on 9 Oct 2019
FLIBS (Oct 30-Nov 3) will see the Dutch builder's full range of models featuring iconic exterior profiles and designs developed with Cor D Rover
Zeelander Yachts will exhibit its full line at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (October 30-November 3) in the U.S, including a debut of a new model and flagship.
(Image: Zeelander Yachts)
Zeelander Yachts is a leading Dutch shipyard that creates high-end motor yachts with an elegant New York commuter-style profile and excellent performance. Showing off these three yachts all in one place is an exciting prospect for the builder. Each model displays a different aspect of the product line, including the unique exterior treatment, with a commuter-style profile and distinctive design cues. Meanwhile, the interior has smart use of space and creative attention to detail with finish levels that rival the luxurious appointments of superyachts.
A key hallmark for the Zeelander line is performance. Using proven Volvo Penta IPS technology, each model achieves exhilarating speeds, graceful handling and unmatched cruising performance. The success of form following function is expected to appeal to the American market, where buyers want to enjoy all aspects of their on-water experiences.
Debut of the dynamic flagship Z72
(Image: Onne van der Wal)
The Z72 continues the Zeelander trend of showing off its curves. The exterior look of the Z72, dubbed the “Rolls Royce of the Seas”, is developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover. The Z72 continues the builder’s tradition with a striking S-shaped sheerline. The distinctive rounded stern will unfold invitingly to reveal a spacious swim platform, while three pairs of extremely large hullside windows punctuate the curvaceous hull. A raked, curving windshield and distinctively framed side windows are topped by a coachroof with a finely drawn grabrail.
For the interior, huge expanses of glass surround the entire enclosed space of the deckhouse, which encompass the helm area forward, backing up to a large dining table. At the aft end is a roomy, functional U-shaped galley. The coachroof overhead has a broad sunroof to brighten the table.
The helm console consists of an angled, ergonomic pod on centerline with glass-bridge electronic navigation displays, with a wide bench seat. The dining table will be directly abaft the helm bench and keep even more companions close by. The table is be served by a wide settee aft and a twoseat bench to port. The galley is situated at the aft end of the interior to serve the dining table and the cockpit equally well, especially thanks to the retracting aft bulkhead window dividing the galley from the cockpit.
Abaft the stools is open deck space, sheltered by the extended house sides followed by a step down to a fore-and-aft pair of settees with a cocktail table between. From this aft-deck area, the side decks offer easy, safe transit forward, where yet another sun pad awaits.
The curving transom unfolds, creating an enormous swim platform. The platform serves as the teak beach at anchor, and be a main gathering area for water-loving family and friends.
Belowdecks, the Z72 has a three-stateroom layout. The master is forward and shows a key benefit of this curvy, updated take on the classic high-sided commuter: headroom and forward volume. As with all Zeelanders, the décor is sophisticated and comfortable to allow guests and family to enjoy their time aboard with ease.
The Z72 backs up its looks with performance, with three 1,000-horsepower IPS 1350s that allow it to reach a top speed of 40 knots, and benefit from the Volvo Penta integrated joystick system for excellent maneuverability.
Z55 – Fast and furious
(Image: Zeelander Yachts – Z55 in middle)
The Z55 is more spacious than other yachts in its size range. it has a sophisticated layout and is designed in a clever way. The main deck is a one-level social area comprising a stern cockpit, bar, galley and wheelhouse, all on the same level. There are no steps or borders between them, which is also good for safety reasons. The yacht benefits from the yard’s special feature, a 360-degree panoramic vistas from the wheelhouse through generous windows with narrow frames, which is unique for the class.
Z44 – The iconic luxury cruiser
(Image: Zeelander Yachts – Z44 in front)
The Z44 also offers unparalleled ease of operation. Its proportions were designed with seaworthiness and smooth rides in mind, with a high bow offering a bulwark against waves in large seas, while double chines deflect waves and improve the dry ride. Zeelander gave the Z44 better performance on open seas highlighting how the smart design prevents slamming in waves.