The groundbreaking Zeelander Z72 is the shipyard’s new flagship
Monday, April 1, 2019 2:42 PM
Zeelander Yachts is a leading Dutch shipyard that creates high- end motor yachts with an elegant New York commuter - style profile and excellent performance.
Zeelander Yachts is specialized in building small superyachts. During the last 15 years, the shipyard has been bringing the highest degree in design, function and construction detail. Years of experience combined with the needs of today are behind the development of the newest and largest member in the Zeelander family.
The Z72 is an exceptional flagship that combines superyacht design features and finish levels with Zeelander’s noteworthy profile.
The Z72 continues the trend begun by Zeelander Yachts showing off her curves. Each new yacht from this builder initially makes a splash with her exterior lines and the Z72 is no exception, with a striking S - shaped sheerline. The distinctive rounded stern unfolds invitingly to reveal a spacious 100 square feet swim platform. An understated bowrail shadows the sheer for the length of the yacht. Three pairs of extremely large hullside windows punctuate the curvaceous hull. They illuminate the belowdecks accommodations, as well as subtle, flush - finished superyacht features, such as a boarding door and a side - entry garage that fits a tender and a waverunner. The superstructure has a raked, curving windshield and distinctively framed side windows, topped by a coachroof with a finely drawn grabrail.
THE EXTERIOR LOOK
The exterior design look of the Z72 is developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover. Rover also contributed to the design of the bestsel ler model so far for the yard -
the Zeelander Z44. “An S - Shaped deck line, a wider stern and even more curved surfaces,” said Floris Koopmans, Marketing Coordinator at Zeelander Yachts . “ We believe true yacht building is a form of art: Whilst keeping true to the iconic shape, the Zeelander design has evolved.
A legendary icon, an evolution of timeless design is what we envision for the Z72. ”The 72 - foot (22 - meter) LOA gives the design a bit more room to breathe, with even more pronounced curves. This yacht is undoubtedly a Zeelan der, but something wholly new as well.
INTERIORS BY THE ZEELANDER IN - HOUSE TEAM
The Zeelander in - house team created the interior design of the Z72. The company takes a unique approach to yacht design, actively involving owners of its yacht in the discussi on about models under development. This allows Zeelander to get a better sense of how active boaters use their boats, and about specific features and design elements.
“Owners of Zeelander Yachts know what they like,” Floris Koopmans said.“
When they share their experiences, we know that no one has a better sense of how the boats are used. That discussion has led the way to the Z72. ”
Huge expanses of glass surround the entire enclosed space of the deckhouse, which encompasses the helm area forward, backing up to a large dining table. At the aft end is a roomy, functional U - shaped galley. The coachroof overhead has a broad sunroof to brighten the table.“
We have made the boat very open, spacious and airy, so you always have the feeling that you are outside at sea. A very large convertible sunroof and a retractable aft sliding window gives the Z72 the appeal of a cabriolet, without limitations”, adds Koopmans.
The helm console consists of an angled, ergonomic pod on centreline with glass - bridge electronicna vigation displays. A wide bench seat accommodates the skipper and companions with virtually uninterrupted 360 - degree lines of sight thanks to the large windshield, huge windows with narrow
mullions, and the elevated position of the helm deck. The companion way stairs curl invitingly down to the lower deck from the starboard side of the helm.
The dining table is directly abaft the helm bench and keeps even more companions close by. A wide settee aft and a two - seat bench to port serve the table. The table its elf is sculpted with curved sides, a surface inlaid with hardwood, and it sits on the same elevated deck as the helm station. The helm bench converts at anchor to face aft, to allow additional table seating, a Zeelander tradition. The dining table sits on automated multi - position pedestals that will allow it to lower and accept a filler cushion to serve as an additional guest berth.
The galley is at the aft end of the interior to serve the dining table and the cockpit equally well. The counters offer a sub tle twist on the U - shaped galley, still handy for the cook to lean against for safe meal prep in a seaway, but with a gentle curve to help accentuate the Zeelander feel. There are copious stowage in numerous lockers, and high - end appliances.