New Zeelander 5 to make world debut at Palm Beach Boat Show 2023

Zeelander 5

Zeelander Yachts is presenting the latest addition to its line of sportscruisers, the Zeelander 5, at the Palm Beach Boat Show, which takes place 23-26 March 2023. The vessel will be moored at Palm Harbor Marina during the show.

The new Zeelander 5 is a development of the successful Z44 with an updated exterior design. The boatbuilder says the shearline is ‘more voluptuous than ever’ on the new yacht, and now follows an elongated ‘S’ shape. The 14.7m yacht features bigger windows in the wheelhouse and in the hull.

The Dutch shipyard has eliminated mullions altogether around the helm for ‘unencumbered 360-degree vision’. The beautifully sculpted wheelhouse can now be fully enclosed with a door and window or opened up to a breeze.

Zeelander 5

“Even the rarest and most beautiful products evolve over time, and the Zeelander 5 is a case in point,” says Zeelander founder and owner Sietse Koopmans. “The brand’s timeless aesthetic remains as appealing as ever, but we have had the opportunity to reimagine what that means. At the end of this repositioning process, we will have one exceptional product available in different sizes.”

The Zeelander 5 offers easy boarding through doors in the bulwarks, a new sunpad on the foredeck, and a bathing platform that is almost twice as big compared to the Z44. The extra four feet of hull length has been applied to the master cabin, with its separate shower and head.

“We have learned from our owners,” continued Koopmans. “Dozens of small improvements and a few bigger strides forward have combined to give the Zeelander 5 improved functionality in the service of a refined, timeless character.”

Zeelander 5

The Zeelander 5 has a maximum speed of 40 knots thanks to three Volvo Penta IPS-650 drives and is said to be 2dBA quieter than its predecessor. There is also the option of installing a Seakeeper 6 gyro stabiliser.

In January 2023, MIN reported that Zeelander Yachts has added 40 per cent to its capacity, as it gears up for increased production this year. Zeelander says it has also completed a successful recruitment drive to enlarge its skilled workforce by 45 per cent. The new staff are supporting the extension of the yard itself, which has been able to grow on land adjacent to the waterside site in Groot-Ammers, the Netherlands.

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