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Lady Lene: Van der Valk reveals interiors of 34m expedition yacht

23 November 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

Van de Valk has revealed the interior details of its recently-launched 34m expedition yacht Lady Lene for the first time.

Credit: Van der Valk

The custom 34 metre "explorer-type" motor yacht was commissioned by a repeat client and designed by Guido de Groot YachtDiana Yacht Design and Ginton Naval Architects. She features a "wave-piercing bow" with "giant windows" offering panoramic views and wing stations for easy docking, the yard said.

The interior, designed in collaboration with Carla Guilhem, is Art Deco-inspired, according to the yard. This manifests in features particular to the 1920s and 1930s, including curved walls, fluted wood and metal touches in champagne gold. The effect is a "calm, timeless and welcoming" space, notes Guilhem.

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 colour scheme throughout is neutral with touches of grey and white. "Our main materials were oak, georgette marble, a lot of leather and suede, and some metal touches," explains Guilhem. 

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.

Powered by two MAN 1650hp engines and equipped with a fast-displacement round bilge hull, Lady Lene can reach a top speed of 18 knots and cruises comfortably at 14 knots.

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