Van der Valk Explorer

Lady Lene


This fully custom 34-metre explorer combines a spirit of adventure with exceptional standards of comfort to embrace life on and close to the water. Fully ADA-compliant for wheelchair accessibility, Lady Lene’s fast displacement hull, wave-piercing bow and Hull Vane transom wing offer a superb performance and major fuel savings. She received a Judges Commendation at the 2022 World Superyacht Awards and won ‘Best Interior Design’ at the 2023 BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards. Lady Lene has inspired several owners to build their own bespoke yachts based on her proven naval architecture.


LOA 34.00m
Top speed 18 knots
Beam 8m
Fuel tank 30000l
Engine 1650hp / 1213kW
Water tank 4000l

Hull no
Hull material
Aluminium (AlMg4.5Mn – H321)

Superstructure material
Aluminium (AlMg4.5Mn – H111)
Hull Shape
Round bilge – Fast Displacement
RINA C ✠ HULL • MACH; Y+ – Pleasure Unrestricted
Engine brand & type
2x MAN V12-1650 / 1213kW (1650hp) @ 2.300 RPM
Cruising speed
14 knots
Shaft & Propeller
Stainless steel duplex Ø=120mm, 5-bladed NiAlBr propellers Ø=1180mm

Reduction 2,519:1
Bow/stern Thruster
60hp hydraulic proportional bow and stern thruster
55 kW Northern Lights 240 Volts 0.8PF 1800 RPM 60 Hertz.
55 kW Northern Lights 240 Volts 0.8PF 1800 RPM 60 Hertz.
Holding tank capacity

2 owner’s, 2 VIP
7 person crew, 4 cabins
Naval architect
Ginton Naval Architects / Diana Yacht Design
Exterior design
Guido de Groot Design
Interior design
Carla Guilhem Design
Owner’s repr.

General Arrangement


Large windows offer panoramic vistas of the world going by from the spacious lounge & dining room on the main deck, and the VIP suite on the bridge, which also has its own balcony and terrace. The owner’s stateroom with office is located on the lower deck, as are two doubles and one single cabin. Distinctively high ceilings add to the overall sense of class and freedom.


Despite the care and attention paid to the interior, the focal point of the design of this explorer yacht – and the social life of those onboard – is likely to be the aft entertainment area. This large open space has a genuine wow factor with its clean deck, dedicated zones for relaxation and dining, bar and swim platform. Cheers!

A conversation about Lady Lene

The tri-deck explorer Lady Lene is the subject of the video you can watch here. Two of the key players in her creation at our yard – general manager Bram Kooltjes and head of sales & marketing Yoeri Bijker – talk with Paul Flannery, COO of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), about Lady Lene and how she stands out in the current premium motoryacht market.

The inside story on Lady Lene
This exclusive video recorded during the Cannes Yachting Festival takes you onboard the 34-metre explorer Lady Lene. Join Carla Guilhem Design managing partner Samuel Artmann and Carla Guilhem herself on the lounge sofas as they share their insights on the uniquely elegant style of the yacht’s interior. Van der Valk sales manager Yoeri Bijker also joins the conversation to explain how the close cooperation involved in the design and engineering of Lady Lene required a different approach from the yard during the build process. As previously unseen footage of the interior makes clear, the results really do speak for themselves.

Diana Yacht Design
New heights of excellence: Join Diana Yacht Design’s creative director and chief naval architect onboard the Van der Valk explorer Lady Lene in this short film. Hans-Maarten Bais reveals how his close cooperation with fellow naval architect Jaron Ginton helped speed up a complex project and push them both to new heights. Talking of which, we hear how the exceptionally high ceilings on Lady Lene were achieved along with complete wheelchair accessibility. Hans-Maarten also gives a fascinating insight into how the construction of bespoke builds can change mid-project… And the effect that can have on his weekends. Watch and learn why experience is essential when working on a fully custom project like Lady Lene.

Designer Guido de Groot
Watch in wonder as designer Guido de Groot Design recreates on camera his first sketches for the explorer Lady Lene. Part of an interview filmed at the recent Cannes Yachting Festival, Guido showcases the art of multi-tasking too as he describes how this elegant 34-metre explorer met the owners’ requests in terms of ceiling heights, wheelchair access and much more besides. This short movie also reinforces what an amazing achievement it was for Van der Valk and everyone else involved to complete such a project in 23 months. See for yourself…

Naval Architect Jaron Ginton
Given carte blanche by the owners of the custom superyacht Lady Lene to design the best possible hull, naval architect Jaron Ginton explains in this short film how the wave-piercing bow, unique rudder placement and concave shaping ensured a superior performance, excellent efficiency and first-class noise attenuation. He also reveals how the Hull Vane transom wing reduces resistance and flattens stern waves. Expertly built by Van der Valk, Lady Lene even goes three knots faster than the original spec. See how here…

The Hull Vane Explained
This short interview filmed onboard Lady Lene during the Cannes boat show explores how the owners sought and found the ideal solution to ensure the most comfortable ride possible on their 34-metre masterpiece. Sales director Pieter Duzijn reveals how the sophisticated Hull Vane appendage has enhanced seakeeping and given significant fuel savings. You’ll also get an exclusive chance to view Lady Lene’s hull out of the water and discover how Van der Valk and naval architect Jaron Ginton leveraged on the rich experience gained on previous projects to ensure superior stability and speed.

This is the captain speaking
Step inside the space-age bridge onboard the 34-metre custom superyacht Lady Lene in the company of her skipper. After a summer season spent sailing the Med, Captain Guilherme shares the inside story on how he and the owners are finding life on this innovative Van der Valk explorer. He also shows how the helm works and explains the futuristic thinking behind the screens, security systems and more. Describing relations with the yard as his “best to date”, Guilherme reveals how Lady Lene is performing on the high seas in this unique behind-the-scenes movie. .