Zeelander Yachts is a leading Dutch builder of luxury motor yachts ranging from 44 to 72 feet in length. Founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Sietse Koopmans, the firm is much heralded for the cutting-edge design and superb craftsmanship evident across their growing fleet.
While Sietse Koopmans is a born sailor, his path to the ownership of a yacht building company was not entirely straight-forward. Growing up in the Netherlands, Koopmans would spend his weekends navigating the waterways, canals and lakes of this low-lying and seafaring nation, before earning his sea legs on the choppy waters of the North Sea. As an adult, Koopmans established a successful engineering firm before graduating to the ownership of his own personal yacht, in which he circumnavigated the globe, covering more than 100,000 nautical miles and visiting 46 countries in the process. To gain a better understanding of boats Koopman then volunteered at a boatbuilding firm, and liked this experience so much that he bought the company, modernized its practices and renamed it. And so Zeelander Yachts was born.
With a factory located on the banks of the picturesque Lek River in the Zeeland province of the Netherlands, Zeelander’s first model, the Z44, was unveiled to the public at the 2008 Monaco Boat Show. The Z44 was characterized by a distinctive European style, but with North American creature comforts and amenities for a truly widespread appeal. Entertaining space was at the heart of the yacht, with a collapsible swimming platform, teak-decked aft and spacious salon making the vessel a superb option for the day-boating crowd. Its ergonomic exterior, almost entirely free of straight lines or right-angles, was fashioned with help from industry titans Cor D Rover and Frank Mulder and was inspired by the graceful profiles of European sports cars like Porsche. This dayboat drew such universal acclaim that in just a few short years more than 30 models were sold to buyers across Europe and, in particular, the United States. Today Zeelander sells so many of their yachts to North American clients that the firm operates a customer service facility in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale to provide better after-care for the Zeelander community.
Perhaps because of Koopmans engineering background, Zeelander yachts are developed utilizing some of the most hi-tech equipment and industrial processes possible. Zeelander has pioneered the use of virtually silent motor systems such as gas turbine generator sets, which also come with the added benefit of much reduced effluent discharge. Similarly, Zeelander models make use of the latest advancements in battery energy storage for increased fuel efficiency, while the firm’s yachts boast S-shaped sheerlines that not only look great but deliver increased stability at sea.
Zeelander’s most recent models include the Z55, launched in 2015, and the firm’s flagship model, the Z72, that debuted in 2019. Yet the firm have ambitions for the production of even larger yachts in the future, such as the Z164, a concept model currently in the embryonic stages of its development. In 2020 Zeelander expanded their shipyard, located a short distance outside the port city of Rotterdam, by some 5,000 square feet, a move that will allow the company to work simultaneously on the construction of five yachts. A recent collaboration with globally renowned Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, meanwhile, ensures that Zeelander Yacht interiors remain as modern and stylish as ever.
Zeelander’s flagship model is a 72-foot work of art. Designed in partnership with Cor D Rover, this sleek yacht boasts sparkling brightwork, a hull finished in water-resistant navy blue paint, and sublime curved edges that glide through the water as swiftly and smoothly as an arrow through the air. Interior spaces include three lower-deck staterooms, including a full-beam master suite at the bow, and a saloon, formal dining room and galley on the main deck. These are tastefully decorated with lacquered mahogany panelling, white leather furnishings, Esthec railing and beige carpeting for a sedate and refined atmosphere. Privacy is guaranteed with the use of windows that tint at the touch of a button, while a good night’s sleep is ensured through the use of noise-minimizing generator equipment. Spacious outdoor entertaining areas on the main deck mean that more than 20 guests can party the night away aboard this yacht, while the extendable swimming platform provides a “Cabana” style beach club aft-deck of 110 square feet. The yacht also features a larger than expected tender garage with plenty of room for your water toys, and can be fitted with rod holders and other fishing accessories for those who want to make this the ultimate adventure yacht. Triple Volvo IPS Penta 950 engines power this vessel to top speeds well in excess of 40 knots, while at pacey cruising speeds of 24 knots the yacht has an enviable oceanic range of 640 nautical miles.
A mid-sized sports cruiser that is sure to turn heads as it glides into the most desirable destination marinas around the world, the Z55 measures some 55 feet in length when the aft swimming platform is fully extended. A free-flowing main deck space boasts an L-shaped sofa to the helm, a kitchen-bar area ideal for entertaining, and a U-shaped sofa to the aft for intimate afternoon gatherings. Two below-deck staterooms and crew quarters for a total occupancy of 5, and a dynamic, curved kitchen bar with full amenities mean that this yacht is ideal for weekend trips around the Caribbean or to the Florida Keys. Decor is neutral and tasteful throughout, with grey oak surrounds, washed teak flooring, veneered composite panelling and stainless-steel fixtures delivering a polished and refined ambiance. A pair of Volvo Penta IPS 1350 engines, and a striking deep-V hull give this yacht power and stability as it races through the waves, with top speeds of up to 42 knots.
The original Zeelander, and the yacht that sealed this innovative firm’s reputation, the Z44 is a compact day yacht that won the title for “World’s Best Superboat” at the 2019 Motor Boat Awards held in London. Though only 44 feet in length, this vessel has the feel and finish of a much larger, and much more expensive, superyacht, with gleaming brightwork and refined detailing delivering the wow factor. The yacht is also a pleasure to ride, with a high bow and double chine providing protection from spray, and twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 engines giving a full throttle top speed of 36 knots. Two below deck, en suite staterooms provide occupancy for four guests, with entertaining likely to take place on the yacht’s large aft deck, equipped with a fitted, U-shaped sofa and collapsible transom that doubles as a bathing platform.
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