A closer look at Van der Valk’s latest raised pilothouse model Blue Jeans

7 May 2021· Ria Wolstenholme

Blue Jeans, as its name might suggest, is a vision of casual comfort at sea. Pairing a sporty exterior with a military edge, Van der Valk’s latest raised pilothouse model was designed for an owner looking for laid-back luxury in a 33 metre package.

The all-aluminium yacht is a custom build for a client in the Far East with entertainment at its very core. Designed as the perfect summertime host for friends and family, Blue Jeans has something special in store for every generation of guest that steps aboard.

Guido de Groot’s exterior drawings are matched with an interior concept that offers casual comfort without compromise. At the heart the action lies a large main saloon, which serves as a central space for guests to gather, complete with a bar, lounge and an interior dining area for when the weather takes a turn. A circular capstan table can be doubled in size in a matter of seconds to accommodate a large party for family-style lunches, or kept small as a games table for light, daytime entertainment.

Two drop-down balconies – one on each side – offer unhindered views while dining, but also double as a diving platform where guests can launch themselves into the water below to cool off on a hot day. Its interior layout is well thought out too, with an extra bathroom and shower on this level for those who are “unable to resist a quick dip but don’t want to return to their cabin below to change,” the yard said. And for those brave enough, a third retractable dive board is integrated into the flybridge bulwark above.

After a day out on the water, guests seeking a quiet moment on board can head to a recessed “chill-out zone” in the forepeak, concealed from view by a raised bow, before the evening’s antics begin. “A pop-up table will be receded flush into the deck here and, when raised, people can sit with their legs inside the vacated space,” the yard said.

While Blue Jeans falls into the mid-sized range of superyachts, the design offers a generous amount of space, with high ceilings for a surprisingly voluminous vessel that impresses both inside and out. Accommodation is for eight guests split between an owner’s suite, two VIP cabins and a twin stateroom, with a crew of four.

The hull under construction

Other highlights include twin 2600hp engines for a top speed of 28 knots, and a Carbon Craft CC130 turbojet tender, stored widthways in an aft garage to facilitate a large engine room.

Blue Jeans is the first Van der Valk superyacht sold to the Far East and marks an important step for the Dutch shipyard as it continues to attract a growing global clientele.

With construction well underway, Blue Jeans is slated for delivery in 2022, just in time to enjoy a lengthy summer season. Blue Jeans will join Van der Valk’s line up of raised pilothouse models including 26 metre Nicostasia, 32 metre Jaganda and its new Pilot range from the boards of Cor D. Rover Design.