Zeelander Yachts offers new design features developed from customisation requests in the market for mid-sized motor yachts. From a state-of-the-art boatyard at Groot-Ammers, the experts at Zeelander have developed tailored solutions for its semi-custom range of yachts which include privacy glass and a hydraulic passerelle.
Zeelander’s range extends to three models: the Z44, Z55 and its Z72 flagship. One of the more visible features is a flexible hydraulic passerelle integrated into the curved finish of the Z72’s transom. This slim, elegant option extends at the touch of a button and adjusts smoothly to the height of the dock or quay astern, which is ideally suited to tight stern-to moorings at town quays or busy marinas and is very convenient for those who cruise in the Mediterranean.
Privacy glass, tinting with the simple click of a button, can be installed on the aft and side windows on the main deck. Other options include a diving plank, forward-looking sonar and a different bar setup. Zeelander also gives the option of large windows on the Z55 – similar to the Z72 design – whose mullion-free curved glass gives an uninterrupted view for the driver and improves the 360-degree view for guests.
“We have always worked closely with our customers to create vessels that are tailored to their personal needs,” says founder Sietse Koopmans. “With our ever-growing clientele, we are continuously developing new features, custom solutions and bespoke options for the most demanding clients, which benefit all future owners as well.”
Demand is growing particularly strong in the European market, keeping the yard busy despite the challenges of the pandemic. All Zeelander models can be viewed in-build side-by-side at Zeelander’s Groot-Ammers yard in the Netherlands. And visitors to this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, which takes place from 7 to 12 September 2021, will be able to tour brand-new Z55 and Z72 yachts.
Zeelander Yachts was founded in 2002 in the Netherlands by Sietse Koopmans. The first model was unveiled to the public in 2008. The launch model Z44 received positive reviews at the Monaco Yacht Show and drew enormous crowds, despite being at an event dominated by much larger yachts. Within three years, the Z44 had been successfully introduced to the US as well as Europe, and it was an obvious direction to add a larger model to the fleet. The first Z55 was delivered in November 2015, and the flagship Z72 was launched in March 2019.
Credits: Zeelander Yachts, Jeff Brown
At today's Closing Press Conference of the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show journalists heard the closing statements. The six-day event saw 168 events including conventions, seminars, technical workshops, conferences, presentations, and 4,463 sea trials."This has been not only an incredible Boat Show, but above all an efficient one: in an exceptional moment for the yachting industry, having grown by 31.1%, with a turnover of € 6.1 billion and a workforce growing by 9.7%, visitors have increased by 10.7% since last year to an impressive 103,812 (as recorded at 11.00 am this morning), and all contracts have been closed," says Saverio Cecchi, President of the Italian Marine Industry Association and I Saloni Nautici."The results have exceeded all expectations and, in addition to the success achieved in terms of the public and businesses, the city has been able to open up and function as a place of high-quality hospitality and entertainment. The next step will be in June 2023 when, on the new Eastern Waterfront which is currently taking shape, Genoa will be the final stage of The Ocean Race. This is a sport in which there is always a finish line: for us, the one shared with the Italian Marine Industry Association and the Saloni Nautici will be the new ten-year agreement starting in 2024, which will include all new exhibition areas," comments Marco Bucci, The Mayor of Genoa.The President of the Liguria Regional Council, Mr Giovanni Toti: "What makes me proud today is not only the number of visitors who came to enjoy the Genoa Boat Show but the rate of growth recorded for employment throughout the entire industry. This is an economy that works, an economy that makes dreams come true, and the Genoa International Boat Show is its focal point. Just like the new Eastern Waterfront, Italy's largest urban regeneration site, the Show is the dream of a better city becoming a reality."Credits: Genoa International Boat Show
September 27, 2022
Victory Design will be attending the Monaco Yacht Show and will be premiering its new Bolide 170: a 50m hyperyacht resulting from the experience of founder Brunello Acampora and his team of international designers and engineers.Bolide 80 - a full-carbon masterpiece, with custom reinforcements by Microtex and structural cores by Diab – is the first Hyper Muscle Yacht, it can travel in total comfort and safety at a cruising speed of over 55 knots with sprint speeds of up to 75 knots, powered by MAN diesel engines supplied by Ranieri & Tonissi, Victory's technological partner. A full-carbon Bolide 80, currently under in-house construction with the collaboration of Persico Marine and with the supervision of engineer Eugenio Voltolina.Bolide 170, the Human Machine Interface HMI is very well thought out, with technology partners such as Boening and Xenta. The yacht will offer easy handling even at 70 knots, which is the top speed envisaged for the version with turbines and electric motors. It is a Formula 1 range, but easy and safe to drive, achieving high performance with reduced fuel consumption per mile: by 50% compared to yachts of the same length, thanks to its technological assets. The new design of the Bolide 170 was studied by Victory's engineers, both in the multi-motor diesel version, with sprint speeds of up to 50 knots, and in a special hybrid version with four gas turbines and electric motors, capable of reaching over 70 knots.The diesel version features a light alloy hull and a carbon fiber superstructure; thanks to the modular use of the propulsion apparatus composed of six 2,200 hp MAN engines, in an unprecedented "triple staggered" geometry, two electric motors and a T-Drive by Flexitab & TS propulsion system with six surface propellers, without the installation of generators. The version with four gas turbines, on the other hand, features a composite hull and a hybrid electric apparatus with a latest-generation battery pack.The layout of the Bolide 170 consists of large open spaces designed for everyday living in osmosis with the sea and the surrounding nature.In addition to the owner's suite, there are four guest cabins and a large crew area. The generous interior spaces are designed to encourage conviviality, while meticulously preserving privacy, with dedicated pathways for the owner and his guests, respecting the needs of the crews.Architect Stefano Faggioni has teamed up with the Victory team to recreate the elegance of Italian design. At the stern, the beach club is larger than other boats of a similar size, with folding terraces, transformers, and a 'bord de mer' swimming pool that joins the one located in the bow solarium, above the tender and toys area.Brunello Acampora was founded 33 years ago and has always been engaged in R&D, which it then transfers to production. Brunello Acampora is an Italian with an Anglo-Saxon background, he studied Yacht & Boat Design at Southampton's Solent University, adheres to the concept of "total design", a vision of design as a moment of synthesis between art, science and technology in which functionality and performance go hand in hand with the elegance of shapes and with the owner's experience.Credits: Victory Design
September 27, 2022
On September 24, the hull and superstructure of YN 20150, code-named Oslo24 were joined, following the installation of the two MTU 8V 4000 M63 IMO III diesel engines. The owners, keen sailors, selected the Heesen hybrid propulsion system, for the silent cruising at up to 8.5 knots. “We are delighted that everything is on track with Oslo24,” says owner’s representative Stefan Zucker. “Her owners are proud and happy, having watched their yacht progress through every step of the construction so far with the closest attention. We are all looking forward to the next milestone.”Based on the design of Heesen's 50-meter steel series, with flowing lines by Clifford Denn, Project Oslo24 is the true expression of her owners' yachting knowledge and experience. Every aspect of their boat speaks of their close involvement and profound understanding of life at sea. "Working with such passionate clients who enjoy every step in the construction of their yacht is a true blessing. Their extensive knowledge and genuine interest in the technology and craftsmanship that go into their yacht are a source of inspiration for our entire team. We were delighted by their presence at the marriage of the hull and superstructure, an important step in every yacht’s build,” comments Rick van de Wetering, Heesen’s COO.Project Oslo24 is scheduled for delivery in March 2024.Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminum and steel from 30m to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.Credits: Ruben Griffioen/Heesen Yachts
September 27, 2022
Arcadia Yachts will choose the 24m Mabelle to exhibit at the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show, dedicated to superyachts, in Port Hercule from September 28 to October 1. Mabelle is a refined Sherpa 80 with a custom layout and décor. Key features include the winter garden on the aft deck, a multi-function zone designed to be enjoyed at any time of year, with sliding doors and windows so that the area can be fully closed off and heated or cooled. 24 meters long and 7 meters in the beam, the Mabelle was built for a couple of Italian owners with many years’ experience in the world of sailing yachts, which is reflected in the interior decor, with its very marine atmosphere and soft colors – alternating between white and various light blues, including a dusty shade – alluding to the sober elegance of a mega sailer yet at the same time with the refined coziness of a home in the Hamptons or Maine.“Monaco is the ideal showcase for exhibiting a boat that expresses the very essence of Arcadia Yachts. This Sherpa 80 was built down to the smallest detail with the desires and tastes of the owners in mind, so that it fully reflects their personality,” commented Ugo Pellegrino, sole director of the Campania-based yard. Launched this summer on the beautiful Sorrento coast, Mabelle has four large cabins and above all offers guests over 200 sq. m of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy at any time of day, with maximum levels of comfort and breathtaking views from every deck. Watertoys and tender are stowed in the side-launching garage, meaning there is great freedom of movement in the exceptionally spacious lazarette.On the aft deck, there is a “winter garden”, a convertible space with sliding glass doors aft and on either side so that the dining area can be closed off and heated or cooled. When closed off, this dining zone forms a single area with the skylounge, which can be converted for different uses at different times of day, not least thanks to the up and down windows. The engine room houses a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 1350s, ensuring a range of over 1,200 nautical miles, a top speed of 23 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots.Arcadia Yachts is based in Naples, Italy. Since 2008, Arcadia Yachts has been building semi-custom luxury composite yachts and has succeeded in perfectly integrating artisanal craftsmanship, modern technologies, attention to detail and to the surrounding environment. The Arcadia Yachts fleet has included two ranges since September 2016. The shipyard’s first and most characterizing range is the A range, which includes 4 models (A85, A85s, A105 and A115). The Sherpa range has a new model, the 24m Sherpa XL, which was launched at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival. Credits: Arcadia Yachts
September 26, 2022
Italian Cantiere delle Marche has sold its largest project to date, the 45-meter RJ155 explorer. A 'pure-bred' explorer yacht, the RJ155 belongs to the RJ series of which already five units have been sold. Her elegant exterior lines penned by Francesco Paszkowski and combines with an oceangoing explorer characteristics: robustness, seaworthiness, long range, generous interior areas for both guests and crew, plenty of storage spaces.Her interior design will be developed by Achille Salvagni who has been entrusted to design also most of the interior loose furniture. She spreads across three decks plus a very large sundeck, and will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests in five cabins, including the owner’s suite located on the main deck and four suites situated on the lower deck. She will have a displacement of around 460t while the Gross Tonnage remains below 500GT. “We are extremely satisfied about the appeal of the RJ series”, says Vasco Buonpensiere, Cantiere delle Marche Sales & Marketing Director as well as one of its far-sighted founders. “We are also very honored by the confidence that another of our existing clients has put in us to deliver such an extraordinary vessel, which undoubtedly, will bring Cantiere delle Marche to another level. Being entrusted for the second time by such an experienced yachtsman is a source of great pride for our shipyard and everyone will work tirelessly to ensure the owners can enjoy their new yacht as scheduled in early 2025.”Power comes from twin Caterpillar C32 Acert WOSR delivering 895kW each at 1800-2000rpm and allowing for a top speed of 15 knots. Combined with fuel tanks with a total capacity of 65000 liters, RJ155, as all expedition yachts built by Cantiere delle Marche, will have a range of above 5000 nautical miles at 9 knots. CdM's story begins in 2010. The facilities cover an overall surface of 16˙000 square meters, including 7˙000 sq. m of workshops and 1˙000 sq. m of docks. Since 2015, the shipyard has been the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Based in Ancona, Cantiere delle Marche builds yachts from 26m to 43m in length.Credits: CdM
September 26, 2022