DRIVEN BY PERFECTION
YACHT BUILDING IS AN ART FORM
Zeelander yachts has developed a completely new model, the Z72. She was launched in March 2019 and is now the Zeelander flagship. With her platform extended she is 22 meters, making her the largest Zeelander ever. The Zeelander in-house design team created the exterior of the yacht in collaboration with Cor D. Rover. “Whilst keeping true to the iconic shape, the Zeelander design has evolved”, says Sietse Koopmans, founder and chairman of Zeelander Yachts. “An S-Shaped deck line, a wider stern and even more curved surfaces. The exterior design was inspired by the way Porsche has incrementally evolved its designs over time. A legendary icon is what we envision for the Z72. We believe true yacht building is a form of art. This is the epitome of our craft. ”
THE EVOLUTION OF TIMELESS DESIGN
Zeelander Yachts approach to the design is unique. We actively involve current owners in the development process of future models. This was the case with the Z72. “One of our closest customers loves a good party”, explains Floris Koopmans, Marketing Coordinator at Zeelander Yachts. “In order to accommodate more of his guests, we collaboratively looked at the designs of the yacht and developed something that fulfilled all of his wishes. That’s how the Z72 was born.”
TASTEFUL AT EVERY CURVE
Indeed, the Z72 is much bigger than the previous flagship, the Z55, as it blends stylish appearance with some truly unique superyacht features. The new model’s length is 20.2 meters and it surpasses 22 meters with a large swimplatform open, while her beam measures 6 meters. There is plenty of deck space and she hits the home- run on Zeelander owners’ priorities – a comfortable, luxurious and family – friendly boat that complies with the latest standards. The interior design of the Z72 is made entirely by the Zeelander Yachts in-house team. Just like her smaller sister, she has a sophisticated décor, huge panoramic windows and vast social areas for the best possible guest experience on board. The shipyard’s creations epitomise not just style, but power too. The Z72 carries the same sporty DNA as the earlier models of the brand. Her top speed exceeds 40 knots.
Length overall: 72.4 feet / 22.07 meters
Length with platform closed: 66.5 feet / 20.26 meters
Beam: 19.7 feet / 6 meters
Draft: 4.9 feet / 1.5 meters
Weight (dry): 99.0000 lbs / 42 T
Fuel capacity: 1.373 USG / 5200 liters
Fresh water capacity: 396 USG / 1500 liters
Waste capacity: 105 USG / 400 liters
Design category: CE-A
Propulsion: 3x Volvo Penta IPS 950 (IPS 1050, IPS 1200 And IPS 1350 optional)
propeller: Volvo Penta Duo Prop P2
Maximum speed: 40+ knots
Range @ cruising: 680 Nm @ 24 knots with IPS 950
Hull material: GRP, vinylester vacuum infused
Generator: Cummins Onan 21.5kW @ 120V / 19kW @ 240V
Electric system: 120 VAC/60 Hz or 240 VAC/50Hz
Exterior design: Cor D. Rover / Zeelander Yachts
Interior design: Zeelander Yachts
REDEFINING CUTTING EDGE
Zeelander Yachts was founded in 2002 in the Netherlands by Sietse Koopmans. This tireless entrepreneur and inveterate sailor had decided to create a sports cruiser design driven by boating experience alone. The yachts he had in mind would redefine the edge in cutting, using the highest quality materials inside and out.
Then as now, all other motorboats available in the 40- to 70-foot size range were spacey and multifunctional. The Zeelander concept was much more specific. The boat had to be composed of curved surfaces so that, regardless of which angle the sun shined on the hull, you’d see something new and inviting. Zeelander yachts would be a timeless icon for wealthy individuals who were prepared to invest in the very, very best.
PROVEN IN PRACTICE
The first fruits of this approach were finally unveiled to the public in 2008. The launch model Z44 received positive critique at the Monaco Yacht Show and drew enormous crowds despite being at an event dominated by much larger yachts.
In the years that followed, more than thirty Z44s were sold, bucking the trend at a time of economic recession. Owners consistently praised their Zeelanders for being a piece of art, while totally immersing themselves in the quiet and super-comfortable ride.
Within three years the yachts had been successfully introduced to the US market as well as Europe. After the commercial success of the Z44, it was an obvious direction for Zeelander Yachts to add a larger model to the fleet. The first Z55 was delivered to her delighted owner in November 2015. The Z72 was launched in march 2019 and is now the Zeelander flagship.
Having set this tall order, the next five years were devoted to research and development. A list of ambitious characteristics were incorporated into the prototype, such as phenomenal seakeeping, industry-low noise and vibrations levels, minimal maintenance, low cost of ownership and easy handling. All this and more was to be part of a boat constructed with premium quality materials and a superior finish.
Together with the award-winning designer Cor D. Rover, the Zeelander team pushed the boundaries of yacht design through innovative and revolutionary engineering. Nothing was left to chance as they worked on combining a fantastic performance with the smoothest ride, the finest luxuries with the best possible equipment – and all this in an aesthetic jacket that would instantly capture the hearts of HNWIs.