Zeelander's flagship strives to be a smaller superyacht.
Dutch builder Zeelander Yachts introduced its latest build, the Z72, late last year, and fans of the builder’s previous models will instantly recognize the new flagship as a Zeelander. With a curvy exterior, a sheerline that swoops aft from a high bow, and wraparound cabin windows that bring to mind fashionable sunglasses, the Z72 is a real looker. Hull #1 should be delivered by the time this issue goes to press.
Like on the Z44 and the Z55, the tumblehome transom on the Z72 is rounded and swept forward. And it conceals one of the yacht’s signature features: a gigantic swim platform. Most of the transom unfolds and stops just above the water to create a teak beach complete with a sun bed and a cabana of sorts overhead. Making such a transom accommodation possible is an amidships tender garage with a side entry.
Inside, large windows offer all-around views in a main cabin that includes plenty of space to relax. The spacious U-shaped galley is aft, and thanks to a bulkhead window that retracts, the cook or cocktail creator can serve folks inside and out. Immediately aft of the helm seat, which can be converted to face aft and join the festivities, is a dining table that has more seating at a bench settee aft and a two-seat bench to port.
All the way forward in the three-stateroom layout is a master that features a king berth, overhead panels accented with dark varnished wood, a large overhead hatch, hullside windows, curving bulkheads and leather-trimmed accents. Additional accommodations consist of a pair of guest doubles amidships, where angled entry doors optimize the use of space while highlighting the mirror design. Each stateroom has its own private head with a separate shower.
Volvo Penta IPS power is the norm, and Zeelander offers a selection of triple-engine choices, including IPS950, 1050, 1200 and 1350. Early estimates place top speed at 40 knots with the IPS1350s, which produce 1,000 hp each.
Zeelander Yachts, zeelander.com