on 20 Apr 2023
With a maximum speed of 40 knots, Dutch boutique boating brand Zeelander Yachts has debuted its new New Zeelander 5, the latest addition to its line of sports cruisers.
The brand’s quietest boat to date, the new Zeelander 5 is a natural development of the successful Z44, presenting a more contemporary look. The curvaceous Zeelander silhouette is still instantly recognisable, but compared to the Z44, the shearline is more voluptuous than ever, and now follows an elongated ‘S’ shape. The yacht features bigger windows in the wheelhouse and in the hull.
The shipyard has succeeded in eliminating mullions altogether around the helm, for true, unencumbered 360-degree vision. The beautifully sculpted wheelhouse can now be fully enclosed with a door and window, or opened up to a refreshing breeze, making her as suitable for cool climates as for warm.
The Zeelander 5 offers effortless 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 4ft of hull length has been put to striking effect in the generous master cabin, with its separate shower and head. Peerless interior styling of the yacht can be fully personalised or owners can choose from four carefully curated moodboards.
“Even the rarest and most beautiful products evolve over time, and the Zeelander 5 is a case in point,” says 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. Our yachts will be just as recognisable in one hundred years’ time as they are now – that is the true definition of a design icon. We have learned from our owners. 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.”
The Zeelander 5 has a maximum speed of 40 knots courtesy of three Volvo Penta IPS-650 drives and at the same time manages to be 2dBA quieter than its predecessor. There is also the option of installing a Seakeeper 6 gyro stabiliser.
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