For twenty years René Van Der Velden Yacht Design has performed crea-tive work for private clients and established shipyards, designing motor and sailing yachts in all styles up to 75 metres. In our atelier in Amers-foort, Holland, we have drawn many series-built yachts and fully custom projects.
We call ourselves “Specialists in Elegant Lines,” as we endeavour to give clients total satisfaction—above and below the waterline—within one of the most desirable and costly assets they may ever own. “Elegance” first means well-proportioned lines and curves defining a balanced, timeless exterior. But it also applies to naval architecture that results in low drag and seakindly performance, plus efficient engineering, intelligent layouts, and refined interiors.
Whether we always create “Elegant Lines” is a judgment we leave to cli-ents. But, sometimes we learn from independent sources that we have hit the target admirably, achieving elegance and more. This was the case with our 39.16-metre (128.48-foot) Expedition yacht CaryAli—with the unusual bronze-painted hull—by winning three prestigious awards since her launching by Alloy Yachts in Auckland, New Zealand.
In 2013 CaryAli was named “The Best Power Yacht 24 to 40 Metres” by the International Superyacht Society. In 2014 she was cited by Show-Boats International magazine as having “The Best Exterior Design and Styling for Displacement Motor Yachts 30 to 59.99 Metres,” and she was given the Boat International magazine World Superyacht Award as “The Best Displacement Motoryacht below 500GT.” While these organizations share a desire to recognize high quality yachts, for which we are grateful, we feel it worthwhile to introduce CaryAli through a quote from the Boat International report on the award:
The excitement of this design, the judges agreed, was in her outstand-ing functionality, and to this end they appreciated the classic sheer-line that dominates her profile, along with the high bow and substan-tial mast and crow’s nest. They noted how her owner’s request for a trawler-type yacht with a touch of elegance had been turned into a cab-aft style expedition boat with a sturdy yet modern appearance and plenty of multi-climate, yacht-style outdoor living and entertaining spaces, including ample water access at the stern. The design of mul-tiple wave brakes to protect the bridge deck and the large tenders stowed forward at the owner’s request show thorough understanding of the rigorous type of cruising indicated in the brief.
CaryAli’s steel hull and aluminium superstructure contain an owner’s cabin, two double and two twin guest cabins. Powered by twin Caterpil-lar C32 Acert diesels, CaryAli reaches a top speed of well over 15 knots. She has a 36.03-metre (118.21-foot) waterline, an 8.80-metre (28.87-foot) maximum beam, and a 2.7-metre (8.86-foot) draft. She displaces 440 tonnes and has a 462GT.