Van der Valk introduces Continental Five series 38m explorer yacht concept
by Simon Hardie
Van der Valk has revealed a new 38 metre explorer yacht concept, the first from its Continental Five range. The Continental Five is the fifth series in the Van der Valk range of semi-custom motor yachts and has been developed in partnership with Guido de Groot.
The Dutch yard has had notable success with the first four distinctive series and now looks to expand its range as the global demand for explorer yachts increases. The Continental Five is designed to manage extreme weather conditions and will have a transatlantic range – enabling it to travel to those more out of the way destinations.
Designer Guido de Groot has been working with Van der Valk for several years as the yard has increased its presence in the superyacht sector. He said “the Continental Five is the largest design to be unveiled to date and we are especially proud of the flexible layout possibilities of this 38 metre yacht.”
The new model is offered with a range of exterior designs across the triple-deck configuration. This flexibility allows owners to choose the features that are most important to them. For example the wide aft deck is designed to accommodate two tenders and water toys or a helicopter deck or a swimming pool.
The standard arrangement sun deck has a wet bar, lounge seating and a large sunbed. The large outside area on the bridge deck can be used as an alfresco lounge or dining space.
The main deck interior features a large saloon with floor-to ceiling glass as well as a spacious master suite forward. A VIP and two further guest cabins on the lower deck provide accommodation for up to eight guests while three crew cabins provide space for five or six crew.
Owners can also choose from two different construction methods: either a full displacement version with steel hull and aluminium superstructure or a fast displacement hull built completely from aluminium. Twin CAT C18 Acert diesel engines will provide the necessary power to reach an estimated top speed of 14.2 knots.