The Zeelander Z44 – Luxurious Mini Superyacht
Just because Zeelander is relatively new on the scene doesn’t mean that the Z44 offers any less quality than builds backed by 150 years or more of experience. If anything, the fresh, clean, modern slate provided the openness for great innovation and excellence. There was no “we’ve always done it this way” or “we’re backed by a fixed tradition” to put a damper on creative and technical expression on this uniquely evolved, luxurious day cruiser.
Exhibiting a modern twist on a classic look, the sporty vessel features a handsome, rounded transom and exquisite appointments throughout. She’s easy to operate and offers superior comfort complemented by a smart layout conducive to many uses—in fact, she’s been labeled as a “mini superyacht.” Her draft is a mere 3’, and her beam a generous 13’2”.
Accessibility to the natural environment has been thoughtfully considered with raised seating in the wheelhouse for 360-degree views and oversized sunroof above the helm. In its modest 44’ size, the Zeelander packs in many areas to lounge and entertain. For starters, there’s aft seating for eight on a C-shaped settee along the transom adjacent to a high-low table (which can be converted to a large sunpad) and rear-facing L-shaped settee that backs up to a dinette. Across from the forward settee is a wetbar with sink and ice-maker. A door conceals a small refrigerator and freezer. The rear-facing settee is protected by a zip-in canopy. Moving forward, under the hardtop, a C-shaped settee, captain’s chair, helm and one more foldable table complete the main deck. If it seems like there is a lot of seating, there is! The Zeelander 44 can accommodate up to 14 for entertaining (but not sleeping).
In the main cabin, a fully equipped galley, head and not one, but two staterooms accommodate owners and guests. The owner’s cabin features a queen-sized berth. Surprisingly, head room below in most parts is 6’8”!
The Z44’s lightweight composite construction with Kevlar and carbon fiber provides the perfect shell for European styling, rich, mahogany accents and luxurious appointments at every turn thanks to the Dutch dream team of naval architect Frank Mulder and designer Cor D. Rover. State-of-the-art features like the Seakeeper gyro-stabilizer, a hydraulic swim platform and teak-like Esthec composite decking for easy cleaning, maintenance and sure-footing contribute to the noteworthy ease of operation. Interiors sport the finest woods, leathers, wools and metals. Accent lighting below beneath the furniture highlights the raw teak floors, and rounded corners soften the interior experience.
High gloss metallic paint makes this charming vessel pop in standard colors such as Bentley Blue, Stunning Gold, Cocoa Brown, Majestic Blue, RR Titanium and Velvet Green. Exterior styling is equally complemented by seamless stainless rails in a low profile around the vessel. The cap rail (and windshield frame) mimics a dark, rich wood but is synthetic and therefore easier to maintain.
With her twin standard Volvo Penta IPS 500s (375hp) with pod propulsion, the Zeelander Z44 will reach maximum speeds of 30 to 34 knots. With optional Volvo Penta IPS 600 (435hp), she’ll top 38 knots and cruise at 28 knots. Her cruise range is about 300 to 400 nm. Thanks to the Silent Line Group, a sound vibration specialist, sound levels can run as low as 64 decibels at cruise speeds, even with the open bridge deck.
The Zeelander Z44 has been years in the making that included detailed collaborations with the designers, naval architects and sound engineers to produce a new build that is second to none. The passion and determination of owner Sietse Koopman drove the quest for perfection, prestige and utmost charm in this customizable build.
Originally the Zeelander was produced in Holland, but in a serendipitous turn of events is now produced in Holland … Michigan at the S2 Yachts yard where Tiaras are currently manufactured. (And the next town over from Holland, Michigan? Zeeland!) The Z44 has been turning smart, discerning heads ever since in places like Palm Beach, Ocean Reef and Greenwich, Connecticut.