Van der Valk Teams Up With Vripack For Meteor Concept

By Heather Collier

Netherlands-based shipyard Van der Valk is now in collaboration with design studio Vripack to bring a ground-breaking design that "defies all convention" to life. The luxurious 25m Meteor is setting a new benchmark in the fast-paced weekender market, allowing owners to head offshore in considerable style with her impressive range of inland water options.

Originally unveiled in February of this year, Project Meteor had not quite yet left the drawing board stage. After months of development, crucial lessons have been learned in the design process, and the wider public are now able to view the in-depth plans of Dutch powerhouses Van der Valk and Vripack.

At a modest 25m, Van der Valk still insist on breaking the norm by meeting bespoke demands. Meteor will offer an exceptional top speed of at least 40 knots due to a powerful blend of triple Rolls Royce MTUs with water jets. To achieve such a rapid pace, every aspect of efficiency has been meticulously calculated and engineered.

However, she is far more than just a "speed machine", Meteor was designed with intelligent thinking. The stern is inspired by sports cars and largely dispenses with the traditional aft deck. The transom itself serves as a swim platform when opened and combines with the interior space to create a large beach club and winter garden depending on the season. 

Other highlights include two three-metre sliding roofs; offering guests the option for sun or shade both here and in the bridge area of the foredeck lounge, all part of a unique deployment of space that is enhanced by liberal use of glass in the superstructure.

Her interior is no less spectacular. Meteor's ergonomic layout embraces flow of movement and is very pleasing to the eye. The main salon features a sleek, polished dining area and bar, while the lower deck features two full-beam double suites with bathrooms. Each bed is angled to provide panoramic views out to sea.

Vripack has put together a stunning textual mix of satin and gloss finishes with gunmetal black diamond stitched leathers and blue velvet surfaces. The window frames also feature an eggshell-white textile, with all materials ensured to be sustainably and locally sourced.

Dubbed as the "guiding star", this innovative vessel seamlessly supplies a growing demand for well-designed boats on which families can explore in isolation, safety and comfort at their own leisure. Weekenders, getaways and trips to and from your summer house simply won't be complete without Meteor lighting the way.


By Heather Collier