Big on Innovation

Dutch builder packs its new 55-footer with features that make boating easy and fun.

Wajer 55_2 Not only is the Wajer 55 a larger version of its award-winning predecessors, the Wajer 37 and Wajer 38, this big Dutch beauty has added a range of smart innovations. For example, the new Wajer 55, which looks a bit like a bullet from above, has a swimming platform that can also be used as a swimming ladder or a gangway, and a roof that folds away automatically. A push-button fender system can be operated from the helm, which includes MFDs on the port and starboard dash, though only one wheel, to starboard. A wraparound glass windshield provides protection from the wind and delivers a dash of cool.

The triple — yes, three — Volvo Penta IPS 600 engines, each delivering 435 hp, push the 52-and-a-half-foot yacht to a 38 knot top speed. A joystick makes driving in tight situations videogame easy. And even with three engines the 55 has space for a near-10-foot Williams Turbo Jet tender, which is concealed entirely within the aft section, below the sunpad, and is released by a hydraulic system for easy launch. The diesels’ fuel economy — 32 gph at 25 knots — and a functional galley make day voyages a breeze for eight or 10 people, with seating on a large U-shaped settee aft, twin captain’s chairs at the helm and two companion chairs to port. A two-person sunpad aft of the cockpit is sure to be occupied anytime the yacht is at rest. Two staterooms mean four people can spend the night.Wajer_55_8_LR

Sportiness, innovation and comfort make the Wajer 55 a good-looking and fast yacht. The 55 is built to order with a wide range of customization options (the U.S. dealer is in Miami), and it starts at roughly $1.9 million.
Wajer Yachts, wajeramericas.com

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