Van der Valk announces new order for 27 metre Continental Two motor yacht
The all-aluminium, round-bilged fast displacement hull will feature a bulb on the submerged section, extending the waterline. This will set the yacht apart from vessels with a traditional hull and improve performance. The yacht will have Lloyd’s approval for the construction and welding plan, as well as full MCA-MGN-280 Vessel operating Category 2 certification.
In a significant departure from previous Continental Two builds, the flybridge will not be home to the tender but instead be entirely devoted to fun and leisure. It will feature a U-shaped dining area and a wet bar as well as a grill and sunbathing area. The foredeck will comprise a U-shaped settee and sunbed integrated in the superstructure fender storage.
The pleasures to be found in the water will be the focus of the large lazarette which will house diving equipment and toys, including Seabobs, as well as a wet space and technical area. A large bathing platform was specifically requested by the owner based on his previous experiences, and will also be the resting place for the tender when not in use. The yacht will also feature an Opacmare transformer platform, a multifunctional gangway, a tender lift, and a fold-down platform reaching down to the water.
The interior layout will comprise a U-shaped settee on the aft deck, an owners’ stateroom, a VIP suite and two guest cabins, as well as a V-shaped cabin for two crew members in the forepeak. The finish of the new yacht’s interior is still under discussion, with the owner leaning towards a minimalist style.
This Continental Two will be the first aluminium yacht to be fitted with MAN 1900 V12 engines, which have a maximum capacity of 1900hp at 2300rpm. She will have a maximum speed of 29 knots and a cruising speed of 23 knots.
The new Continental Two will also feature a VG120 gyro stabilizer by VEEM, which deploys multiple smart control algorithms to ensure optimal stabilization in a wide range of conditions, as well as safe operation in choppy seas and at high speeds. An innovative economical mode of operation automatically reduces flywheel rpm when less stabilization is required, saving on power and decreasing noise.
Construction of the hull will start in January and the yacht is slated for delivery in the spring of 2017.