Our island is used to welcoming some impressive new yachts but there’s been a real buzz among those who’ve spotted one of the very first examples of a striking new range by Dutch yard Van der Valk. As these exclusive images show, the BeachClub’s promise to revolutionise onboard leisure space inside and out has been well kept. And we’re delighted that Alvaro has made Palma her home port!
Take a look at the size of that aft deck… Have you ever seen such an inviting and expansive space on a 20.50-metre motoryacht? The answer has to be no as the BeachClub 660 Flybridge Alvaro showcases the largest example to date of a radical new concept. In hindsight it seems strange that no-one else came up with the idea of placing an engine room beneath the swimming platform area on the aft deck, but it is the innovative folk at Van der Valk who have pioneered this arrangement.
Close to the water
The BeachClub range was developed in partnership with two other leading lights of the Dutch yachting world, Ginton Naval Architects and designer Cor D. Rover. The starting point for these ingenious motoryachts was to optimise the experience of living close to the water. A sweeping shift in spatial thinking freed up an unprecedented amount of uninterrupted room on the lower deck.
As a result, Alvaro has three fabulous outdoor spaces: a 17 m² beach deck and sun lounge, a 17 m² aft deck and a vast 25 m² foredeck. As you can see, these al fresco delights do not come at the expense of the indoor volume. Au contraire, Alvaro’s interior comprises a main deck salon/wheelhouse spanning some 21 m² and a lower deck lounge with a galley/dinette that measures 27 m².
Although it’s all too easy to imagine taking this yacht out on some wonderful day trip adventures around Mallorca, she also has some very spacious accommodations covering a total of 44 m² for longer stays onboard. These include a deluxe owners’ suite, two twin guest cabins and a crew cabin. Large windows and sliding doors in both salons and the owners’ suite open up panoramic views on the world.
Built entirely in aluminium, Alvaro has a smooth, contemporary profile, with glass inserts in the hull adding to the elegant exterior. She is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS-1050 engines with IPS 2 propellers, giving her an impressive top speed of 30 knots. Noise levels have been superbly attenuated by the Dutch engineers, with special sound-generating equipment fitted inside the swim platform.
Delivered last summer, Alvaro is the second of the BeachClub line to be launched to date. The first was a 600 version that won the 2019 World Yachts Trophy as ‘Most Innovative Yacht’ and was a finalist in the European Powerboat of the Year Awards. A number of other BeachClub models have been sold, including one to the United States, so we can expect to see more of these fine motoryachts in and around Palma in the years ahead.