21 Apr Steeler Yachts unveils unique FD55 S-design with split level and flybridge
Steeler Yachts in the Netherlands has unveiled a striking new addition to the award-winning S-design Performance line. The FD55, project name “Flyday”, is a unique concept that combines the dynamic lines of a pure powerboat with a full width flybridge and a huge lower deck space in a split-level setup. The 16.8 metre long racing monster is less than three metres high and still offers a remarkably spacious interior.
Having recently won the European Powerboat of the Year award for her custom-made long-distance cruiser Li-Janne, the makers at Steeler Yachts have come up with another groundbreaking idea. The all-aluminium FD55 “Flyday” has been granted a patent for the way it combines a full-beam flybridge with a spacious one-deck interior in a slim sports boat design.
It also benefits from another patented Steeler innovation: The S-design hull of the shipyard with its steep bow offers a top speed of 40 knots, low fuel consumption, a minimal amount of splashing water and a very spacious interior.
Hans Webbink, founder and CEO of Steeler Yachts, is a tireless trendsetter. The original inspiration for the ‘Flyday’ is a typical example of how fresh ideas come to light at Steeler. “In the summer of 2017, we accepted a flybridge boat from another brand for a partial exchange for a new Steeler,” he recalls. “As Steeler did not offer a flybridge model at the time, I took her out of the Med to get a feel for these types of cruises. I was impressed by the feeling of freedom and space provided by a wide beam flybridge, but I was less charmed by the fact that I was so high.”
Webbink wondered why flybridge yachts always have three decks. Especially now that glass can be used on the lower deck. Together with the design team, Steeler Yachts designed a new flybridge concept that combines the traditional main deck and the lower deck into a single floor.
Day and night
In some ways, the Flyday can be seen as the ultimate day boat with a foredeck, aft deck and – just four steps up – the flybridge. With its spacious interior, the Flyday is also ideal for longer trips on board. As with the other motor yachts, Steeler Yachts is open to full customisation. The shipyard has already drawn up three possible interior layouts with accommodation for two to six people.
Construction starts in May
The FD55 S design is in the final stage of development and Steeler Yachts will start construction in May.
More information on www.steeleryachts.com