World debut of the DutchCraft 56

DutchCraft is the sister brand of Zeelander Yachts

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue, Boats Drivemag

The first model from the Dutch builder is the ideal vessel for owners seeking ultimate versatility.

The 17-metre DutchCraft 56 is everything from exploration platform, toy carrier and sports fisher to party boat, comfortable family cruiser and support vessel. Owners can rest easy knowing their yacht will take them anywhere, from hosting a stylish party in Miami to exploring remote islands in the South Pacific. The boat offers maximum recreational value combined with minimalist design and stress-free maintenance.

The vision for the yacht was born from the experiences of Sietse Koopmans, owner and founder of DutchCraft, while he cruised the world on his 37.8-meter (127-foot) explorer superyacht, Zeepaard.

“During my travels, I wondered, I spend money on my yacht; what do I want in return?” commented Koopmans, who comes from a long family line of inland shipping business owners. “I want to be able to invite all my friends, take them onboard to explore the world, have maximum recreational value and spend a minimal amount on maintenance.”

A family-run business, DutchCraft is the sister brand to Zeelander Yachts, the Netherlands-based builder of sports cruiser yachts with elegant profiles of classic New York fast commuters

The spacious flybridge features a large dining table, with seating that converts to a large sun pad to the rear. There is a wet bar and double-width seating at the navigation station. The main deck has a further dining table, wet bar, double-width navigation station seating, and large sun pads on the foredeck for relaxed lounging at anchor or a thrilling perspective when underway. In total, there is seating for up to 36 guests on board.

On the lower deck, there is an accommodation for up to eight guests, including an ensuite full-beam master cabin.

The DutchCraft 56 can reach top speeds of 40 knots, while still delivering a comfortable ride for guests thanks to a high-performance hull design that cuts through the water. The in-house design and engineering teams decided on a vinylester fibre glass resin material for the hull and superstructure, with a sandwich infusion construction and PVC core.

With an overall length of 17 meters (56.0 feet), the DutchCraft 56 has a beam of 5 meters (16.7 feet) and a draft of under 1 meter (3 feet) on its jet propulsion version, meaning limitless cruising in even shallow waters. Owners can choose between Volvo Penta IPS or Doen jet/John Deere engine propulsion system options.

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue, Boats Drivemag




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