Custom-Yacht Delivered in Six Months

Imagine taking delivery of a 78-foot semi-custom trawler-style yacht in half a year. Van der Valk Shipyard, in the Netherlands, offers this capability via its exciting new series of fast displacement motoryachts designed for the yard by Guido de Groot. The all-aluminum construction, which is built to MCA approval, offers a four-stateroom layout plus accommodations for three crew. Wood, stone, fabric or leather is available and an extensive list of equipment is included. C18 Caterpillar engines and 4,000 gallons of fuel gives the yacht a tremendous range at displacement speeds and makes it perfect for round-the-world exploration and passage-making.

“This speeds up the process from when you decide you want it to when it’s actually delivered,” say Kevin Frawley, a yacht broker with Denison Yacht Sales, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “It usually takes 12-16 months, or longer, to build a new custom yacht. This is a unique opportunity to have a new, custom-built high quality Dutch yacht in less than 6 months.”

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.