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 has shredded the rulebook to pieces in cahoots with Cor D. Rover and Ginton Naval Architects to create one of the most innovative and appealing 60ft designs we’ve seen for years. Together they have transformed the way a boat of this size can fit together to offer something entirely unique and utterly fascinating.
Key to making this concept work is the position of the engineroom underneath the bathing platform. Van der Valk says that there is still 5ft 2in (1.6m) of headroom despite its location and this frees up space ahead of it for the incredible water level saloon with sliding doors that open on to the bathing platform.
There are a variety of layout and seating options in this area, which also houses the galley, but to have such a connection to the water from inside the boat is a masterstroke from the design team.
A staircase forward leads up to the pilothouse deck, which backs on to a raised cockpit and is home to the helm station. There are plans afoot for a flybridge version with a further deck atop the wheelhouse with even more outdoor seating and a second helm position.
Accessed via a central walkway, the accommodation is forward on the lower deck with three cabins including two guest twins and a master. There’s more smart thinking here as the bed faces forward rather being tucked into the point of the bow facing aft. This means those in bed can enjoy the view through the windows that wrap around the bow.
Sunken side decks lead from the aft cockpit down a run of shallow steps to the foredeck, which is as spacious and luxuriously equipped as a craft twice the size. It’s incredibly versatile too, offering six different layouts including a totally clear deck to stow the tender and toys, a plethora of seating options – some with added cooking facilities – and even a hot tub option. As a platform for relaxing and entertaining, this main deck is unrivalled in this size bracket – it’s genius.
There’s more to the BeachClub 600 then lazing about in the sun, though. It has 1,450hp on tap and an aluminium, moderate V, hard chine hull. With a relatively skinny dry weight of only 33 tonnes it will achieve 25 knots flat out and be more than capable of cruising in the early 20s.
All of this innovation doesn’t come cheap but Van der Valk is a high-quality builder and is not a yard to fit its boats out lightly or without a healthy specification. If the BeachClub 600 works as well in the flesh as it looks to in these renders, Van der Valk could well have a superstar on its hands.
LOA: 62ft 6in (19.05m)
Beam: 19ft 0in (5.8m)
Engines: Volvo Penta IPS950
Top speed: 25 knots
Price from: €2.72m (ex VAT)