from this Fast Displacement hull developed by Ginton Naval Architects which will ensure that no compromises are made in terms of hydrodynamic performance at both cruising and top speed. Photo: Van der Valk ShipyardAs Ginton Naval Architects founder Jaron Ginton explains, “Because the LWL is so important at these speeds, we cut the hull ‘horizontally’ at a level around the waterline and scaled it in the length, creating a wave-piercing – not bulbous – bow and longer submerged hull. The Hull Vane will save over 12.5% on fuel consumption at 11 knots as well as reduce wake and pitch in head seas. Installing this submerged wing on the transom required a special design for the rudders, based on the work we previously did with Van der Valk on Anemeli.”Photo: Van der Valk ShipyardOnboard accommodation for up to 10 guests includes a VIP suite on the bridge deck with its own balcony and aft terrace, an owner’s stateroom complete with an office located on the lower deck, with three additional suites located in the bow (two doubles and a single suite). The main deck is also home to the vessel's primary dining area which is bathed in natural light and a large open saloon.
Photo: Van der Valk ShipyardA standout area on Lady Lene can be found in her large aft entertainment area, which features numerous relaxation and dining spaces, as well as a bar and a swim platform for easy access to the water.