Van der Valk custom 34m expedition yacht Lady Lene takes shape
- Read about how Guido de Groot designed the industrial interior on board the 28.5m Van der Valk explorer yacht Venera.
Commissioned by a repeat client, the all-new design features a "wave-piercing bow" with "giant windows" offering panoramic views and wing stations for easy docking, the yard said. Lady Lene will also be fully wheelchair accessible thanks to an elevator servicing all decks.
Accommodation is for up to 10 guests split between a bridge deck VIP with a balcony and aft terrace, an owner's stateroom on the lower deck and a further single and two double cabins on the same level. Designed to cater to all generations, the yacht is designed to be wheelchair-friendly with an elevator accessing all decks.
A large open plan saloon benefits from high ceilings - a specific requirement from the owners - while all floors are level with no steps or protrusions. Elsewhere, the aft deck doubles as an entertainment area, with dedicated areas for dining and lounging.
The owner's brief was "challenging and adventurous," according to designer Guido de Groot. “We had to start our design by taking into account the very specific interior requirements with respect to height and accessibility. Only once these parameters had been established on the GA could we embark on the exterior design, and the owners also had detailed aesthetic wishes here, too, including a high robust bow combined with soft curved lines."
"There really was no comparable reference point for an elegant explorer like this, which made this a very enjoyable project”, said Groot.
The yacht will be the second Van der Valk construction to feature a hull vane, which was first seen on the 32 metre Jangada. The addition will improve performance and fuel consumption by reducing resistance.