Van der Valk Shipyard has announced the addition of a new concept to its existing line of premium Dutch motoryachts. The Pilot range combines the rugged exterior evocative of an explorer vessel with the superlative comfort, quality and equipment of the very latest contemporary yachts. Designed by Cor D Rover and available in lengths of 23 metres and above, these all-aluminium motoryachts will blend the best of both worlds by providing lots of outdoor space as well as plenty of interior volume.
Van der Valk’s new Pilot series is the epitome of versatility. As the ultimate crossover between the capacities of an explorer and the comfort of a modern yacht, this range marries a modern overall appearance with subtle classic touches. The raised pilothouse layout means that the wheelhouse position is elevated and the forward main deck area freed for other purposes. There is lots of space particularly on the aft deck for sunbathing as well as the storage of tenders, Jet Skis and other toys.
A wide range of adaptations to the initial 23-metre model are possible, with longer versions to follow in due course. Clients interested in lifestyle-type boating might like to add a gym in the aft area, for instance, and the size of the tenders and type of toys are completely flexible. The saloon can even be extended aft to expand the socialising space here by creating a larger dining area. “Van der Valk is a visionary yard, and we’ve always had a great partnership,” Cor D. Rover states. “We also worked together on their award-winning BeachClub design. Van der Valk recognises true innovation and this new Pilot line shows the yard is ready to implement new ideas at every turn.”
With a 4.90-metre multifunctional swimming platform (including the option for an Opacmare Transformer), a crane for a large tender and lots of toys, the main deck will certainly be the main attraction for guests. When the tenders are out, the space becomes a fully-fledged beach club area with a terrace and a selection of comfortable loose furniture. This type of oversized aft space reflects the fact that most Van der Valk clients love spending lots of time outdoors.
That said, the main deck interior of the Pilot range will also offer a wealth of indoor space. The well-appointed lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows that afford spectacular views. The rest of the main deck is taken up by the separate galley and master suite forward. Having such a full-beam stateroom on the main deck means that the owners can enjoy true sea views and yet benefit from total privacy. This layout is similar to a superyacht approach, with stairs leading up to the pilothouse and down to the guest accommodations, while the crew have a separate stairwell connecting the crew mess to the galley. The space on deck is maximised, leaving the stern area free for the owner’s preferred activities.
The elevated pilothouse provides beautiful views on the surroundings, as well as a comfortable hangout space centred on a U-shaped settee. Forward-leaning windows reminiscent of professional vessels accentuate the shape of the superstructure. There is a direct exit from the wheelhouse to the flybridge deck, which comprises an outdoor helm position and co-pilot seat, a large wet bar to port, and an exceedingly spacious sunbathing zone. The majority of outdoor spaces are covered by a hardtop, and part of the rest can be shaded with a convertible canvas awning. There is a U-shaped settee amid a dining/lounge area to starboard.
The guest accommodations on the lower deck consist of two twin cabins with ensuite bathrooms and a spacious VIP suite. There are two double crew cabins in a separate crew area with bathroom and mess, which has its own separate stairwell. Further information regarding the engine room and other technical details will be released in due course.