Steelyachts is a Dutch company started by Ronald van der Heijden with the belief that making the customer happy included his or her input on the layout of the yacht they were going to spend their time in. And this meant beyond what color the upholstery would be or where to place carpet instead of teak and holly. It’s a plan that seems to be working well as his company has now built over 400 luxury yachts for discriminating buyers all over Europe. And according to Mr. van der Heijden, their customers appear to run a broad spectrum of young and old, experienced and newbies alike.
Angels is the latest build from Steelyachts and it’s a prime example of how the company will customize a yacht for their customer. The model is called “Superior” and comes in four sizes, 20 m (65.6’), 24 m (78.7’), 27 m (88.6'), and 33 m (108.3') although even that is subjective. “If you want a 22 meter, we’ll build it for you” says van der Heijden nonchalantly. Angels is a 20m.
Below the waterline, hull plating is 6 mm and above the waterline, hull and deck plating are between 4 and 5 mm grade 42 steel. The keel plating is 10 mm. I expected the superstructure to be fiberglass, to save weight and keep the price down, but it’s actually 5mm aluminum. More expensive and certainly more rugged.
Her profile is typical flybridge motoryacht with teak decking throughout the exterior and a mixture of teak and holly or wall to wall carpeting inside. Wide side decks and high bulwarks remind you that this is a cruising yacht and not intended to remain at the dock as eye candy. Stainless steel rails are oval, which melds into your hand more naturally than round rails. While the bulwarks are stepped, the rails maintain a steady height from stem to stern. The rail stanchions all have a forward angle bent into the middle so that they all lean towards the bow and add a very nice look to the boats profile. Stainless steel bollards lie fore and aft and stainless cleats are amidships.
Angels’ main saloon is huge and actually includes the galley, saloon, dining area and helm with no bulkheads breaking up the space. It’s also surrounded by glass that does a remarkable job of keeping the interior bright and airy. Air conditioning is provided throughout, but not reverse cycle as one would expect. Heating is provided by radiant heated decks.
The galley is aft, up against the aft sliding entry door, is large and fully capable of handling the demands of any chef. A four burner flat-top stove (sans fiddles), full oven, microwave, trash compactor, and dishwasher highlight the essentials. Large storage cabinets are overhead on the starboard bulkhead, and while there are no rails on the interior counters, the exterior, against the walkway through the saloon, does have rails. The chef not only has a beautiful view from all sides, there is also easy access to the aft open cockpit dining table, and the table in the forward saloon.
Down the aft stairs is the full beam master stateroom and an additional cabin with twin bunks, presumably to keep young children close and guests in the forward cabins. The master features a king sized bed. All portlights open, and the aft is large enough to allow for emergency egress.
The forward VIP was to me a bit of a disappointment in that it is very Spartan in its layout. There is a double berth with the usual hanging lockers to the foot and either side of the berth. Storage is below but none above where there is empty space. We certainly can’t fault Steelyachts for this layout as it’s exactly what the customer wanted, but there is wasted space that could be put to good use. On the other hand, limiting the amount of storage guests are entitled to will also limit the amount of time they can spend on board so perhaps there’s a genius to the design after all.
Up above it all, the flying bridge will be the gathering place of choice barring inclement weather. A large wrap around settee and table lies to the port and aft. An entertainment center with sink, refrigerator, and grill lies just aft of the helm. The helm itself duplicates everything at the lower helm station and includes a radar/chart plotter/GPS navigator, autopilot, full engine instrumentation, electronic speedlog, depth sounder, rudder indicator, fresh water and fuel gauge, and a dual station VHF radio.
Power and Performance
The Steelyachts Superior 2000 is powered by a pair of IVECO 825-hp engines made in Italy that Steelyachts tells us can push the yacht to a top speed of 30kts. She’ll cruise at 18kts burning 150 LPH/39.6 GPH giving her a range of 888 nautical miles on her 7400L/1955 gallon fuel capacity, the builder says. At 12kts Steelyachts says she’ll do nearly 1800 nm. Additionally, if you prefer optional power, Steelyachts will be happy to oblige. As for pricing, Ronald van der Heijden says that is subject to the final design which is at the whims of the customer. Not wanting to let him off the hook, we pressed further and were told that the average 20m will be roughly €1.65M ($2.2M) and the 24m will be approx. €2.2M ($3.3M) (excludes VAT). Not bad for a steel hulled custom-built yacht in this class. For more information on the Steelyachts line, contact Micael Ullerteg, Steelyachts’ International Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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