King of the beach (club)

Van der Valk throws a cool new take at the hot beach club concept
By Andrew Parkinson ,

Now that's what I call a beach club. 

Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has unveiled details of its genuinely unique (patent pending) concept that aims to raise the bar for the mid-size motoryacht market. The all-aluminum Van der Valk BeachClub line will provide owners and their guests an unrivaled amount of exterior and interior space for its size. How? By putting the engine "room" under the swim platform. 

Even better news is that we won't have to wait very long for it. The first of the new line, a 62.5-foot (19.05-meter) BeachClub 600, is already in construction. (story continues below...)

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“The BeachClub line is the product of many months of research and development with designer Cor D. Rover and Ginton Naval Architects,” said Van der Valk Sales Director Patrick Lankhuizen. “The aim was to create something that would be genuinely innovative and give clients not only an unprecedented feeling of space but far more space in reality. Most yacht concepts are focused on either the exterior or interior volume – our goal was to optimize both."

"We achieved this by dispensing with the normal engine room and placing the revolutionary Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system (of which the Van der Valk shipyard has successfully installed approximately 70 units) in the swimming platform area, where the height is still around 1.6 meters. This makes the most of an aft area of the vessel that is rarely used, freeing up a great deal of volume for interior and exterior facilities. As a result, the BeachClub line has the same amount of space that is usually found on far bigger yachts.”

Van der Valk BeachClub 600 concept in construction

The BeachClub line will be offered in a range starting from 62 feet, driven by a twin Volvo Penta IPS-950 drive train boasting a top speed of approximately 24 knots.

The BeachClub 600 will feature three main outdoor zones to optimize the "al fresco" lifestyle that many owners enjoy. The enormous foredeck area spans approximately 269 square feet and offers various layout options, including a hot tub. 

Van der Valk BeachClub 600 concept hot tub configuration

The cockpit is deck is 182 square feet, and includes an outside steering position. Last but not least, the beach club aft includes both a smart swimming platform and a sun lounge area.

Van der Valk BeachClub 600 concept in construction

The interior brings a few innovations of its own, for its size, with a forward owner’s suite and two separate salons. The upper lounge has an inside steering position and panoramic views, while the voluminous lower deck lounge includes a galley and dining area—all with direct access to the swim platform via curved glass sliding doors.

Van der Valk BeachClub 600 concept in construction

Van der Valk BeachClub 600 concept in construction

Van der Valk BeachClub 600 concept in construction

The roomy ambience aboard is enhanced by a liberal use of glass, with panoramic views from both salons as well as the master suite. Glass inserts throughout the hull afford an additional level of singularity to an exterior profile that already exudes modern elegance.

“When the first BeachClub is launched in 2017, it will represent a mini-revolution in motoryachting,” said Lankhuizen. “As well as offering a true innovation in terms of space, the yacht will be completed to the highest standards of Dutch quality and detail that has made the Van der Valk brand so successful. The BeachClub line is a synthesis of rich experience and forward thinking that takes the desires of today’s and tomorrow's owners fully into account.”

About Van der Valk

Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has been constructing both steel and aluminum motor yachts since 1968. The family-owned shipyard employs more than 45 craftsmen and is located in Waalwijk, the Netherlands. Its founder Wim van der Valk is still a driving force behind the company. The yard has earned a worldwide reputation in part from its award-winning semi-custom Continental series. Van der Valk also has the capacity to build fully custom designs.

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