Van der Valk Continental have announced a new order for a 27-metre Continental Two motor yacht, with naval architecture by Jaron Ginton and exterior and interior design by Guido de Groot. Construction of the hull is due to start in January, 2016 and the vessel is scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2017.
The owner of the new Continental Two is a passionate and experienced yachtsman with very clear requirements. Van der Valk was a natural choice when it came to the new project, as they boasts a proven track record in accommodating such wide-ranging wishes.
Her aluminium, round-bilged fast displacement hull will have a bulb on the submerged section, extending the waterline. This will make the yacht unique in comparison to other vessels with a traditional hull and improve her performance. The unusually wide beam of 6,72m will offer plenty of space. The yacht will be constructed to Lloyd’s requirements for the construction and welding plan, as well as have a full MCA-MGN-280 Vessel operating Category 2 certification.
One of the main differences in comparison to the other Continental Two yachts, will the flybridge that will not hose the tender, instead it will be entirely devoted to fun and leisure. There will be a u-shaped dining area and a wet bar, as well as a grill and sunbathing area with numerous sun beds. The foredeck will include a large u-shaped settee and sunbed integrated in the superstructure fender storage.
The lazarette will be the main centre when it comes to water fun and enjoyment. This area will host diving equipment and toys, such as Seabobs, as well as a wet space and technical area. A vast bathing platform was specifically requested by the owner based on his previous experience, and will also be the resting place for there tender when not in use. The new CONTINENTAL TWO will boast an Opacmare transformer platform, a multifunctional gangway, a tender lift, and a fold-down platform reaching down to the water.
The vast interior areas will include a U-shaped sofa 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 foredeck. The finish of the new yacht’s interior is still under discussion with the owner leaning towards a minimalist style.
This latest Continental Two will represent the first aluminium yacht in the entire world to be fitted with MAN 1900 V12 engines, which have an impressive maximum capacity of 1900 hp at 2300 rpm. “These are the heaviest, most powerful engines ever supplied by MAN Rollo for a yacht, and have only been available on the market since September 2015,” explains Karel Schuurman, sales manager for marine and industrial application at MAN Rollo. “This is the first time we are selling engines of this calibre.”
The MAN range of light duty engines have a favourable power to weight ratio and compact dimensions, making them extraordinarily well suited for Van der Valk’s fast aluminium motoryachts. Continental Two will also feature a VG120 gyro stabiliser by VEEM, which represents the latest in roll stabilisation and provides additional comfort to guests on board. It deploys multiple smart control algorithms to ensure perfect stabilisation 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 stabilisation is required, saving on power and decreasing noise.
In addition to the new Continental Two, Van der Valk Continental Yachts currently has several other projects under build at its yard. They include two 23-metre Continental Two vessels, a 26-metre Continental Three and a 23.95-metre Continental Four, all due for delivery in 2016. There are also ongoing refit projects on three Continental One yachts in the sizes 15, 17 and 19 metres. The latter is a major refit which includes a new interior, comprehensive exterior including paint job, and updates to technical equipment.