Van der Valk Shipyard confirms custom-built yacht

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has confirmed another new assignment: Project Capella, a custom explorer due to launch in spring 2023.

Specific requirements on the 23.55m motoryacht range from a steel hull and heavy-duty engines to an open-plan main deck and toys.

The clients “started out with a detailed briefing that could be fully taken into account during the design and development stage,” says Van der Valk’s general manager Bram Kooltjes. “The family is personally involved in the everyday decisions that can make a difference to their inner wellbeing when on the yacht. Project Capella has a distinctly masculine and rugged look while also taking inspiration from previous Van der Valk successes such as Seawolf – they loved her hardtop, now with straight windows – and the stern area of Venera.”

The owners were determined from the outset to have a round-bilged steel hull with a bulbous bow.

She will be fitted with heavy duty industrial engines. RCD 2 approval was another requirement and twin MAN engines will provide the desired 1800 rpm. To ensure privacy on the odd occasions when Project Capella is operated by crew, a separate access point to the two cabins below deck has been provided.  

She sleeps eight people in a master, VIP and two guest suites with twin beds that can convert to doubles.

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