Van der Valk in the Netherlands has been commissioned to build a new Continental Three semi-custom motoryacht. This is the third order for this successful new line which, features a distinctive design by Guido de Groot. Like all Continental Three builds, this 26-metre superyacht will combine an overall modern appearance with subtle classic touches and include various unique features chosen by her owners. It is due for completion in 2016.
One of the specific characteristics of this latest new Continental Three will be a custom mast ensuring the vertical clearance is lower than six metres in order to suit the preferred sailing regions of the client. In addition, the yacht has an extended hydraulic tender launching platform which will double as a beach lounge and a swim platform. Housing the tender in the stern area will enable the flybridge to be kept free for other functions. The interior of this impressive new Continental Three will be mainly realised in teak and other woods to create a classic ambiance, with lots of rounded shapes adding to the sense of elegance.
The spacious flybridge offers an outdoor steering position and two L-shaped sofas for dining. Distinctive relaxation areas will ensure optimal privacy. Two large sunbeds will be placed, one in front of the steering position and the other on the roof of the master stateroom, accessible via the foredeck. There will also be two lounge seats near the anchors. The wet bar behind the helm seat and a barbecue at the aft part of the flybridge will make the whole boat ideal for al fresco entertaining.
The yacht’s main deck includes a large eight-person table for outdoor dining on the aft deck which also gives access to the flybridge. Beautifully crafted foldable stainless steel doors will open up to the spacious saloon, which will offer stunning views all around.
Another standout feature of the Continental Three is its raised pilothouse, which is centrally located on the main deck. The master suite is situated forward and offers spectacular panoramic views from its high location. The clear separation from the guests areas also enhances privacy levels for the owners. In addition to a comfortable double king bed, it includes an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower, a seating and office area as well as plenty of storage space.
The lower deck includes three guest cabins, all of which are ensuite: two double VIP cabins aft and one central guest cabin with two Pullman's which accommodates four people. This deck also features a utility storage room with cooler/freezer department, and a laundry area in the corridor. The crew area, located further forward, has two crew cabins as well as a crew mess, shower and head.
Technical specifications of the new Continental Three include two MTU engines with a maximum of 1502 hp each, a 45 hp hydraulic bowthruster and a 35 hp hydraulic sternthruster. The estimated maximum speed is 25 knots, with a cruising speed of 20 knots. In addition, the yacht has a Naiad 302 fin stabilisation system and two 26kW Northern Lights generators on board.
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