Van der Valk presents 33m Project May with 2026 delivery

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Van der Valk presents 33m Project May

8 August 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has teamed up with Guido de Groot and Diana Yacht Design to present a new 33.1-metre motor yacht called Project May. The yacht is designed on the same award-winning platform as Blue Jeans, but sports a tri-deck arrangement instead of a raised pilothouse, meaning more interior space for an owner to enjoy.

The keel of the yacht has already been laid, with Van der Valk calling it an "exciting chance" to commission a new yacht with delivery as early as 2026. 

The shipyard has also said that the all-aluminium yacht still offers plenty of scope for flexibility, with the option for a buyer to add a flybridge and modify the interior layout considerably to suit their liking. The skylounge, for example, is fitted with a bar in the initial proposal but could be transformed into a cigar lounge, movie room or children's play area. 

Currently, the accommodation arrangement is spread across four cabins composed of two VIP cabins and two twin guest cabins, plus a full-beam owner's suite that offers private access to the split-level foredeck and has its own unfolding side balcony. Further accommodation sleeps a crew of five.

Meanwhile, Guido de Groot has proposed a contemporary colour palette, modular furniture and curving lines on the interior to create an "ambience that is simultaneously cosy and spacious". 

Van der Valk said: "Guido would welcome the chance to sit down with you and take this design to the next level… or of course start with a blank canvas for your own ideas."

Project May can be installed with a hydraulically operated swim platform that can be lowered below sea level to offer easy access to the water, as well as launching and recovering a tender. 

Other al fresco highlights include the upper deck, where there is a four-person spa pool and seating area surrounding a table and sun loungers.

The 133 GT yacht has been envisioned with a twin MTU propulsion package that generates top speeds of 23 knots and a cruising speed of 18.4 knots.

Van der Valk has two other 30-metre-plus projects currently on their books: Project Samba and Project 111.11. They are currently in build, while Project May awaits a buyer to resume construction. 

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