Van der Valk Custom


New Pilot, exceptional volume

Take a good look at this 34-metre launch model for a new custom-series called Pilot. Designed by Cor D. Rover, this contemporary explorer has an exceptional 295 GT volume for a 34-metre yacht. The client for this bespoke build extended the length to maximise interior space and create something unique in her size. Blending robust and masculine proportions with an abundance of curves, this three-deck superyacht has a self-contained pilothouse and raked bridge windows reminiscent of a commercial vessel. Together with the car-inspired air grills, this first Pilot is a tribute to the skill of Van der Valk’s aluminium shapers and welders.


LOA 34.04m
Top speed 21.50 knots
Beam 7.62m
Fuel tank 25660l
Engine 2x 1920hp / 1432kW
Water tank 2860l

Hull no
Gross tonnage
294 GT
Hull material
Aluminium (AlMg4.5Mn – H321)

Superstructure material
Aluminium (AlMg4.5Mn – H321)
Hull Shape
Round bilged, Fast displacement
ABS + A1, Yachting Service, AMS
Engine brand & type
2 x MTU 12V2000M96L,1432kW
Cruising speed
19.00 knots

Shaft & Propellor
Stainless steel 1.4462 water lubr. duplex ø=100mm, Two skew back fixed pitch 5-bladed propellers, bronze Ø 1250mm.
2 x 55 kW Köhler 55EFOZDJ 55kW 400 Volts 0.8PF 3 Phase 1500 RPM 50 Hertz
Holding tank capacity

1 Owners stateroom, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 Double guest staterooms
3 Crew cabins for total 6 persons
Naval architect
Ginton Naval Architects / Diana Yacht Design
Exterior design
Cor D. Rover
Interior design
Cor D. Rover
Owner’s repr.


Eye on the prize

Large windows and a glass ‘eye’ on the bridge deck are united with partitions and black-painted superstructure surfaces that look like glass. The rest of the livery is in a castle tan and stark white palette chosen by the owner. Our talented exterior paint crew ensured perfect straight lines on a perfect curved shape on the first vessel we’ve delivered under ABS rules. Note too the large balconies for the main deck master and lower deck VIP. The aft platform also has two 7 x 1.5-metre foldout balconies that double the area close to the water. A transformer platform and full aft lazarette for a Williams tender and three-person wave runner will boost the watersport fun.

Outdoor delights

As the video below shows, this custom Pilot offers an abundance of outside deck space. The aft deck features a large dining table and circular seating, each easily accommodating ten people. A large wet bar with BBQ is located on the bridge deck aft, with sacrificial air conditioning installed for use in the hottest climates. Twin MTUs will give the Pilot a top speed around the 20-knot mark and the yacht has been fitted with CMC stabilisers. Come back to this page later to see details of her interior.