NICOSTASIA is the fourth unit of the raised-pilothouse yachts by Van der Valk, built for a repeat client.

The raised-pilothouse have an exterior design by Guido de Groot. NICOSTASIA features also the interior design by Guido de Groot. The 26m full-aluminum motor yacht has a top speed of 25 knots, powered by two MTU 10V 2000 M93 with a power of 1502 HP each. The cruising speed is 18 knots.


The sundeck is equipped with a second helm station, sun lounge, C-shaped seating with tables and a kitchenette with fridges, wine cabinet, and teppanyaki. Moreover, the aft area is the home for a 4.45m RIB and a jet ski.


The full-beam master suite is located on the lower deck while the crew mess, a part of the crew cabins and the galley/utility room is on the main deck forward. So, the crew has a direct access to the main helm station. Alongside the master suite, on the lower deck can be found a full-beam VIP suite, a double guest cabin and guest cabin with Pullman beds.

Guido de Groot comments:

“Normally, of course, the saloon contains the dining space while the galley is located elsewhere in the boat But this family loves to socialize with guests while cooking, so they requested this one-of-a-kind feature. 

They also wanted to have as much natural light as possible in that area. The design allows as much sunlight as possible to reach this space from the oversized windows in the wheelhouse above by making the ceiling in the galley area spectacularly high. Another ingenious element is the extractor hood above the stove that doubles as a lighting fixture. Each of these components was quite complex to implement given that the passage between the sunbathing areas on the flybridge above is directly above the cooking island and the extractors. Only an expert yard like Van der Valk could have accomplished this so well.”