Van der Valk's 25-meter Raised Pilot House (RPH) "Jangada"


The second luxury motoryacht in Dutch builder Van der Valk's Continental Three series has been completed and handed over to the owner. The name of this 25-meter Raised Pilot House (RPH) luxury yacht is “Jangada” and the exterior bears distinct witness to the familiar design lines of Guido de Groot. However, there was a bit of collaboration on this one with the personal inputs from the experienced owner along with Nick Top. On the outside, this yacht echoes slight and subtle classic cues. The collaborative effort with Guido de Groot still managed to keep Jangada’s appearance relevant to the current times.

Jangada’s interior is where all the magic happened and while we may be slightly biased towards the yacht’s Raised Pilot House (RPH) design, it does make for an interesting internal arrangement forward on the yacht. This can be seen with the seemingly floating polished stainless steel stairs that take you to the wheelhouse or fully outside on the forward flying bridge via a glass storm door. The interior none-the-less is stunning thanks to the owner’s wishes. This is also where Nick Top enters the fray. The Belgian designer was hand-picked by Jangada’s owner to put conceptualizations onto paper and make them into the reality that is now the yacht’s luxurious and comfortable interior. The combination of light tones and emphasis on Whitewashed English Oak gives a sense of openness and space – rather important on a sub 100-footer-.

The main deck forward accommodates the day head, galley and crew quarters. The crew quarters comprise two cabins, a bathroom and a crew mess. An illuminated stairway grants access to the lower deck areas, which are divided into four cabins: the full-beam master with two walk-inward robes, the VIP suite, and two guest cabins. Each includes an ensuite bathroom, ensuring maximum privacy for owner and guests. The crew areas are separated from the guest areas as well to provide minimum contact with guests unnecessarily.

Even though Jangada is similar to the first hull by virtue of being in the same Continental Three series, she still features some differences which are testament to a minimal level of customizations offered to Van der Valk owners. For example, Jangada is powered by Volvo Penta IPS systems whereby the standard setup would be shaft and rudder system. The hull shape is also customizable too for the owner’s specifications. Another example of that shows Jangada’ssemi-displacement hardchine, moderate V-shaped hull. However, prospective Continental Three owners can opt for a fast displacement (round bilged), aluminium planing (hard-chine, moderate V hull design) or even a steel full displacement (hard-chine or round bilged) version. It all really depends on your wishes as the owner.

Jangada’s exterior spaces are particularly impressive also. The spacious aft deck features a large dining area with a small pantry, and provides plenty of shade thanks to the extended flybridge awning. The rest of the flybridge deck is uncovered and includes a U-shaped dining area, a wet bar with grill, sink, fridge and ice-maker, and a large sun bed forward of the two-seat outdoor helm position. In other words, there is ample room up here for the owner and their party of guests.

The aft section comprises one Opacmare crane that has a capacity of 600 kg. That will be responsible for launching and retrieving Jangada’s 4.5-meter tender and a PWC. Never fear of the lack of room in this location. When at anchor or perhaps in a marina, the crew can deploy the tender and PWC to make even more room on the aft flybridge deck if it is needed. Finally, note all the exterior decks are finished and clad in precious teak, a nice material to outside the external surafces of Jangada. The experienced owner of Jangada can be proud of their new yacht and the same can be said for Van der Valk as they demonstrated the ability to take a single platform and adapt to owner design brief.


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