28m Van der Valk Explorer

28m Van der Valk Explorer

Dutch yacht builder Van der Valk is going to build the third unit of their explorer line. After a 38m and 25m unit now a 28m vessel.

The new explorer yacht was ordered by a repeat client and like many other yachts also designed by Guido de Groot Design. The naval architecture was done by Ginton Naval Architects and Diana Yacht Design. Constructed of lightweight aluminum, powered by two MTU V12 engines with 1,650 hp each, the yacht reaches a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots.

28m Van der Valk Explorer

The yacht welcomes ten guests in total and offers two VIP cabins and two guest cabins on the lower deck forward. The owner’s suite is located on the main deck. The crew mess with two cabins for four persons is on the lower deck at the aft next to the beach club with sauna.

28m Van der Valk Explorer

The sundeck offers an L-shaped sofa and a bar forward, a C-shaped settee for dining and space for a tender and jetski. An 800 kg crane lowers the toys to the water.

Yori Bijker, marketing manager at Van der Valk comments:

“We were genuinely honored to receive this new commission order from a client after he has spent just one season enjoying his current Van der Valk. Around half of all our current orders are being built for repeat clients, showcasing the very high satisfaction rates among owners. The fact that this particular client has now ordered an Explorer was not a great surprise for us as we knew he was planning to embark on some impressive trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific voyages.  We now look forward to building him the perfect platform for these adventures.”

Delivery is scheduled for spring 2020.

28m Van der Valk Explorer

Main Specifications

Length over all:28.50 m
Beam:7.20 m
Draft:1.80 m
Exterior Design:Guido de Groot
Naval Architecture:Ginton Naval Architects and Diana Yacht Design
Main Engines:2 x MAN V12 - 1650 HP @ 2.300 RPM
Top Speed:20 knots
Cruising Speed:17 knots
Range:430 nm

Profile & General Arrangement

28m Van der Valk Explorer Profile

28m Van der Valk Explorer Sun Deck
Sun Deck

28m Van der Valk Explorer Main Deck
Main Deck

28m Van der Valk Explorer Lower Deck
Lower Deck

DUTCH FALCON (25m) - the second launch of the explorer line


Bluebird yacht diana yacht design

Teaser: 55m Bluebird by Diana Yacht Design

Dutch studio Diana Yacht Design presents a teaser of a new 55m concept called Bluebird.

There is currently not much information of the yacht available, but it was designed with a lot of open spaces and will be for family cruising and charter service as well.

Bluebird yacht diana yacht design

Soprano Hakvoort Diana Yacht Design

38m Modern Classic by Diana Yacht Design and Hakvoort

Diana Yacht Design present their latest launched design at the Hakvoort Shipyard – christened Soprano.

Diana Yacht Design is responsible for the exterior design and the naval architecture while the interior design (currently no pictures available) comes from Felix Buytendijk Yacht Design.

Soprano is a 38m steel (hull) and aluminum (superstructure) modern classic yacht with a canoe stern with a top speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 11 knots.

Soprano Hakvoort Diana Yacht Design

The full-beam owner’s stateroom with private bathroom is a located on the main deck. Two double guests cabins and a VIP cabin are on the lower deck. There is also the crew area with the mess, cabins, and access to the technical and storage areas.

The fold-down bathing platform is located amidships. Tender storage is on the bridge deck aft (main tender) and on the foredeck (rescue tender and laser sailboat).

The main salon features large sofas that offer space for up to 10 people.

Main Specifications

Length over all:38.25 m
Length Waterline:33.10 m
Beam:8.00 m
Draft:2.65 m
Exterior Design:Diana Yacht Design
Interior Design:Felix Buytendijk Yacht Design
Naval Architecture:Diana Yacht Design
Top Speed:13 knots
Cruising Speed:11 knots
Main Engines:2 x Caterpillar C18 DITA

Bijoux Yacht Moonen

30m Bijoux of the Caribbean-series by Moonen

Bijoux is the first unit of Moonen's Caribbean-series (Matica). She has a length of 30m.

Responsible for design is René van der Velden (exterior styling), Adam Lay (interior) and Diana Yacht Design (naval architecture). The entire transom can be transformed into a giant hatch.

Bijoux Yacht Moonen
Bijoux Yacht
Bijoux Yacht

The project manager commented:

“As launch customers for this model, the owners have had a significant influence on the design and layout of the first Matica. Although they have visited the yard on a number of occasions during the build, they were delighted that the yacht looked even better in the water than they had imagined. The owners were also impressed by the views from the pilothouse and the second steering position on the flybridge. And it was wonderful to see the superb color combination of a gray hull, white superstructure, and black striping comes into its own.”

Hull and Superstructure Marriage

Adam Lay says:

“Working with the Moonen team on the new Caribbean series Matica has been a wonderful experience. Once the fixed joinery was designed, Kelda – who is also a qualified interior designer – and I set about sourcing and specifying furnishing fabrics together with the owners.”

As experienced owners, the clients had a clear design brief in mind. “Our aim was to incorporate contemporary and cosy elements, with lots of natural light,” they explain. “Adam worked with us to achieve a sense of space defined by clean lines and highlighted by beautiful fabrics and wonderful abstract art. Durability was a major consideration for the fabrics as our teenagers bring lots of friends on board. At the same time, we wanted a modern, calming atmosphere as we intend the yacht to be a place of relaxation.”

Bijoux comes in at just below the 200 GT mark with the maximum volume possible. Her hull is based on the tried and tested Moonen 97, providing comfortable seakeeping and low fuel consumption. A steep bow gives a narrower waterline entrance and a longer waterline, adding to the comfort and fuel economy. The Matica models have a limited draught and well-protected propellers so that they can easily explore shallow waters.

Interview with the owners

Tell us a little about your first season?
It was August before we went sailing in earnest. We started in Malta and came back through Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, Corsica and the south of France. The seakeeping performance of the boat was exemplary and she was very comfortable even when we encountered some fairly big seas. She’s also super-quiet: you never notice the engines being started and it’s always a surprise to find yourself on the move!

The interior works very well too. Our aim with Bijoux was not to have a breathtaking boat inside… We wanted her to be modern but not in a fashionable way that would be out of fashion next year. Designer Adam Lay and the Moonen team did a superb job on creating a welcoming, contemporary and comfortable ambiance. The yacht is fresh, comfortable and a great place to live.

What are your favorite features?
There are so many as Bijoux is exactly how we wanted her. I’m really pleased with the grey-and-white color scheme with key lines of black. The bathing deck and the way the transom folds out to create a huge space and a very neat & sleek stern are great. Our full-beam owners’ suite is really spacious and gives the impression and reality of a big space when you walk in. Bijoux is a real family boat too. The accommodations are just right for us: we have four teenagers and the layout allows us to have guests on board with the kids.

How does the Caribbean line’s ‘fun on the water’ concept work in practice?

The Matica design connects very well to the sea. She has huge windows all around and it’s fantastic to sit in the saloon with nearly 360-degree views. The way that the cockpit and bathing deck work really makes you feel close to the water. And Bijoux has a huge amount of space so that everyone can enjoy their idea of relaxation – the foredeck, the cockpit, the upper decks, the bathing platform, the saloon and the rooms: you never feel on top of each other. As a 100-footer she allows us to go wherever we want and we love going to secluded harbors and exploring the local area. We personally think that the Matica is the prettiest in the Caribbean line, but then we would say that, wouldn’t we!

How has the service been?
Moonen has done a really good job. It feels like a family business and you can tell with the warranty work. We set up what needed doing at the Monaco Yacht Show and, according to the captain, who’s been with the boat throughout the winter, the yard did even more than it originally agreed. That’s a typical example of Moonen’s generosity.

What are your plans for the new season?
We’re starting with the Scandinavian fjords, then going down to Brittany, Portugal, Mallorca, Montenegro and back to Antibes. We won’t be on the boat all the time as passengers, but we do have a full season ahead. The boat will be used by the family pretty much throughout the season and we are excited to see what else Bijoux has in store for us all.