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