Drettmann’s new 24 m Explorer Yacht keel laying at Acico

A new era for the Drettmann company has begun with the keel laying of a 24 m Explorer yacht at the Dutch Acico shipyard in Enkhuizen. For the first time, the Drettmann Explorer is being manufactured in Europe. So far, 25 Bandido Explorer and 300 Elegance motor yachts have been built in shipyards in Taiwan. With the Dutch manufacturing location, Claudia and Albert Drettmann reconnect with the early days of their company. Up until the nineties, the Drettmann company sold 750 Neptunus motor yachts and from 1977 until 1989, the steel hulls of their DD yachts were procured from the Netherlands. Yacht building has a long tradition in the Netherlands. Dutch shipyards such as Acico Yachts in Enkhuizen, with its motivated and highly qualified personnel are held in high regard throughout the world. The additional advantage for the German owner of the 24 m long Drettmann Explorer – he previously owned an Elegance yacht – is that he can follow the progress of the construction of his vessel during visits, which are only a short trip away and can see how far the construction has come.

Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24
The Explorer, designed by Drettmann Yachts and Focus Yacht Design, based on the specifications and built in accordance with the CE A regulations with a round steel hull and aluminium superstructures, will feature diesel-electric POD drive systems. It has been designed for a top speed of 13 kn and a maximum range of 5,000 sm. This also applies to the generously dimensioned storage space, which is required for long sea voyages. The garage for a Williams 445 tender, a SeaDoo RXP are maintained in the forecastle below the raised main deck and are launched with the use of a 1.2 t crane. As a result, the space common on motor yachts of this size at the aft of the bottom deck can be used for a beach club with a lounge and sauna directly next to the swimming platform. The three cabins for the owner and guests are arranged amidships – precisely where the passengers are ensured to have the calmest sleep during their voyage. The crew quarters with their own passageway to the wheelhouse will connect to the forecastle. In order to dampen vibrations and reduce noise, the floors, ceilings and walls will be mounted in a flexible manner.

The new line of the Drettmann Explorer Yacht with its striking appearance – compact on the outside and extraordinarily spacious on the inside due to offset levels – was created for owners, who above all want to own a proper ship. A vessel, whose elevated prow will repel splash water and waves far away. However, also a ship that leaves nothing to be desired in regard to storage space, for instance for diving equipment and jet skis. And additionally a vessel, which on the inside enables a stylish and comfortable life onboard due to its exclusive interior, selected by Claudia Drettmann in cooperation with the designer Birgit Schnaase. A particular highlight will be the large, pleasant eating and living area on the main deck. On top of the 54 m2 large flying deck there is an outside steering position, two couch areas, a bar with a BBQ and storage for deck chairs.

With the laying of the keel, ACICO Yachts director Christian Bolinger was euphoric about the new collaboration with Drettmann Yachts and their keen sense for the potential of a shipyard. The Drettmann family has once before helped a Taiwanese shipyard in achieving sensational success and in good years took delivery of 80 per cent of the annual production. In the meanwhile, the number of employees in Taiwan increased from 50 to 1,300. Christian Bolinger is convinced that his Dutch shipyard will be able to achieve great things in the future together with Drettmann Yachts. He was already full of praise: “The cooperation has already been very pleasant during the preparatory phase – Drettmann Yachts provided the design and essential specifications, we complemented this with the engineering knowledge of our shipyard.”

Main technical specifications Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24

Length overall23.90 m
Waterline length21.13 m
Width6.76 m
Draughtapprox. 2.20 m
Displacementapprox. 135 t
Registered tonnage<250 GT
Top speedapprox. 13 kn
Range max.approx. 5000 sm / at 8 kn
Diesel engines3 x diesel generator, each with 225 ekW/50 Hz + 1x 27 ekW/50 Hz
DriveAzimuth POD, Engtek
ClassificationCE A
StabiliserZero Speed
Tank capacities (approx.)Fuel 18,000 l, fresh water 2,000 l, black and greywater: 800 l
DesignDrettmann Yachts / Focus Yacht Design
ConstructionDrettmann Yachts
Interior designClaudia Drettmann / Schnaase Interior Design Consultancy
DistributionDrettmann Yachts GmbH
Arberger Hafendamm 22
D-28309 Bremen,
Tel. + 49 (0) 421 566070
Fax: +49 (0) 421 56607600,

About Drettmann Yachts
Drettmann Yachts looks back on 43 successful years in the yacht business. The company from Bremen, Germany, does not only offer a sales programme of new yachts, but also a wide range of pre-owned boots, technical services and in-depth advice as well as attractive terms and conditions in showrooms that are heated in winter for yachts of sizes of up to 100 t and 15 m in height. > more about Drettmann Yachts

About Acico Yachts
The Acico Yachts name was introduced by the investor of the shipyard, who is the owner of a large building company in the Arabian region with Acico Industries, which enjoys an excellent reputation. The shipyard is located in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, and since its founding in 2010 has been headed by the Swiss design engineer Christian Bolinger. Before this, for 13 years he worked on a number of yachts as a design engineer at his own yacht design company Naval Design.  Christian Bolinger read shipbuilding and yacht design in Southampton. With Christian Bolinger, a specialist joined the company as a manager in the shipyard, who is particularly qualified in regard to the technical aspects of the business and was able to move things ahead in this aspect. For instance, additional engineers were hired, which now in collaboration with the assembly staff construct the entire complex pipe work of the large motor yachts as well as their engine rooms up to the smallest detail with 3D software. This increases the efficiency during construction and ultimately leads to a higher motivation of the assembly personnel.

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Laying of the keelDuring the laying of the keel on August 11th 2013, Claudia and Albert Drettmann (right and left) sealed the cooperation with Christian Bolinger of ACICO Yachts (mid).
Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24Drettmann Explorer Yacht 24: This is how the Drettmann Explorer will appear on the ocean in around 14 months
Sectional view DEY24MAnd this will be the appearance of the interior
A coin as lucky charmThe owner welds the steel himself: The owner shown as he welds a coin with the doom of Cologne imprinted at the keel. As usually the name of the owner is top secret – under the safety helmet he is not visibly, too