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Brief Summary

If you had to design your own yacht, what would it look like? What if you were given a hull form and some sample layouts? Of course then it would be much easier to picture yourself in the boat and decide if it’s right for you or not. You would have the ability to enlarge a cabin by sacrificing the one next door, move a bulkhead to open up a room more, or even add a bulkhead to turn one room into two. The choice is yours on a Steelyachts, a Dutch company that has built more than 400 fully customized yachts.

Key Features

  • Grade 42 shipbuilding steel
  • Sea water resistant aluminium
  • 4 bulkheads
  • Transverse framing every approx. 40 cm
  • Longitudinal framing for the side hull plating every approx. 35cm
  • The entire main deck (aft deck, gang board and fore deck) is covered with teak
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 63' 4''
    Beam 18' 4''
    5.60 m
    Dry Weight
    32 tonnes
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 4' 9''
    1.45 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 1,109 gal.
    4,200 L
    Water Capacity 317 gal.
    1,200 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 825-hp IVECO
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Available as the customer wishes
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    Captain's Report

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    When ordering your Steelyacht, be prepared to take a long hard look at the type of cruising you intend to do, as the entire layout will be built around your specific use.

    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    Just one look at the scantlings on this boat will tell you how rugged she is. Below the waterline, hull plating is 5mm and above the waterline, hull and deck plating are 4mm grade 42 steel. The keel plating is 10 mm steel.

    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    We love the reverse raked transom and there are stairs to either side leading to the cockpit deck. Notice the stainless rail going up the starboard stairs. These lead straight to another set of stairs to the flying bridge.


    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    Notice the circular seating at the bow. The passerelle also serves to launch and retrieve the tender.
    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    Notice how all the rail stanchions lean forward towards the bow. You can see the stainless bollards at the bow and cleats amidships. Check out the wide flair to the bow.


    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    With such an open layout, we’d love to see a handrail running the length of the overhead. The stairs aft and to starboard lead to the master and one guest stateroom. Stairs forward lead to the two additional guest cabins.


    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    A large galley neatly conceals most of the appliances in cabinetry while allowing for storage overhead.

    Below Decks

    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    A king size bed occupies the center of the master stateroom. Note the vanity to the far side.
    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    The ensuite master head is equally roomy and includes ceramic tile flooring and an acrylic surrounded shower. Don’t forget, the decks are radiant heated.

    Forward VIP

    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    While comfortable, the forward VIP lacks overhead storage that could easily occupy the dead space.

    Flying Bridge

    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.

    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    The entertainment center lies just aft of the flybridge helm.
    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    The flying bridge helm is a work of art in and of itself. Digital controls to starboard and bow/stern thruster controls to port. We would have asked the builder to put the thruster controls beside the engine controls, on the same side of the wheel.
    Steelyachts Superior 2000
    Steelyachts tells us that the twin 825-hp IVECO engines give a top speed of 30kts.

    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

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Standard
    GPS/Chart Standard
    Radar Standard
    VHF Radio Standard


    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Standard
    Generator Standard


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