Known for high-end motor yachts that blend form and function with perfection and performance, Zeelander Yachts will debut at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show its fastest yacht ever: the Z55 with twin Volvo Penta IPS-1350s. This is the first Dutch yacht powered by these engines, which generate 2,000hp and allow the yacht to reach a top speed of 42-plus knots — making her a first for Zeelander.
According to Leonardo van den Berg, Commercial Director at Zeelander Yachts, “In order to install the new motors, we have further increased the hull strength around the engine room and additional lamination thickness from bow to midship according to new strength calculations.”
Not only is the new Z55 fast, but she is quiet as well. Special attention was paid to ensure the yacht was as quiet as possible. van den Berg says she is, “Just like a Rolls Royce on water.” Additional rubber matting to the chine and the engine room insulation were upgraded to a mega yacht level. Furthermore, all pumps and motors on the Z55 are mounted double flexible, which is far beyond the level seen on this size of vessels.
“Despite the engines being more powerful than what we used before, it does not affect the high level of comfort on board,” van den Berg adds. Complementing the yacht’s head turning, elegant New York commuter-style profile are plush living spaces. The Z55’s main deck was designed for entertaining with a large social area that effortlessly flows without any steps. Perfect for cocktails and dinner while cruising, the yacht showcases a bar with stools and a fully equipped galley.
A 100hp William tender and two SeaBobs are discreetly stowed in the tender garage. The yacht also features a large swim platform complete with a bar and swim ladder.
Established in 2002 in the Netherlands, Zeelander Yachts creates luxury high-end motor yachts — each a piece of art on the water. The total amount of man-hours put into the design, development and build of each Zeelander far exceeds that of any other yacht in its class. Working with award-winning exterior designer Cor D. Rover, every aspect of each yacht is refined to perfection. They have an impressive new yard in Groot-Ammers with 20,000-square meters of waterfront, where they build their spectacular yachts. Currently, Zeelander’s range includes the Z44 and Z55.
The Zeelander Z55 will be located at the Northrop & Johnson display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Green Zone slip HOF 37A.
*Photo Credit: Boaz Timmermans