You certainly can’t say that Bas Lengers is aiming too low. Indeed, Lengers, the founder of Stratos Yachts, says, “with complete confidence,” that his new Dutch Built 50 “is the most seaworthy vessel in her class.”
Lengers just started Stratos after spending 40 years as the head of Lengers Yachts, a yacht dealer in the Netherlands. The company has been in his family for three generations.
But he wanted to start a new brand to showcase what he calls iconic Dutch craftsmanship, unparalleled seaworthiness, and exceptional strength and finish. Lengers worked with Bernd Weel, the Dutch designer, and Sea Level, the Dutch naval architects, on his new boat. The resulting Dutch Built 50, the company says, “is ready to tackle the toughest conditions with ultimate ease.”
The new boat is built to handle 13-foot waves and gale force winds. Even the wet bar is described as “indestructible.”
The Dutch Built 50 has an extra-strong, high-end composite hull. The superstructure is made of carbon fiber for light weight and to keep the center of gravity low.
Standard power is twin 480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives; twin 600-hp IPS800s are options. Cruising speed with the standard power is 32 knots; top speed is 36 knots, and the range is 450 nm.
The low-profile cruiser has walkaround decks and high bulwarks, with the usual large sun pad on the foredeck and a supersized sun pad on the aft deck. The helm deck is protected by a carbon-fiber hardtop with a sun roof. The pilot seats are ergonomic with shock absorption built in. Two cabins and one head are below.
Stratos is offering a high degree of customization on the Dutch Built 50. Owners can choose from 25 different hull colors and three for the interior. Production will be limited to insure high quality.
Specs.: LOA: 48’1”; Beam: 14’6”; Draft: 4’1”; Disp.: 40,000 lbs.; Fuel: 554 gals.; Water: 132 gals.; Power: 2x480hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives. Read more: