Van der Valk launch 34m expedition yacht Lady Lene

Van de Valk’s custom 34 metre “explorer-type” motor yacht Lady Lene has hit the water for the first time. 

Commissioned by a repeat client, the all-new design features a “wave-piercing bow” with “giant windows” offering panoramic views and wing stations for easy docking, the yard said. Lady Lene will also be fully wheelchair accessible thanks to an elevator servicing all decks.

Van der Valk Lady Lene outdoor dining area
The all-new design features a “wave-piercing bow” with “giant windows”

The design and naval architecture is a collaboration between Guido de Groot Yacht, Diana Yacht Design and Ginton Naval Architects.

Accommodation is for up to 10 guests split between a bridge deck VIP with a balcony and aft terrace, an owner’s stateroom on the lower deck and a further single and two double cabins on the same level. Designed to cater to all generations, the yacht is designed to be wheelchair-friendly with an elevator accessing all decks.

A large open plan saloon benefits from high ceilings – a specific requirement from the owners – while all floors are level with no steps or protrusions. Elsewhere, the aft deck doubles as an entertainment area, with dedicated areas for dining and lounging.

Van der Valk Lady Lene master suite
Accommodation onboard is spacious and modern

The owner’s brief was, “challenging and adventurous,” according to designer Guido de Groot. “We had to start our design by taking into account the very specific interior requirements with respect to height and accessibility. Only once these parameters had been established on the GA could we embark on the exterior design, and the owners also had detailed aesthetic wishes here, too, including a high robust bow combined with soft curved lines.”

“There really was no comparable reference point for an elegant explorer like this, which made this a very enjoyable project,” said Groot.

Check out the video of the vessel under construction here.

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