This 85-footer (26-meter) is one of a few sizes available in the new Van der Valk Pilot series. With a high, proud bow reminiscent of explorer yachts, along with the large glass panes and other stylistic elements of modern motoryachts, these semi-custom megayachts come from the drawing boards of Cor D. Rover Design.
The Van der Valk Pilot series starts at 75 feet (23 meters), with larger models coming in the near future. Because of their bigger sizes, they will let buyers benefit from the creature comforts they’ve come to expect, such as waterside gyms, or tender garages for big (and many) watertoys. Regardless, each of the megayacht models is open to owner personalization.
Some of the things the shipyard and design team believe will turn customers’ heads include the real estate on the swim platform. As seen above, it is deeper than usual, specifically stretching 16 feet (4.9 meters). It’s an Opacmare Transformer platform, too, meaning it can lower into the water to make watertoy launching and retrieving easier. When those toys are in the water, owners and guests can use the platform as extra lounge space, with the crew setting up chairs and tables.
Despite the relatively small size, the Van der Valk Pilot series offers a main-deck master stateroom. It’s because she’s a raised-pilothouse design. The privacy this affords, plus separate stairs for crew and guests to venture down below, is an enviable advantage as well. As for those stairs, crew have passage to port, to two cabins and a crew mess. Guests, meanwhile, have access to starboard, for two twins and a VIP. The stairway is just forward of the galley, too.
While the chef can serve formal means inside, certainly most owners and guests will want to dine on the flying bridge. They can do so beneath the hardtop (with a slide-open center). Pre- or post-meal, they can enjoy cocktails from the forward bar and sunning aft. Need more shade? Not a problem, since awnings can be set up.
The shipyard plans to reveal more information about engines and performance in the coming weeks.
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