Dutch builder Van der Valk has received a new order to build a fully custom 112-foot/ 34-metrer motoryacht. The yard has brought together a team of four leading players from the Dutch superyacht sector for the design, naval architecture and technical construction aspects. The highly sophisticated tri-deck explorer-type superyacht is slated for delivery in December 2021.
This all-new design and build has been ordered by repeat clients. In essence, this all-aluminum project synergises and encapsulates the family’s thoughts on how an ideal motoryacht should look and feel. It also takes into account every stage of life, being completely wheelchair-friendly with an interior elevator for easy between-deck access, while emphasising the family’s love of living close to the water. The hull features a wave piercing bow and a performance-enhancing Hull Vane appendage, while the superstructure includes giant windows for panoramic views wing stations for easy docking.
There are accommodations for up to ten guests include a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck, a balcony and an aft terrace. The owner’s stateroom with office is located on the lower deck, which is also home to two double staterooms in the bow plus a single cabin. The main deck features a bright dining area and a large open saloon. Ceilings are noticeably high here and in all luxury areas— a specific requirement from the owners— while the floors are all completely level with no protrusions or steps.
Despite the care and attention paid to the interior, the focal point of both the design of the yacht and the social life of those onboard is the aft entertainment area. This large open space will have a genuine wow factor with its clean deck, dedicated zones for relaxation and dining, a bar and a swim platform.
To ensure these and other bespoke requirements are completely fulfilled, Van der Valk and the owner’s representative team from YachtCreators are working in close partnership with Guido de Groot Yacht Design, Ginton Naval Architects, Diana Yacht Design and Hull Vane BV. “One of the reasons behind the success of Van der Valk has been our ability to facilitate the hugely productive cooperation between designers, owners, suppliers and the yard,” says Head of Sales and Marketing Yoeri Bijker.
“Our slogan ‘together we are excellent’ is a reflection of the reality on the ground as we follow the Dutch tradition of flat hierarchies and uniting for the common good. By bringing in the best people for the job at hand we are assured of flexibility, specialisation and superior solutions for clients.”
Challenging brief — exterior styling and decks—Guido de Groot
Designer Guido de Groot describes the owner’s brief as both challenging and adventurous. “We had to start our design by taking into account the very specific interior requirements with respect to height and accessibility. Only once these parameters had been established on the GA could we embark on the exterior design, and the owners also had detailed aesthetic wishes here, too, including a high robust bow combined with soft curved lines. There really was no comparable reference point for an elegant explorer like this, which made this a very enjoyable project.”
Crucially, De Groot and his design team have also had to take into account the need for very clean looking exterior decks as well as the large aft deck, which in turn necessitated moving much of the superstructure volume forward, including the wheelhouse. “To ensure that the profile remained sleek and slim despite her height required adding a number of attractive design features,” he explains. “These include the transition of curved lines aft of the wheelhouse and the way the black line extends from the bow to the high 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, and all these elements together make for a stylish overall look.”