Hakvoort takes order for a 63.30m Explorer Yacht

Hakvoort, in close cooperation with Moran Yacht & Ship, have announced the sale of a 63.30m motor yacht, the largest superyacht built to date by the dutch shipyard.

Designed by René van der Velden and by Diana Yacht Design for the naval architecture, this yacht, currently known under the project name "Zeus", will have a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure.

She will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3512C engines giving a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 12.5 knots. She will also have a 5,000 nautical miles range at 12 knots.

The owner who has a longstanding relationship with René van der Velden asks some very specific requirements.

 “He was very keen that the yacht should not be a repeat of anything else that is currently afloat but something genuinely fresh and bold,” explains Van der Velden. “The owner admires a type of styling called streamlining, which was especially popular in the 1930s and 40s. A streamliner is a vehicle or vessel given a specific shape that reduces air resistance: Examples include the famous ferry Kalakala and the record-breaking car Bluebird. This is the first time streamlining has been so clearly integrated into the design of a superyacht.”

A crucial part of the layout brief was the location of the tenders. “The owner has a lot of experience and knows how difficult large tenders can be to launch,” Van der Velden continues. “Seeking a very practical solution we chose to place two nine-metre tenders on the main deck. As this eats into a lot of prime real estate, we have skipped the traditional saloon, dedicating the main deck to the owner’s quarters, galley and captain’s cabin. This has freed space on the deck above for pure socialising.”

The delivery is scheduled for Spring 2017.

Photos: Courtesy of Hakvoort Shipyard / René van der Velden