Continental Three yacht Forum delivered by Van Der Valk
by Chris Jefferies
This 26 metre flybridge yacht boasts exterior styling by long-time yard collaborator Guido De Groot and rides on a fast planing hull with naval architecture developed in-house.
Based in the Baltic Sea, Forum was designed to have an air draught of less than six metres to allow her to safely pass under low bridges. This was achieved by fitting a mast that can be lowered hydraulically.
Key features on the upper deck include an American-style barbecue and grill as well as a bar, upper helm station, pantry, sunpads and two L-shaped settees that can be merged to create a large lounging area.
Moving inside and the décor was developed by the in-house team at Van Der Valk Shipyard working closely with one of the owner’s representatives. The saloon will be used for hosting business meetings, but can also be converted to host informal meals.
The main dining area is situated on the aft deck, while the on-board galley features easy access to the lower deck storage and freezer room. Accommodation is for up to ten guests split between four en-suite staterooms, including a main-deck owner's cabin, two VIPs and a twin cabin with pullman berths. Meanwhile, the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to three people.
Power comes from a pair of 1,502hp MTU 10V2000 M93 engines, which allow for a cruising speed of 18 knots, topping out at 23 knots. Naiad hydraulic fin stabilisers will ensure a smooth cruising experience.
Other projects recently completed by the Dutch yard include the 23 metre flybridge yacht Valencia, which is another summer 2017 delivery.