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Brief Summary

Thankfully there is a builder addressing the “middle market” of cruising boats with a high-quality customizable yacht. It is VanDerHeijden in Holland, a company that has earned a reputation for building steel yachts in the 11 to 33 meter range (36’ to 108’) for discerning yachtsman who do not want (or need) a megayacht, yet would like to own a quality steel vessel with fine-yacht interior wood finishing. In other words, if you would rather not own a production fiberglass boat, here is a terrific option. Finding a yard to build such a boat is not easy because most yards that can build in steel and that have a cadre of good cabinet makers chose to go for the big bucks and build megayachts or even superyachts. Happily, VanDerHeijden specializes in a niche that has always been the traditional size for most wealthy yachtsmen – the mid-range. Let us look at a 13.5 m (45’) design that is ideal for genteel cruising.

Key Features


Length Overall 44' 5''
13.5 m
Beam 13' 11''
4.25 m
Dry Weight
13 tonnes
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 7''
1.10 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 132 gal.
500 L
Water Capacity 105 gal.
400 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.

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Captain's Report

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
Dutch craftsmanship has gone into this 13.50 meter (45’) motoryacht which is powered by a single 150-hp IVECO diesel. At 269,000 Euros ($336,250 US) excl. VAT, she is one of the best values in the world, in our opinion.

Truth be told, most of the time large cruising yachts are not taken on long voyages, nor do they go roaring down a coast at maximum speed, day after day. Most yachts are used for entertaining, and “social” cruising with friends, clients, and family in the afternoon and evenings during the summer season. Along the Riviera in the summer time, yachts -- no matter how large – rarely stray more than a few miles from their home ports of Antibes, St. Tropez, Cannes, or Santa Margarita, and are used primarily from noon until dark. So while much is made in the yachting press about boats that can go fast, or which can sleep 16 people and are five decks high, in fact vessels of this sort have little or nothing to do with the pasttime of yachting, and have more to do, in most cases, with an owner’s desire to display the magnitude of his personal wealth. We like to think that true yachtsmen have a different motivation for boat ownership – and that is to go yachting. For these individuals, the VanDerHeijden 1350 is built.

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
The salon of the 1350. She has a 4.25 m (13’10”) beam. We would prefer that the helm instrument panel be lower to aid visibility.

The Mission

This steel motoryacht is designed to transport a party of guests in comfort for afternoon or evening cruises, or two couples on longer cruises at a leisurely pace. Further, the vessel is intended for yachtsmen (and yachtswomen) who appreciate the traditions of the sport and the finer points of yacht construction. The boat is intended to be used on rivers, lakes, canals, and coastal areas where a displacement boat and displacement speeds are the requirement.

Attributes of the 1350

Of course the major attributes of the boat are she is built in steel and she has a finely finished cherry interior. The single 150-hp diesel engine will be economical to operate. A 7 kw Onan generator is standard, as is and has a heating system that pipes hot water below decks and to radiators. Air conditioning is optional.

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
The large aft doors of the salon bring the outside in.

Construction and Design

VanDerHeijden yachts are surprisingly low priced given that they are built in steel. Because all of the engineering and design work has already been done, a major item of the price for a custom boat is eliminated. So while the boat can be customized, all of the major systems and construction details have already been engineered. The 1350 has a hard chine hull and keel which protects the single prop.Before painting the entire vessel, from hull plate to frames and tubing, is sand blasted. Then all surfaces, both interior and exterior, are painted with two coats of primer, except the deck and the engine room which receive one coat.

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
This close-up of the aft deck shows how huge the space actually is. This is a great place to seat friends for an evening cruise around the harbor.

Like all aluminum and steel yachts no matter what the size or cost, all of the joints, seams, and other “imperfections” are filled with epoxy material and faired before finish painting. The beautiful exterior finish is Awlgrip. All interior surfaces, including the engine room, are finished with from one to three layers of polyurethane paint.The entire vessel above the waterline is insulated with isolation foam and Rockwool. The 1350 meets or exceeds all CE requirements.

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
The standard forward cabin. Cabinets above are ideal for stowing things such as polo shirts, underwear and personal items.


Since the 1350 can be customized, accommodations are up to the buyer. In the boat seen in this report, the master stateroom was forward, a guest stateroom with bunks share a single head with shower. On the main deck we find the helm to starboard and opposite is the galley. Abaft the galley on the port side is the settee and opposite that on the starboard side are cabinets for storage, TV, and stereo. The aft deck is large and can seat a dozen people. In the pictures seen here the boat has cruising canvas and isinglass side curtains to keep guests warm and dry.

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
The galley is tight and definitely short of counter space. The refer is under the two-burner cooktop. Obviously this galley is limited to breakfast and lunch. Dinner should be eaten ashore, which is one of the joys of cruising.


VanDerHeijden will install nearly any appropriate engine you desire. However, the yard prefers IVECO diesels, which it says are quieter and offer less vibration than some other brands. VanDerHeijden connects the engine’s transmission to the prop by means of a Python Drive, a European coupling system that tolerates uneven shaft alignment and protects the transmission in case of certain accidents. The boat comes standard with both a bow and stern thruster. The units are 50 kgf and are electrical.

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
The 1350’s one head is shared by the owner and guests. We like the separate shower stall.


We think that the applications for the 1350 are wide ranging, so long as speed is not required. While the boat shown here was built for northern Europe, the builder can modify its design for a customer in the tropics. At 260,000 Euros, excluding VAT, ($336,250 @ $1.25= 1 Euro) the VanDerHeijden 1350 is possibly the lowest priced new boat of its size you will find anywhere in the world, production or custom, fiberglass or steel. Given the obvious strength of steel vs. fiberglass, the ease of maintenance and the overall simplicity of the boat’s systems we find the 1350 both a good value to buy and economical to operate. For yachtsmen who want a boat built in something other than glass, VanDerHeijden should be on theirr short list.

VDH Steelyachts Exclusive 1350
This yacht can sit proudly in front of any yacht club in the world.

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