Although already known for its beautifully flowing lines and superior performance, Zeelander takes no breaks on its quest to push the envelope with every new release, and the Zeelander 5 is the perfect example of this.
Taking cues from her big sister, the Z72, the Zeelander 5’s sweeping curves are pronounced and voluptuous, but even more so than her predecessors. The brand’s DNA is displayed in all its glory but taken to the next level with eye-catching, fluid lines and a sportier S-shaped shearline. This, together with in-house styling and the combined experience of the entire Zeelander team, make the new Zeelander 5 a work of art.
“At Zeelander, we want to inspire people to be extraordinary,” said founder Sietse Koopmans. “The Zeelander 5 is an embodiment of that philosophy. It is a sophisticated yacht that stands out and can be personalised to its owner’s taste. The exterior is a continuation of the lines of the successful Z72 and the interior design is truly exceptional for a yacht of this size.”
Sum and Substance
The new Zeelander 5 is not just all appearance and no substance, though; this spellbinding yacht also delivers improved functionality. Its side-boarding doors and passarelle allow easy entry, while the full walk-around cockpit gives access to the iconic Zeelander swim platform. And most importantly, the Zeelander 5 can be opened up for the summer months with an electronically operated sunroof and retractable sliding window aft, or sealed off for cool winter cruises.
The new boat is broader in the beam, which offers many benefits. There is greater volume below, naturally, but also better hydrodynamics and cruising characteristics. And the Zeelander yard has one of the best names in the business when it comes to sound and vibration proofing. Running at full throttle, the boat makes an easy 45 knots, but all you’ll hear is the sound of the wake astern. Riding at anchor, the generator and aircon produce just 46dB – literally whisper quiet. While at full speed, the noise level is only 70dB – like water running down a gentle creek.
However, when owners and guests want it, the Zeelander 5 can make some noise. With 12 speakers and two subwoofers by Bowers & Wilkins on board, the yacht delivers serious power to any playlist. This makes it ideal for bringing good vibes and good tunes to parties, long afternoon lunches and even exercise activities on deck.
Speaking of revelry on board, the Zeelander’s hallmark curved tumblehome stern could host the perfect pool party. Home to a 63.5-square-foot swim platform, it’s spacious enough to accommodate a couple of large sunbeds. The yacht’s hydraulic pasarelle can also act as a swim ladder with steps and a handrail, providing swimmers easy access to the water.
Beauty on the Inside and Out
From the alluring exterior to the smart, sophisticated interior, every aspect of the Zeelander 5 has been carefully considered. Space was integral in the design concept, and so the interior boasts well-designed layouts that provide generous room for movement and enjoyment. The space below deck has been meticulously optimised, offering a huge master cabin aft with a walk-around bed and a dedicated dressing area. There is also a separate, spacious bathroom complete with elegant Corian marble, Macassar wood panelling, and superyacht portholes. Innovative features in the main suite include a TV mounted at an angle over the bed, expansive windows for views of the anchorage from your pillow and a beautiful leather-clad dressing table. As an added touch of intrigue, the modern ambient lighting concept runs to an illuminated sill under each door.
Also below deck, visitors or family will enjoy a luxurious V-shaped guest cabin, either with double or twin beds, with a TV and a hatch overhead. The separate shower and toilet add an exceptional standard of finish.
One of the yacht’s most striking features sits proudly in the main saloon, taking the form of a large wraparound window offering 360-degree views. “Due to their scale and complexity, only one specialist manufacturer in the world can make our frameless double-curved windshields,” commented Koopmans. The wheelhouse’s smart, chic design is as alluring as its breathtaking views. Its light, airy ambience and exacting attention to detail instantly make you feel at home, especially with the added drop-down TV, perfectly positioned to serve the wheelhouse seating area or can be rotated 180˚ to face the aft deck. There is also raised sitting area around the table, done up in plump, hand-stitched leather, which can be transformed into an extra bed by lowering the dining table.
It is on closer inspection of the finishes that Zeelander’s meticulous care for craftsmanship can be truly admired, though. The timeless, stainless-steel hardware on the deck of the Zeelander 5 complements the yacht’s natural elegance; every element is made by hand from the finest grade 316Ti metal for everlasting beauty. Oval-shaped railings, solid end-caps, and seamlessly integrated cleats are just some examples of this commitment to perfection.
Reassuringly easy to handle and maintain, Zeelander Yachts has consciously created the Zeelander 5 with owner-operators in mind. No crew are necessary. “Take the helm and enjoy a rare moment of privacy with your loved ones,” said founder Sietse Koopmans. For heightened privacy and security, the whole wheelhouse is equipped with privacy glass. At the touch of a button, the glass turns opaque.
Personalised to Perfection
Choice is integral to the philosophy at Zeelander, and it’s with this notion that the brand allows clients free reign when selecting their finishes. Four carefully curated moodboards offer a range of luxurious styles and finishes to perfectly match an owner’s personality. Making expert use of the finest fabrics, leathers and woods, they guarantee a truly noble appearance.
The Nautical theme, as it suggests, is inspired by sailing traditions and instils a carefree, coastal lifestyle in the interior. Its trademarks are blue and white accents with dark woods and brown leather details. Meanwhile, the Modern interior style is reminiscent of a New York City loft with an industrial past. A concrete colour scheme highlighted by orange details makes this interior stand out. Then there’s the Classical – think elegant, warm, and refined. Here, sumptuous mocha-coloured furniture, Corian marble details, and light leather trims create a sophisticated décor. Last but not least, the Contemporary design spotlights all that is bright, airy, and fresh. The interior presents the idyllic juxtaposition between simple and sophisticated with lavish Macassar wood features and supple leather flooring for an attention-grabbing look.
Although these styles are beautiful in their own right, some owners may want to go even further, and this is where Zeelander bespoke shines. The experienced Zeelander team will work with an owner’s imagination to deliver a boat that is perfectly designed around desire, and always a thing of timeless luxury.
“For truly demanding clients who desire more complex customisation, Zeelander offers bespoke services,” said Koopmans. “It goes beyond the standard, where the interior can be created to your exact liking. Every material can be sourced and processed to your wishes, matching the interior of your jet, seaside mansion or favourite car.”
With the Zeelander 5, you’ll never be short of power. Simply flip over the backrests the create dual pilot seats for effortless control of the yacht’s systems, with options including twin or triple Volvo Penta IPS 500 or 650 pods, for a maximum of 1,440hp. This makes for a blistering ride indeed, but Volvo’s Assisted Docking technology also makes light of close-quarters manoeuvring, giving the best of both worlds. The boat’s maximum speed is 45 knots, but it can also travel long distances on one tank, with a maximum range of 1,333 nautical miles at 6 knots.
The cockpit space also benefits from a space-optimised design with various options on offer. Choose from a curved sofa bank or a convertible sunbed aft with more sofas, or even a sleek bar area against the bulkhead. A further sunpad graces the coachroof forward, both with the option of shade from an innovative tensile awning that stows in the front and back of the coachroof.
Between seductive exterior styling, a timeless interior and real power, the Zeelander is a unique proposition on the market. Finish standards are second to none, and there is the option to customise the boat in a way usually only seen with a much larger craft. Little wonder, then, that the slogan for the new yacht is “drive your desire”.
The first Zeelander 5 is expected to hit the water in mid-2022. The Zeelander 5 is produced in low volume and limited yearly production quantities. Visit Zeelander’s website for more information.