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Video: Van der Valk 28m explorer Venera completes sea trials

3 December 2020

Van der Valk's third 28.5 metre compact explorer Venera has been captured undertaking sea trials in the North Sea. 

The yacht hit a maximum speed of 21 knots on the trials in November. The yacht is now approaching delivery to its owners, which is scheduled to take place in spring. 

This 28.5 metre all-aluminium design, which was developed in collaboration with Guido de Groot Design, Diana Yacht Design and Ginton Naval Architects, follows on from the 25 metre Dutch Falcon and the 37 metre Santa Maria T.

Key features include a superyacht sundeck that is entirely dedicated to leisure, with no flybridge helm station to get in the way of al fresco entertainment. Instead, guests will be able to relax around a large dining table to port or on the compact L-shaped settee while enjoying a drink from the adjacent bar area.

Image courtesy of Van der Valk

Elsewhere, the main deck aft will be fitted with a removable hardtop awning and a whirlpool tub flanked by sunpads. This area can be easily converted to store a Jet Ski and many more water toys, which will be launched via a davit crane with a maximum lifting capacity of 800kg.

Accommodation is for up to ten guests split between five staterooms, including a main deck owner’s suite, two VIP doubles and two twin cabins, while the aft crew quarters is suitable for a staff of up to four people.

Power will come from a pair of 1,650hp MAN V12 diesel engines for a top speed of 20 knots and comfortable cruising at 17 knots. The total fuel capacity of 22,000 litres should ensure a globetrotting cruising range.

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