Van der Valk Explorer
A charming explorer
The beautifully bespoke 23.56-metre Felis benefits from the rich expertise of clients who truly know how to enjoy life on the water all year round. Her sturdy yet charming exterior profile, drawn by Guido de Groot, was inspired by the no-nonsense lines of our explorer range and success stories such as Dutch Falcon, Seawolf and Venera. The rest of Felis is custom designed inside and out, revolving around the specific length required. She has impressive interior volume for a relatively compact size, with comfort assured by a round-bilged steel hull with bulbous bow and the low centre of gravity that comes with an aluminium superstructure.
Steel Grade A
Aluminium (AlMg4.5Mn – H321)
Round bilge – Full Displacement
CE Class A (ocean)
Engine brand & type
2x MAN D2676LE474 368kW (500hp) @ 1.800 RPM
Shaft & Propeller
45hp hydraulic proportional bow and stern thruster
35 kW Kohler 35EFKOZD 230/400 Volts 0.8PF 1500 RPM 50 Hertz.
28 kW Kohler 28EFKOZD 230/400 Volts 0.8PF 1500 RPM 50 Hertz.
Holding tank capacity
1 owner, 2 twin cabins, 1 VIP
2 person crew, 2 cabins
Diana Yacht Design
Guido de Groot Design
Guido de Groot Design
It was a true pleasure for us to partner with owner-operator clients who knew exactly what they required having experienced life on a motoryacht in all its many facets before. Felis is meticulously thought out and planned to the smallest detail, as you would expect from a boat designed to be used all year round. Lots of attention was paid to noise & vibration attenuation and self-sufficiency, with low fuel consumption and a range that facilitates lengthy spells away from busy ports. Heavy-duty 1800 rpm MAN industrial engines with RCD 2 approval add to the exceptional degree of autonomy. The engine room is easily accessible because the owners mostly drive Felis themselves.
Style and comfort
The light and airy interior – another fine achievement by Guido & his team and the Van der Valk craftsmen – is stylish and cosy in equal measure. Felis features a wealth of small details, exquisite joinery work, and integrated lighting and handrails within a superb layout that optimises all available space. Light materials make for a fresh and airy atmosphere, with darker accents such as walnut adding a rustic feel. Bookshelves and niches are designed to make the boat feel ‘home like’, as do the wooden strips blended into the flat panels of the walls.