New 26m Raised Pilothouse close to completion
Progress is being made at the Van der Valk yard on a new 26m motoryacht in the Raised Pilothouse line. With delivery scheduled for later this year, the owners of Helga are looking forward to embarking on a maiden season of adventures in the Mediterranean region in 2021.
The fifth Raised Pilothouse model has been created as a family superyacht for the owners and their adult children. Like all boats in this range, the layout and interior are fully customised to the clients’ specific preferences and requirements.
The interior for Helga revolves around the clients’ choice for a layout with a spacious main salon and large seating area in the wheelhouse, with a galley forward. The decision to place the dining facilities in the wheelhouse frees up space in the saloon.
“This project illustrates once again the versatility of the Raised Pilothouse concept,” says designer Guido de Groot. “Owners have tremendous freedom to establish a set-up and style that completely matches their tastes and the way they intend to use the yacht. For Helga we explored in depth the various options for the interior, including the staircase leading up to the wheelhouse. This highly visible part of the yacht was the subject of various design iterations until the owners were totally satisfied. It is a genuine pleasure to see clients become so involved in this way.”
The owners also made a series of modifications to the exterior, especially in relation to fine detailing. Examples include the transom gate doors and a range of additional stainless steel work in the aft swimming platform area. The large flybridge – always a very popular location on these yachts – has been optimised for the al fresco life and will house a rowing boat for off-boat adventures.
Another choice that owners have with the Raised Pilothouse is between a Volvo Penta IPS system with counter-rotating, forward-facing propellers or a shaft-driven propulsion system. The owners of Helga have opted for twin 12-cylinder MTU engines, giving an estimated top speed of 27 knots.