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Van der Valk begins construction on 34m custom motor yacht Project 111.11

13 September 2023 • Written by Holly Margerrison

Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has begun construction on a custom, 34.1-metre motor yacht known as Project 111.11. Delivery is slated for Q3, 2024. 

Project 111.11 is being built for experienced owners, who have spent more than three decades on the water. They have been heavily involved with the design process, with Guido de Groot responsible for the functional exterior design and Carla Guilhem taking charge of the interior.

Van der Valk begins construction on Project 111.11

The owners initially requested a slightly larger yacht from the shipyard, but a compromise was reached to hit "Van der Valk’s sweet spot for a slightly smaller size". Van der Valk’s head of sales, Yoeri Bijker, explained that the owners’ brief was to "blend their own design with a proven hull form”.

The result is a full displacement superyacht utilising the same hull design of award-winning Lady Lene, which acts as a platform for a fully custom superstructure with four decks. 

Defined by its straight lines, Project 111.11 showcases forward facing angles and has large windows on the lower deck. Lowered bulwarks will also allow light to flood the vessel and provide panoramic views.

Project 111.11's interiors will utilise her impressive volume and accommodation will be for a party of up to 10 across five staterooms, including a full-beam master on the main deck with a walk-in wardrobe. The style has evolved since the initial plans, "shift[ing] away from organic shapes and towards imperfect geometric forms", according to Guilhem.

“We have opted for a futuristic feel with super-smooth rounded shapes and a monochrome look with trims and frames that emphasise the neutral colours," she added. 

The configuration revolves around entertaining large groups of people and therefore will feature a sky lounge, a main deck saloon and a multifunctional beach club-cum-sports-garage.

In order to free up space in the aft area, a chase boat, rather than an onboard tender, will accompany the vessel. This provides space for a fold-out platform and a lazarette area with room to store jet-skis and a gym.

Power will derive from a pair of Volvo Penta 750hp engines and will deliver top speeds of 14.4 knots.

Project 111.11 will join the yard's slightly larger 35-metre custom model under construction, Project Samba, which is being built with a fast-displacement hull.

Read More/Van der Valk signs orders for 34m and 35m custom projects

The Van der Valk yard has enjoyed considerable success in relation to its 25 to 45-metre range recently and won a World Superyachts Award for the 34-metre Blue Jeans.

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