The Zeelander 6 successfully evokes both the classic nautical chops that a modern watercraft lover desires and the nostalgic sense of grace of its bows, with their flared curves that are downright addictive. The designer and builder, who is located in the Netherlands, recently unveiled three yachts in a series.
Last fall, the yard unveiled a new model that is interesting to consider as a stand-alone recreation ticket or possibly a bigger tender. The 56-foot-6’s bulwarks are a case of high drama, much like the lengthier, Porsche-inspired Z72, and the impact is similar to gazing at the exquisite grand tourers of the postwar era.
Electric sunshades are provided for passengers in the 6’s cabin, which also has automated trim control, a very handy feature. The arrangement of the living area positions a lounge between a three-stool bar and the diving platform/sunlounge, which is something of an engineering achievement. The vessel can reportedly maintain a sound level of under 72 decibels while traveling at a top speed of up to 40 knots.
The layout of the two cabins below is also excellent. The design is plainly conventional, but overtly so. The execution throughout the boat is dominated by matte finishes, with just the right amount of warmth to serve as a nod to earlier maritime eras.