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Brief Summary

Building in steel has many advantages: Steel boats are strong, long-lasting, osmosis-free and easy to repair. But one advantage is often overlooked: Because they are built without molds or other expensive tooling that locks-in many aspects of the design, steel boats are easy to customize, too. One builder that's making the most of this is VanDerHeijden Steelyachts in The Netherlands. VanDerHeijden is a master at creating elegant smaller boats in steel, and from what we can see, the yard's Dynamic De Luxe 1700 will do nothing but enhance their reputation.

Key Features


Length Overall
17.3 m
5.35 m
Dry Weight 35 tonnes
Tested Weight N/A
1.40 m
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom N/A
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity
3000 L
Water Capacity
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power 2 x 220-hp
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Available as the customer wishes
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Captain's Report

VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
Twin 220-hp diesels are the standard power for the 55' Dynamic De Luxe 1700. That doesn't sound like much compared to most yachts this size, but it's plenty for cruising at semi-displacement speeds. For folks living in warm climates, an open bridge is optional.

A Boat for Leisurely Cruising

We think of the Dynamic De Luxe 1700 not as a big small boat, but a small big one. Its graceful lines and clean styling suggest a yacht for folks who want to enjoy leisurely cruising in genteel comfort on a well-found, reliable vessel built to high European CE standards. Not everyone can afford a Feadship, but the Dynamic De Luxe 1700 is something of a mini-version of those fine megayachts. It would be ideal for cruising the North Sea ports, into the Baltic, around the British Isles or down the coast towards Gibraltar and the Med. We'd set ours up for long-term living aboard for just a few folks; you can have yours with more cabins and bring a crowd of friends along. That’s the advantage of building a custom yacht: You can have it your way.

VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
The helm is essentially a command pod, set far enough aft to afford the skipper an overview of the saloon as well as the ship’s course. The bench seat to starboard is a perfect perch for kibitzers. We’d like more room for electronics, though: On a yacht like this, we want big screens! But we also want a view of windmills, too.

Built as Strong As Steel

The Dutch have been building in steel for generations, both big boats and small. In the days of wooden boatbuilding, the Dutch, living in a tree-challenged country, were already masters with steel. So it’s no surprise that VanDerHeijden would work in that material. And since steel requires no tooling for interior structures, the yard has the option of changing the arrangement of each of their boats to suit the client – each boat is individually built anyway, even ones that are identical. That’s the nature of steel, or let’s say “non-fiberglass,” boatbuilding.Fiberglass is an economical material for building production boats, but it requires expensive tooling for shaping and complex methods for balancing weight, stiffness and strength. In production building, tooling expenses are spread over many hulls, and materials expenses offset by quick assembly: A fiberglass hull that can be laid up in days might take weeks to weld in steel or aluminum.

VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
The saloon lies forward of and a few steps lower than the bridge. Beyond is passage to the galley and guest stateroom.

Steel is inherently an excellent material for shipbuilding. It’s strong and tough and can take tremendous abuse without serious damage; that’s why most commercial boats are built of steel. If you hit something it’s nice to have a hull that bounces off rather than cracks or shatters. If you like snooping around in shallow water, and/or live in an area with lots of rocks or reefs, a steel hull is an excellent stress-reliever.There are many different grades of steel, some suitable for ships, others not. VanDerHeijden uses Grade 42 shipbuilding steel, 5 mm plating for the hull, 4 mm for deck and superstructure. The keel is 10 mm. There are four main bulkheads and intermediate frames every 40 cm. Galvanic protection comes from traditional zinc anodes welded to the bottom. The yacht is built to CE Class B requirements, but can be upgraded to Class A for an extra 5,000 Euros, probably worth it for insurance and resale purposes even if you don’t plan to venture offshore in heavy weather.

VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
The galley is several steps below the saloon; there’s a semi-circular dinette opposite. It’s completely equipped with the usual appliances, plus a washer/dryer and dishwasher. An Onan genset provides power underway.

Accommodations To Suit

Buying a yacht from VanDerHeijden Steelyachts is a process, not an event. Each yacht is built on order, to standards outlined in an 11-page specification document. The specs cover construction techniques, propulsion, equipment, controls, ship’s systems, auxiliary systems, electrics, insulation, paneling (cherry or teak are available), even docklines and fenders. But no arrangement plan – that’s worked up for each client. The photos shown here are of a recent Dynamic De Luxe 1700; your boat can be just the same, or something completely different.

VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
Here’s the profile and layout for a recent Dynamic Deluxe 1700, exterior and lower decks. Your arrangement can be much different. Maybe you want a flying bridge instead of an enclosed helm, or V-berths forward, or an office in place of the midships guest cabin. Buying a Dynamic yacht involves more than just writing a check: It’s a project.
VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
Interior joinery can be teak or cherry. The full-beam master stateroom, shown here, is aft, separated from the rest of the vessel by a large ensuite head and a guest cabin with two single berths. A forward stateroom has an island double berth and head; with twin berths instead, it would be an ideal cabin for kids or single friends.
VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
In this layout, the master head is huge – we think the photographer shot this while sitting on the bidet. We like the shower stall with the sexy frosted-glass doors, and the long counter for arranging toiletries.


The Dynamic 1700 De Luxe has most of what you need included in its base price. We’d add a watermaker and air conditioning, and replace the electric bow thruster with a hydraulic model. A hydraulic stern thruster is also optional, and would probably come in handy more often than you think. We’d add stabilizers, power assist to the steering, and a davit or other means to handle a RIB. Autopilot, radar and plotter are included as standard. These are about all the listed options, although anything else you want can probably be added.Caution: VanDerHeijden Steelyachts also builds a Dynamic 1700, a similar-named and similar-sized yacht to the De Luxe (a little narrower, though), but one that’s really much different. The “regular” Dynamic has a displacement hull, less flared bow and a single engine. Don’t confuse the two yachts.

VDH Steelyachts DD 1700
Making steel look as smooth as this demands a lot of painstaking, time-consuming, expensive work. Craftsmen fill the surfaces with epoxy putty, sand it smooth, then fill and sand again until it’s perfect. Then it’s primed, faired again where needed, and topcoated with Awlgrip. Keep the yacht clean and salt-free, and the Awlgrip won’t need repainting for many years.

Our Recommendation

We love steel yachts, so for us the Dynamic De Luxe 1700 is a no-brainer. If we had the cash, Van Der Heijden would already have our order. Base price for the pilothouse version is 791,000 Euros, plus VAT. An open bridge version starts at 752,000 Euros, also ex-VAT. Both prices will rise with customization; to find out how far they’ll go, consult with the builder. We suspect the sky is the limit, since the opportunity for custom work is high when building in steel. But the yacht you get will be exactly what you want, and not just another in a long line of production boats. We’d budget 1,000,000 Euros and go for it.

Standard and Optional Features


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