Reach for the stars: Van der Valk’s trail-blazing Meteor concept
Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has teamed up with Vripack to create a ground-breaking design concept that defies all convention. Setting a new benchmark in the fast weekender market, the 25-metre Meteor platform combines a wide range of inland water options with the ability to head offshore in considerable style.
The Meteor concept has its origins in a custom design created for a client who was introduced to Van der Valk by the brokers at Boutique Yachts. While this original project did not ultimately leave the drawing board stage, the lessons learned over many months developing the Meteor together with the experts at Vripack are now available to a wider audience.
The Meteor platform benefits from a wide range of intelligent thinking and showcases Van der Valk’s ability to meet bespoke demands in aluminium in the 20 to 35-metre range. She will offer an exceptional top speed of at least 40 knots thanks to a powerful sweet-spot blend of triple Rolls Royce MTUs with water jets. Weight is a critical parameter to achieve such a rapid pace and every aspect of efficiency has been meticulously calculated and engineered.
At the same time, the Meteor is much more than a super-safe speed machine. Breaking boldly with the norm, the stern is inspired by the sports car world and largely dispenses with the traditional aft deck. The transom itself serves as a swim platform when opened and combines with the interior space to create a large beach club/winter garden.
Two three-metre sliding roofs offer the option for sun or shade both here and in the bridge area of the foredeck lounge, all part of a radically different deployment of space that is enhanced by liberal use of glass in the superstructure.
In the flow
This fresh approach continues within the interior thanks to an ergonomic layout that embraces flow of movement and is very pleasing to the eye. The main salon includes a dining area and bar, while the lower deck features two full-beam double suites with bathrooms. Each bed is angled to provide superb views out to sea.
Vripack has designed a textual mix of satin and gloss finishes with gunmetal black diamond stitched leathers and blue velvet surfaces. The window frames feature an eggshell-white textile and all materials will be sustainably and locally sourced.
This innovative platform seamlessly matches a growing demand for well-designed boats on which families can explore their chosen environment together in isolation, safety and comfort. Interested parties are welcome to contact Van der Valk directly to discuss how they might shoot for the stars with a Meteor.