Here’s Zeelander 8! Elegant flagship (24m) touches 40 knots


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Zeelander 8
Zeelander 8

Lines with a timeless flavor, sinuous curves and lots of elegance. A short statement but one that well introduces the brand new Zeelander 8, the latest design from Dutch shipyard Zeelander Yachts, which, with its new 23.9 meters, signs a flagship with class to spare. But class is little without performance, an aspect to which attention has therefore not been lacking: an impressive 475 nautical miles of range and top speeds of up to 40 knots.

Zeelander 8 (23.9 m) – Almost a mega-yacht

Designed on the family feeling of the range, retaining the brand’s typical stylistic features as well as the elegant lines and soft curvilinear volumes of the smaller models, the new Zeelander 8 offers the added value of its large surface area, guaranteed by its almost 24 meters overall and 4.6 meters of maximum beam, to which is added the surface area of the retractable aft beach area. In short, a hull that, with its 3 double cabins and all the comfort it has, lends itself well to great cruising. But let’s take a closer look at it in this preview.

Zeelander 8
Zeelander 8

Zeelander 8 – Exterior

Despite its abundant volume, the new Zeelander 8 immediately comes across as a balanced hull, with a delicate profile, soft slants, and clean details that nicely enrich the overall design. In terms of layout and deck volumes, the main superstructure body is an elegant and functional element, offering a deck plan divided into three distinct areas, of which two are open air and one is protected, albeit bright and facing the sea. At the bow of this one a first convivial space takes hold with large sundeck and double facing sofas, served by a central table, ideal for enjoying the outdoor spaces in total safety, even while sailing.

Zeelander 8
Zeelander 8

In the stern, however, the second large outdoor area, divided into two main levels, comes to life. First, aft of the saloon we find the cockpit, a balcony overlooking the sea and served by a piano bar with stools, as well as a large sofa facing toward the aft end, served by a large table.

Detail of the puddle

But it is even further aft that, once stopped, at anchor perhaps, the real beach area comes to life, with the central surface of the transom capable of opening and lowering, revealing the large terrace on the water it conceals, as well as the staircase leading from the cockpit to it. A true platform on the sea. Finally, the tender garage is obtained externally through a hatch in the starboard broadside.

The extended aft platform


Given the overall volumes, the Dutch house’s new yacht can only reflect its ambition as a comfortable cruiser, offering, on the lower level, a full-beam master cabin with en-suite facilities, as well as two additional double guest cabins, also with en-suite facilities. Finally, in the bow are crew quarters to accommodate up to 3 members on two cabins, also with private bathrooms.

Coming to the deck, however, a large living area populates the interior volume, consisting of a first relaxation area with an L-shaped sofa and center coffee table, and a second convivial area with a C-shaped sofa and meal table. To starboard, however, the galley comes to life, to the bow the command post.

Propulsion and performance

Closing this preview are the technical aspects related to motorization. Thus, pushing the new Z8 are four Volvo Penta D13 IPS 1200 engines, optionally also available as 1350s. More than enough motorization to emphasize the good qualities of the hull, capable in fact of reaching peak speeds between 38 and 40 knots. Appreciable, here, is the ability to make the yacht as quiet as possible, with “noise” peaks below 72 dba, ideal for enjoying one’s cruise to the fullest. Finally, in terms of range, about 475 nautical miles are estimated.

Zeelander 8 – Data Sheet

Length Over All (LOA) 23.9 m
Baglio Massimo (B.max) 6.4 m
Fishing 1.6 m
Motorization 4x Volvo Penta D13-IPS 1200 or 1350
Maximum speed 40 kn
Autonomy 475 mn
Cabins 3 double guests + crew
Beds 6 guests + 3 crew
Yard / Contacts Zeelander

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