Van der Valk Presents Explorer Project Capella

Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has shared an update on the 23.56-metre yacht Capella, currently in-build and due for a 2023 delivery. Project Capella sports a Grade A round bilge, full-displacement steel hull topped with an aluminium superstructure.  Her naval architecture is a result of a collaboration between the Dutch duo Ginton Naval Architects and Diana Yacht Design. The yacht’s distinctive steel hull has been constructed entirely in-house by Van der Valk.

Project Capella will have her home port based on the Balearic Islands, but her owners intend to cruise throughout the entire Mediterranean accompanied by family and friends for the first leg of their post-delivery adventures.

“Project Capella is completely prepared for both warmer and colder climates, thanks to her cleverly designed windows, insulation and underfloor heating. She could go to places such as the Norwegian fjords without any issues,” says Bram Kooltjes, Van der Valk’s General Manager. 

Project Capella features four guest staterooms (comprising one generous owner’s cabin, two twins and one VIP stateroom), as well as two cabins for her two-person crew. The kitchen is the hotspot of entertainment on board the yacht, and the rest of the boat is designed around it. Her exterior and interior were penned by Guido de Groot Design. 

“We used a lot of light materials on board, so that it felt airy and fresh. But we also included some darker accents, including walnut, integrating some wooden strips into the flat panels of the walls. The bookshelves and niches are designed to make the boat feel more ‘home like’, and these can be used to store works of art. All in all, we were looking to create a rustic, homely atmosphere that isn’t too busy or overwhelming.” Guido de Groot Design

Project Capella is slated for launch in spring 2023.