Yacht owners involved in design process of new Z55 corniche
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:21 AM
Zeelander Yachts, a leading Dutch shipyard that creates high-end motor yachts with an elegant New York commuter styled profile, have staged the 2018 Rhine Wine & Dine - the very first dedicated event for the current owners to have their support on the design evolution of the next generation of Zeelander models.
During the rendezvous, a number of owners of Zeelander Z44 boats gathered on the Rhine River and travelled along as a fleet through enchanting and calm German spring scenery. Most importantly, they discussed the initial drawings of the next model in the Zeelander range - Z55 Corniche, with the design and sales teams. The owners gave their valuable inputs on how to develop and maximise improvements of the concept and make it even more attractive, functional and beautiful.
“We have always listened to owners’ feedback, but have never involved them in a way like we are now”, said Leonardo van den Berg, Commercial Director at Zeelander Yachts.“We used to ask for feedback on their own product. Now we are reaching out to our customers all over the world to involve them with the development. That’s fairly unique for the whole industry.”
Zeelander Yachts’ largest market is the United States but the shipyard is very active in Europe too, with a focus on the French Côte d’Azur. That is why it was decided to give the new project Corniche a more modern South of France appeal. The name comes from the amazing famous seaside road that runs from luxurious resort of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat to Monaco. It is relaxing, yet spectacular – just like the new model should be. The yacht is going to be an exciting cabriolet version of the 17-meter flagship Z55. The shipyard will consider the owners’ feedback from the Rhine event and implement it in the design, interior solutions, materials, etc. As a semi-custom builder, Zeelander can even make changes during the production, which is a big plus.
The current range of Zeelander Yachts includes two models, Z44 and flagship Z55. The Z44 is an instantly recognizable cruiser with a modern twist and powerful motor, capable of reaching 36 knots, panoramic views and spacious interior with one or two cabins.
The Z55 is the ideal step-up from the 44-footer, offering even roomier cockpit and three cabins. After the presentation in 2017, Zeelander’s largest model to date immediately received strong demand from owners and acclaims from expert luxury yachting community.
Overall Zeelander Yachts have built and sold over 30 semi-custom yachts, most of them on the US market. However, there is growing interest in these elegant boats in other areas of the world.
Full details of the new Z55 Corniche along with specifications, pricing and renderings are to be released end of May 2018.