It’s Got the Look

Dutch builder Zeelander delivers a bigger version of its popular Z44 dayboat.

A Zeelander Yacht in profile is unmistakable. It begins with a high, sharp bow and moves aft along a shearline that swoops gently downward toward the curvy stern and forward-sloping reverse transom. It passes a superstructure that is all soft curves and whose windows are curved to match the hull. Even the vertical hull windows have rounded corners, to further the soft lines.

But all those curves don’t mean the Z55 is soft. Yes, it’s definitely a Dutch-built dayboat with flair, but its sharp entry and double-chine design deliver a smooth and dry ride, and the Volvo Penta engine options, from twin IPS 950 to twin IPS 1350, deliver top speeds from 32 to 43 knots.

Belowdecks are three staterooms, including a full-beam amidships master, a spacious forward VIP and a starboard bunk room. The master has an en suite head, while the other two staterooms share a second head. And while the accommodations are very nice and roomy, especially on a 55-foot, 7-inch vessel, the main deck is where people are going to want to be.

In the cockpit, a large settee encircles a table. Walkways from the side doors and the transom entry partition the settee into four sections, but it still has room for eight people. Forward of that are four stools at a bar that shares a bulkhead and window with the aft part of the galley. With the substantial window lowered into the bulkhead and the door open, the cockpit and main cabin become one space.

Forward of the galley is the combination salon/dinette/helm. An L-shaped settee has room for four or five people, two chairs to starboard expand the seating capacity, and the twin captain’s chairs at the triple- MFD helm swing around, meaning up to nine people can join the action.

Don’t fret the lack of a swim platform, because it’s there — hiding in the transom when not in use and flipping down when necessary. It’s a neat feature that serves practical and aesthetic purposes.
Zeelander Yachts, zeelander.com

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