With a patented design that sees the IPS units installed in the bathing platform, this new Van der Valk is far from your average 60-footer
Van der Valk is set to start construction on an incredibly innovative new series of motoryachts next month in the shape of the new BeachClub range.
The first model, due for launch in 2017, is a 61ft (18.6m) version dubbed the BeachClub 600, which will be a springboard to an entirely new range with this radical Cor D. Rover and Ginton design.
By using a patent protected arrangement whereby the IPS950 units are installed within the bathing platform, Van der Valk can include three incredibly spacious outdoor living spaces and, via a triple set of curved sliding doors, access to a sumptuous water-level lounge on the lower deck.
The flat foredeck covers an area of 25 square metres and offers various layout options including a split wet-bar with a sink and griddle or a hot tub, which not many other 60ft boats can claim to have on their options list.
The raised cockpit also has an outdoor driving position with steps leading forward to a cosy sky lounge with another driving position that has shelter from a sliding roof.
Forward, there are three cabins and two bathrooms on the lower deck with a spacious master ensuite tucked forward in the bows.
The vast bathing platform is big enough to be a living space in its own right, especially with its fantastic access to the lower deck saloon and galley which are surrounded by large sweeps of glass on both sides to pack the entire space with natural light.
The Dutch yard says that headroom in the engineroom is still 5ft 2in (1.6m) despite the location of the motors in the bathing platform. How the location of the engines and pods will effect the boat’s trim remains to be seen but, thanks to all aluminium construction, Van der Valk claims a 24-knot top speed with the 725hp engines.
We can’t wait to see more of this fascinating project; see the gallery at the top of the page for more pictures.