Towering maiden tour for newly delivered Blue Jeans
Delivered to her owners in October, the 34-metre Blue Jeans is stopping onlookers in their tracks on her maiden voyage. After the handover by Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands, this all-custom superyacht cruised though Belgium, France and the UK to London, where some iconic shots were captured in front of Tower Bridge. Blue Jeans is due to arrive at her home berth in the Far East in february.
Blue Jeans is one of the most complex superyachts created to date by Van der Valk. This artisan Dutch yard is a leader in the niche market for bespoke builds between 25 and 40 metres while also offering a range of semi-custom lines including the award-winning BeachClub. Blue Jeans was built for clients who knew exactly what they wanted for their tailor-made raised pilothouse motoryacht. The exterior style is closely aligned with the request for high ceilings in the interior, which rise to almost 2.5 metres in the lounge.
A sleek and stylish overall profile features pioneering use of exterior glass, including for the bulwarks. The attractive blue hull livery was developed in partnership with Alexseal while designer Guido de Groot used colours, surfaces and lights to remove any hint of white and create a very distinctive look. Blue Jeans also carries a fully-custom bare aluminium tender that is placed sideways in her own large garage. Such an arrangement generates space for a large engine room with the twin MTUs required to propel Blue Jeans to a dynamic top speed of 28 knots.
Al fresco delights include balconies on both sides of the main deck and a retractable dive board on the flybridge. The anchor windlasses are hidden within an imposing raised bow in order to free up space on the foredeck for a recessed chill-out zone with a pop-up table. This innovative feature encapsulates the level of detailed design and engineering which went into this project.
Intricate and stylish
The Van der Valk team has also excelled itself on an intricate interior which features a fusion of Northern European and Asian styles. The owners have pushed the window of the possible on a yacht this size with remarkable lighting displays and a wide variety of materials. Yard and designers alike went the extra mile to source the marbles, metals, woods and furniture required.
Highlights include liquid metal walls, copper accents and an exclusive use of reconstituted teak in small wooden trims for the walls and ceilings. The master stateroom features rare Lapis Lazuli Blue marble and other fine stones include Nero Marquina and Fior di Bosco in the dining area and White Carrara in the saloon.
The overall layout of Blue Jeans entirely reflects her owner’s preferences for everyday use within a multifunctional, multigenerational concept that is equally ideal for large groups on day trips and the kind of extended stays onboard involved in her maiden voyage.