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New order received for 28 metre raised pilothouse explorer

Van der Valk recently received an order for the third in its Explorer line, a 28-metre motor yacht with a raised pilothouse.

The project is for a repeat client who only needed to spend a season enjoying his current Van der Valk to be convinced that an Explorer would be ideal to embark on the trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific voyages of his dreams. These exciting adventures will begin after the yacht is delivered in the spring of 2020.

Following on from Dutch Falcon and Santa Maria T, the third yacht in the company’s Explorer range will be built entirely in strong, lightweight aluminium. The yacht has a fast displacement hull, with twin MAN V12 1650 hp engines giving an estimated top speed of 20 knots. A VEEM VG145 zero-speed gyroscopic stabiliser system and two 32 kW Northern Lights generators will ensure onboard comfort at all times for owners and guests.

The yacht’s flybridge deck will be dedicated to leisure and include a covered U-shaped seating area around a dining table; skateboard wet bar with small L-shaped settee; open deck aft with hardtop awning for additional protection against sun and rain; whirlpool tub flanked by integrated sunbeds, with a Jet Ski stored underneath and a tender crane with capacity of 800 kg

The main deck has a luxurious master suite forward with a roomy ensuite bathroom, including his and her closets. Amidships will be a raised pilothouse with three pilot seats – a great place to join the captain as the yacht progresses around the world. This area 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 into a lovely al fresco dining area with a U-shaped settee.

The majority of the yacht’s lower deck will be occupied by two identical VIP suites and two twin cabins, each with ensuite facilities. Aft of the engine room is a generous crew area with two cabins, a large mess and pantry. Further aft still will be a superb space for aquatic pursuits on a foldable beach platform with shower and sauna. A pantry with minibar will facilitate fun on the water without having to return inside.

Designed by Guido de Groot, the Explorer is one of the new generations of motor yachts in the Van der Valk portfolio, offering the ideal blend of the classic and timeless with the bold and original. The Company has gone to great lengths to ensure the best possible sailing and seakeeping qualities for this design, including a distinctive round-bilged hull. Van der Valk Explorers are designed and built to withstand the toughest environments, and their extensive fuel capacity will enable you to easily make long ocean passages.