Drettmann Yachts is returning to its roots by having its newest megayacht, the Drettman Explorer Yacht 24, built in Holland. Equally noteworthy, the owner of the first Drettman Explorer Yacht 24 got to lay down the first weld on the keel himself.
The Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24 is under construction at Acico Yachts, which specializes in semi-custom and fully custom sailing and motoryachts to 197 feet (60 meters). While this is the first time that Drettmann Yachts is collaborating with the Dutch yard, in the 1970s and 1980s, Drettmann offered several motoryachts built in The Netherlands. From the 1990s onward, Drettmann Yachts models, notably the Bandido Explorer and Elegance yachts, have been constructed in Taiwan.
The owner of the first Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24 is from Germany, so the proximity to The Netherlands makes it easy for him to visit the shipyard, which he plans to do over the course of construction. As the photos here show, he was present for the official keel laying, even taking the welding torch himself to attach the traditional lucky coin to the steel frame.
As for performance, the megayacht is being equipped with diesel-electric propulsion that includes Engtek azipods. Top speed should be 13 knots, and best range should be 5,000 miles, achieved at 8 knots. A total of 4,755 gallons (11,000 liters) of fuel will be aboard, too.
With design work by Drettmann Yachts and Focus Yacht Design, the Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24 measures 78’4” (23.9 meters), with a healthy beam of 22’2” (6.76 meters). The dimensions are as much for the owner’s comfort on long voyages as they are for the stowage necessary for these trips. Enhancing both: offsetting certain areas inside. It also helps that there are just two guest staterooms accompanying the master stateroom, all on the lower deck. Crew are being housed forward, with a dedicated stairway leading to the pilothouse. Claudia Drettmann of Drettmann Yachts and Schnaase Interior Design are overseeing the interior.
Wherever the owner eventually cruises, he’ll have diving equipment and watertoys at his disposal. A Williams jet tender and PWC are being stowed forward just beneath the main deck. The way that Drettmann Yachts and Focus Yacht Design are offsetting the interior spaces is also allowing for a beach club that includes a lounge and sauna. The 7’2” (2.2-meter) draft should ensure that the beach club, toys, and more are put to good use in a variety of ports.