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In Build: Super Lauwersmeer SLX54

The Dutch-built, steel-hulled SLX54 looks to combine tradition with modern innovation and elegance.

Designed with “revolutionary innovations” as well as traditional aspects, Super Lauwersmeer’s new flagship, the SLX54, is intended for long passages. An open transom and near-vertical, axe bow makes the SLX54 an elegant, eye-catching yacht.

The boat is named SLX54 for a reason. While SL stands for Super Lauwersmeer, the X emphasizes the crossover of multiple yacht concepts, as the vessel combines a flybridge, large cockpit (with open transom for a large beach club), and aft cabin all in one.

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Even more innovative is the hull of the SLX54, which is said to be a synthesis of a displacement hull and a traditional, planing hull. Dubbed FDHF MC (Fast Displacement Hull Form Multi Chine), the design utilizes the advantages of steel displacement while also having the ability to maintain a respectable turn of speed. 

“Not only is this the first multi-chine vessel with an underwater hull, developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, but it is also the first steel yacht of this size to be built,” the builder says in a statement.

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The two-stateroom, two-bath yacht comes in at 54 feet in length (beam, displacement, fuel, and water capacity have yet to be released), representing the final piece of the name. Twin, 270-hp engines will be fitted to Hull No. 1, which will give the SLX54 a top speed of 12 knots and an economical cruise speed of around 8 knots. While it hasn’t been released yet, there will be a highly efficient hybrid model that is speedier, capable of reaching 15 knots. 

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“With the unveiling of the name and a significant sneak peek of the full design, we are now heading towards unveiling all the details,” says Super Lauwersmeer’s owner, Bastiaan Jousma.

Hull No. 1 is slated to splash in early fall. 

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