Zeelander 44 and 68 at Palm Beach International Boat Show, Z44 2014 Model Enhancements
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What better way is there to see the new changes on the 2014 Zeelander Z44 than attending the Palm Beach International Boat Show March 20 – 23? John Slate, president of Zeelander Yachts, shared some insight into the modifications on the Z44 for 2014.
For starters, they’ve reduced the size of the main salon overhead accent piece to allow for more head room down the frequently traveled thoroughfares of the main deck and above the table just aft of the helm. “While it gives tall people a little more headroom, the changes also give the interior area a different look,” said Slate. Next, they’ve added a heavy duty stainless steel bar step by the intake vents to ease the boarding process if you didn’t feel like putting the ladder on the side of the boat. In the 2014, Zeelander continues its fine tradition of using base coat clear coat paint for the hullsides and topsides, extending its application now to the area around the main salon windows. “It’s all around better to utilize this painting process,” said Slate. “It will look good and last five to six years.”
Finally, Zeelander’s Volvo IPS system is enhanced with Skyhook, a positioning system now pretty much standard on every new Zeelander according to Slate. Using raw location data from many different sources, it’s fast, reliable, accurate and flexible. In four seconds from a complete cold start, Skyhook Location shows a full hybrid location as compared to 30 to 60 seconds for A-GPS. The system holds the boat’s heading and keeps it there even in tough conditions, coming in handy while waiting to fuel or for a bridge, allowing time for a single operator to position fenders and prep lines if needed.
It’s these small, intuitive changes and attention to the minutest details that are the hallmarks of Zeelander. “We pretty much decided at the Miami Boat Show to go ahead and build boats with every single option as standard since our buyers were pretty much choosing every option anyway,” said Slate. “A lot of boat builders have big egos and they build the boats according to how they want to use it, what color they want. But it’s not necessarily what the customer wants. There are colors we utilize that I would never choose, but I give the buyer what they want. It’s not about me, it’s about them.”
According to Slate, Miami was a great success, and they hope to follow it up with similar interest in Palm Beach. “We’ll have a 44 and a 68 on display,” said Slate. He likes the Palm Beach show for its smaller size, less hectic nature and qualified leads. The 26 North Yachts team looks forward to representation at the booth as well during the weekend.
A breath of fresh air to the yachting scene, Zeelander is a result of one Dutch man’s forward driving vision for easy-operating quality builds with innovation, head-turning yet classic design, extreme comfort, easy maintenance and luxury as primary considerations.
Exterior styling is complemented by seamless stainless rails in a low profile around the vessel. The cap rail (and windshield frame) mimic a dark, rich wood but is synthetic and therefore easier to maintain. Teak-like Esthec composite decking throughout also makes for easy cleaning, maintenance and sure-footing. Interiors include the finest woods, leathers, wools and metals.
After eight years of relentless testing, the Zeelander Z44 came to fruition in Holland thanks to the Dutch dream team of naval architect Frank Mulder and superyacht designer Cor D. Rover, and is now produced at Tiara’s production facility in Holland, Michigan.
The beautifully contoured lines and unique metallic colors of the Z44 demonstrate her aesthetic appeal. Ample seating on the main deck and wheelhouse allow for engaging entertaining while in port or at sea. Below decks, a surprising two cabins accommodate guests in a master and VIP, with a shared head. Head room in some areas is 6’8”!
With her twin standard Volvo Penta IPS 600s (435hp) with pod propulsion, the Zeelander Z44 will reach maximum speeds of 30 to 34 knots. Her cruise range is about 300 to 400 nm. Sound levels can run as low as 64 decibels at cruise speeds, even with the open bridge deck. Her draft is a mere 3’, and her beam a generous 13’2”.
Originally built for the fastidious owner of Zeelander, the 68 offers a big step up for those in the Zeelander 44 or for those interested in a sophisticated, head turning motoryacht that’s quiet and comfortable and easy to operate and maintain in this range.
The beam of the 68 is almost 20 feet with a draft of about 6.5 feet. She also sports iconic deep, royal blue paint on her hull and superstructure. A Koopnautic stabilizer system allows comfortable riding in rough seas.
The two upper decks are all about entertaining, and the wheelhouse combines the saloon, galley and lower helm with great views forward. A three-piece aft door opens up the full width of the saloon, inviting the outside in, assisted by large panoramic windows throughout this deck. There are four cabins (all queen-sized beds) below decks: ensuite master cabin aft and ensuite VIP cabin forward and two guest cabins that share a day head.
A remote controlled hatch on the fore deck reveals a Williams Tender with diesel water jet, Sea Doo RXT water craft and hydraulic tender crane. The stern platform is also remote controlled and integrates a swimming ladder. The sound insulation and vibration control on the 68 is remarkable thanks to Sjaak van Cappellen. Zeelander’s 68 is powered by twin diesel MTU 8V2000M93s, 895 kW (1200 hp) @ 2450 rpm—providing maximum fuel efficiency. Joystick controls for the bow and stern thrusters and autopilot remote control come standard in both helms.