Last week, Dutch shipyard Van der Valk moved their latest raised pilothouse motor yacht between facilities as they prepare to launch her in May 2020. The 28.5-metre yacht Venera features both an exterior and interior design by Guido de Groot Design, naval architecture by Jaron Ginton and an engineering platform by Diana Yacht Design. Built for a repeat client of the yard, Venera is the third in Van der Valk’s line of explorer motor yachts.

The New York loft-style interior has been devised to accommodate up to 10 guests in five staterooms including the main-deck master suite forward, two identical VIP suites and two twin cabins on the lower deck. The lower deck is also home to a saloon with a formal dining space, with the option to extend the lounge aftwards into an alfresco dining area with a U-shaped settee.

The yacht’s flybridge deck will be dedicated entirely to leisure and will not include a helm. The undercover section will comprise a U-shaped seating area around a dining table to port as well as a large wet bar with a compact L-shaped settee. Here, guests can also enjoy the whirlpool tub flanked by integrated sunbeds, under which a jet ski will be stored. Ample water toy storage can be found throughout the vessel along with a tender crane with an 800 kg capacity.

Her twin MAN V12 1650 hp engines will give an estimated top speed of 20 knots and are accompanied by VEEM VG145 zero-speed gyroscopic stabiliser system and two 32 kW Northern Lights generators.