Meet the designer

Datum: 3 januari 2019

Meet the designer

Cor. D Rover talks about the first two Van der Valk BeachClub yachts
Excellent progress is being made on the first two motoryachts in our innovative BeachClub range. The BeachClub 600 will be launched in Q1 2019, after which she’ll tour the major boat shows and be available for sea trials. The first BeachClub 660 Flybridge has already been sold and will be delivered next July. Small wonder that designer Cor D. Rover is so enthusiastic with how things are going.

“It’s been tremendous to see the design coming to life in these first two yachts,” he says. “The propulsion solution and swimming platform aft create an incredible beach club space that strikes the perfect balance between safety and being as close to the water as possible. The connection with the ocean will be phenomenal and the size and flexibility of this area is amazing. It can accommodate lots of toys and invites hours of lounging at anchor surrounded by beautiful scenery. Depending on the weather, you can even spend the night in the beach club. The feeling of light and space is simply astounding.”

Endless possibilities
“Another radical innovation is the elimination of a full-height collision bulkhead reaching all the way to the main deck,” Cor continues. “We have instead fitted a partial bulkhead, which allowed us to enhance the connection to the ocean all the way through to the owners’ suite in the bow. This has given a fantastic open feel throughout the lower deck that is further enhanced by the big windows.
“In the interior you can go straight from the owners’ suite to the aft salon without going up or down more than two stairs, and through to the swimming platform in just three steps. This is especially convenient for clients with reduced mobility – it’s possible to live downstairs and spend your time at the water’s edge without ever going up to the wheelhouse.”
As you’d expect from Van der Valk, the BeachClub yachts allow for extensive customisation. You can choose between four standard interior styles that Cor has developed – Ibiza, Sardegna, Mallorca and Corse – or bring in an interior designer of your own choosing.
A bold approach
Cor is keen to stress the importance of the close partnership with the yard and Ginton Naval Architects. “As a designer, you have to strike the right balance between pushing the envelope and realising something useful and practical. Jaron Ginton has been invaluable in communicating with the class societies and helping us define the limits of the possible. And I’ve loved working with Van der Valk, where everyone is so committed to making the best boat possible at a very interesting price in this size range.”
Work will start very soon on the hull of a second BeachClub 660. If you’re interested in being part of this space-changing yachting revolution yourself, please contact us.

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