Zeelander to Build its Fastest Yacht Ever


Zeelander Yachts, the Dutch shipyard that creates high-end motor yachts with an elegant New York commuter styled profile, is set to launch the flagship 17-metre model Z55 with a revolutionary engines combination.

At the Zeelander Yachts’ shipyard in the Netherlands, a new 55-foot hull has arrived and the crew started working on a special project. The client’s brief was plain and simple.  He wanted the fastest Zeelander ever built.

With a top speed of 42 knots, that is what he will get!

The launch of this small superyacht is expected in the summer of 2018. This new game-changing Zeelander Z55 will be equipped with two of the most powerful engines in the Volvo Penta IPS range, the IPS1350. Both 12.8L in-line 6-cylinder D13 engines will generate 2.000 Hp.

In order to install the new motors, the yard has further increased the hull strength around the engine room and additional lamination thickness from bow to midship according to new strength calculations

Zeelander Yachts have specifically hired a consulting company to make the new yacht as quiet as possible. After a review, the engineers added additional rubber matting to the chine, and the engine room insulation has been upgraded to a mega yacht level. All pumps and motors are mounted double flexible, which is far beyond the level seen on this size of vessels.

A gyro stabiliser is mounted semi-flexible to avoid structural transmitted noises. Special attention was paid to the balance of the engine. Sea trials have proved the implementations successful.

Zeelander has used the IPS engines since Volvo Penta first started building the, The successful cooperation that started in 2004 has even become more powerful, and will now see the creation of one of the first yachts in the Netherlands powered with a twin Volvo Penta IPS-1350.

The yacht is equipped with a large seven square metre swim platform complete with a bar and a swim ladder. It is easily accessible from the main deck. A fast 100-Hp Williams tender is stored in the garage to play and help the owner and guests explore the coasts to the maximum along with two Seabobs.

The main deck is a big social area without steps with a length of 10 metres and width of 4 metres measured from the helm to the very end of the swim platform. It has a real bar with a set of chairs in front of a fully equipped kitchen on the opposite side.

Costing 2,420,200 euros, to build, the yacht has a very comfortable ride. The cruising speed is 34 knots but she can cruise at any speed the owner feels comfortable with. The actual fuel consumption per mile only varies 8% between the moments you plane and reach the maximum speed of 42 knots!

Delivery is scheduled for the summer 2018.