January 23 marks the start of the annual Boot Düsseldorf, an important yacht show in Europe. It also marks the global premiere of the DEY 24. This 78-foot (23.9-meter) Drettmann Explorer Yacht (hence “DEY”) is the first of a new series meant for intrepid travelers.
Drettmann Yachts collaborated with Focus Yacht Design to create the DEY 24. Naturally for a bold explorer, the DEY 24 has a high bow, to keep big waves down. Those sea conditions could be encountered if she plans to put her reported 5,000-nautical-mile range to the test. She also has significant stowage inside. This includes space for provisions as much as it does for dive gear and toys. One such toy is a Williams 445 tender, while another is a Sea-Door RXP jet bike. Both are kept forward beneath the deck, with a dedicated davit.
Also of note, the DEY 24 features diesel-electric propulsion with pod drives. Few, if any, megayachts in this size range are equipped with diesel-electric. Diesel-electric is considered a more efficient alternative to traditional diesels for yachts that will vary their speeds often. In terms of speed, the DEY 24 is expected to top out at 13 knots.
Since the DEY 24 is meant for luxurious travel, she also has a number of notable creature comforts. These include a beach club. It’s quite unexpected for her LOA. Drettmann Yachts says it’s possible due to the placement of the tender forward. The DEY 24’s beach club can therefore include a sauna, too. All six passengers can enjoy this plus a flying bridge equipped with a barbecue. They also can enjoy a contemporary, colorful atmosphere created by Claudia Drettmann, co-owner of Drettmann Yachts, in conjunction with Birgit Schnaase.
As mentioned above, the DEY 24 is the first of a new series. The other models have not yet been revealed. However, Drettmann Yachts does say the DEY 24 is the smallest, with the maximum length planned being 131 feet (40 meters).