Dutch boatbuilder Van der Valk claims that it latest product line gains interior and exterior spaces by locating the engine room in the same area as the swimming platform.

Van der Valk shipyard in the Netherlands has revealed the first details of its new BeachClub series. The new line of motoryachts boasts a patented-pending concept, which the boatbuilder claims will change the way people see motoryachts in the mid-size range.

The all-aluminium Van der Valk BeachClub line will provide owners and their guests an unrivalled amount of exterior and interior space by locating the engine room in the same area as the swimming platform.

Construction of the hull for BeachClub 600, the first unit of the range, will start in December 2016. The 18.6m yacht is due for launch in 2017.

A new kind of space

“The BeachClub line is the product of many months of research & development with designer Cor D. Rover and Ginton Naval Architects,” explains Van der Valk sales director Patrick Lankhuizen.

Lankhuizen says the aim was to create something that would be genuinely innovative and give clients not only an unprecedented feeling of space but far more space in reality. “Most yacht concepts are focussed on either the exterior or interior volume – our goal was to optimise both,” he adds.

The boatbuilder says it has achieved this by dispensing with the normal engine room and placing the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system in the swimming platform area, where the height is still around 1.6 metres.

This patent protected arrangement makes the most of an aft area of the vessel that is rarely used, freeing up a great deal of volume for interior and exterior facilities.

“As a result the BeachClub line has the same amount of space that is usually found on far bigger yachts,” Lankhuizen says.

The BeachClub line

The BeachClub line will be offered in a range from 18.6m (60 ft). The all-aluminium BeachClub 600 is driven by a twin Volvo Penta IPS-950 drive train boasting a top speed of approximately 24 knots.

Hull #1 BeachClub 600 will feature three main outdoor zones to optimise the “al fresco” lifestyle that many Van der Valk owners enjoy.

The foredeck area spans some 25sq m and offers various layout options. There is a 17sq m cockpit deck with an outside steering position. Last but not least, the beach club aft includes both a smart swimming platform and a sun lounge area within its 14sq m.

Van der Valk has been constructing both steel and aluminium motoryachts since 1968. The family-owned shipyard employs more than 45 craftsmen and is located in Waalwijk, the Netherlands. Its current portfolio of yachts ranges from 15m to 38m and the yard has the capacity to build fully custom designs.