This year’s Monaco Yacht Show saw the Dutch yacht builder, Zeelander present its motor yacht Z164 concept to the visitors and yachting professionals alike. With the running costs of a 30 meter yacht, Zeelander designed and engineered a 50 meter Luxury Explorer, the Z164 superyacht. This innovative yacht is completely designed to provide low cost of ownership, reduced fuel and energy consumption and to excel in the Green Plus RINA Classification.
During a press conference Zeelander owner and Chairman Sietse Koopmans told the attending press, including CharterWorld, the inspiration and motives behind this exciting project. It all started in 2009, when he embarked on his own circumnavigation of the world on board his explorer yacht Zeepaard. This incredible and uplifting journey lasted over 3 years and covered 50,000 miles, visiting 39 countries.
Being Dutch and with an engineering background from the oil industry, Sietse and the Zeelander team designed the yacht to the point of perfection. Taking every aspect of the yacht into consideration, HVAC systems, generators, engines, grey water, cleaning processes for the yacht and down to the smallest light bulb. No stone has been left unturned. Every facet of the Z164 yacht has been engineered to reduce the environment impact and reduce overall running costs.
Zeelander’s historic involvement in noise and vibration control plays an important part in the development of the Z164. The world tour, for which Sietse received the Voyager’s Award at the prestigious 2014 World Superyacht Design Awards, gave him countless experiences and invaluable knowledge which were key in the design of the Z164.
Presenting the Luxury Explorer yacht Z164 to the industry in Monaco at the beginning of May, Global Marketing Director Ylja Venema says; ‘The introduction was a huge success and opened many doors for us. The story around the Z164 is truly amazing and will completely change the world of long distance yacht travel. All the industry professionals we visited were very enthusiastic about the Z164 and praised Zeelander for it’s innovation in this project. For an ambitious and revolutionary company like Zeelander, this is a positive boost!’