Even lobster boats are evolving, as the new Zeelander 5 demonstrates. The external lines remain classic, but the on-board solutions combine the very latest technology. This can be seen both in navigation and on-board life. What does this mean? It means that having an elegant boat doesn’t mean it has to be “uncomfortable” from a practical point of view. Form and function therefore find their synthesis in a 14.7-meter unit that is all about living.
With this boat, Zeelander wants to apply its entire philosophy to a new model in which every aspect can be managed by the crewless owner. The elegant line hides a sporty heart as this boat is able to reach up to 45 knots of speed in the most powerful version. There are sunbathing areas both fore and aft while the wheelhouse can guarantee maximum privacy thanks to the tinted windows.
Zeelander 5 – Deck
Starting from the stern, this boat is immediately characterized by the large opening bathing platform which is a good six square metres. This area gives instant access to the water or a relaxation area on the sea. On board there are side entrance doors and a gangway to make it easy to get on and off when in port.
As a comfort area, the bow of the Zeelander 5 is also not to be underestimated. Equipped with an optional awning and sundeck it allows you to have two “relaxation” areas on board, one at the bow and one at the stern, ideal for when you also have guests on board.
The Zeelander 5 can be opened for the summer months with a sunroof and retractable sliding window at the stern (all electrically operated), or sealed for cool winter cruising.
Zeelander 5 – Sleeping zone
The guest area on the lower deck consists of two cabins. The master cabin is located in the centre of the boat and is the largest in terms of size. It is large enough to also have a separate head, with Corian marble, macassar wood panelling and portholes. In the master suite there is a table and a double bed with a TV above. There is also another guest cabin on board, either a twin or a double as required.
Zeelander 5 – Propulsion
Imagine you set off in the morning at dawn in summer, in a flat sea. At this point you start to accelerate more and more, until you reach 30 knots. Well, at this speed, in about 12 hours, you could sail from Saint-Tropez to Ibiza and still have (in ideal conditions) a hundred miles of range left. These calculations, estimated on the configuration with three IPS 650 pods, give an idea of how this Zeelander powerboat is designed to navigate even longer routes without problems.
The Zeelander 5’s power options include two or three Volvo Penta IPS 500 or 650 pods, for a maximum of 1,440hp. Volvo’s Assisted Docking technology makes every manoeuvre easy, especially when mooring. Maximum speed is 45 knots, but the boat can also travel long distances on a single tank – the Zeelander Z5’s estimated maximum range is 1,333 nm at 6 knots.
Zeelander 5 – Specifications
DESIGN, BUILD, ENGINEERING: Zeelander Yachts
LENGTH OVERALL: 14.7m / 48.3 feet
BEAM: 4.3m / 14.1 feet
DRAFT: 0.96m/ 3.1 feet
CONSTRUCTION: Vacuum infused – vinylester GRP
ENGINES: Twin Volvo Penta IPS 500, 650 or Triple 650
TOP SPEED: 30-45 knots
RANGE: 455 Nautical Miles at 30 knots.
SOUND LEVELS: 70dBA at top speed, 46dBA at anchor