Holterman Shipyard has announced the addition of an entertainer’s delight to its award-winning Xtreme series. Details have been released for the first time on the in-build Xtreme 78 Flybridge, which adds a focus on warm-weather cruising to the successful range, and is due for delivery in early 2024. It’s an evolution of Holterman Shipyard’s Xtreme series as the best of its Xtreme 78 Sport model has been used as the basis for the Xtreme 78 Flybridge, in-build at the shipyard’s Meppel facilities.
The sleek Xtreme 78 Sport was designed for cruising Dutch canals and northern waters, with a sophisticated low profile, sporty design and voluminous hull. Designer Bernd Weel has taken that generous hull and striking profile and added a flybridge, with a focus on outdoor living for long hot summers al fresco. It’s a continuation of Xtreme yachts’ ultra-successful entry into the market which began in just 2022. The Xtreme yachts series launched with the Xtreme 105 Lady Fleur which scooped up awards for her ground-breaking technical features. Today’s release of the Xtreme 78 Flybridge marks the fifth order in the series in the year since Lady Fleur’s launch.
Holterman Shipyard’s sales and operational manager, Julian van Santen attributes this extraordinary achievement to the series’ signature of delivering the experience and luxury amenities previously only found on much larger yachts while remaining compact and agile in movement and ability to berth and anchor with little limitation.
“Building on the success of the Xtreme 105, this philosophy has been seamlessly carried over to our subsequent models, including the Xtreme 54, 60, 78 Sport, and now the Xtreme 78 Flybridge. Each of these smaller models has been meticulously designed and built to ensure they satisfy all the needs and desires of a superyacht experience in a more manageable size.”
At 23.9 metres LOA, this yacht will slip under French Riviera anchoring restrictions and her inviting flybridge is a match for that. It’s built for warm weather living with a helm station, wet bar, al fresco dining and multiple sunpad areas.
"The area has been designed for lounging, and has a lot of features to enjoy time gathered with family and friends; including sunbathing, having dinner or drinks alongside the bar, and controlling the yacht from the fully-equipped and well-designed helm station,” says her designer, Bernd Weel. “One of the features I really love are the chaises longues flanking the helm station. These are perfect for lounging when your partner is controlling the yacht during a cruise and give a very social connection. The captain doesn’t have to be alone, and still enjoys a free and unobstructed view forward,” says Weel.
Adding to the overarching sense of openness, the Xtreme 78 Flybridge boasts an electrically-operated sliding roof on the flybridge, elevating the onboard experience, and allowing guests to enjoy the bar under the warm rays of the sun.
The Xtreme 78 Flybridge has retained the sporty character and dynamic look of the Xtreme 78 Sport, with a layout, spacious flybridge and Mediterranean-orientated design and functionality which moves the focus to outdoor living.
The Xtreme series’ rapid success is attributable in part to its ability to meet owner expectations. Lady Fleur won awards for the build and design team’s feat of combining the owner’s wishes for a yacht of 33 metres, which also encompassed an aft drive-in tender bay rising flush to the deck to form an 11 metre pool.
The Xtreme 78 Flybridge continues in this vein. As the build progressed, it emerged the owner enjoys a place to take in peaceful contemplation of the ocean. With this in mind, the team set about adding an individualised spot to suit the moments the owner likes to appreciate on the water.
“We added seating on the stern; a solid bench on the hatch directly located at the swim platform where the owner enjoys sitting, and being very close to the water. Another feature they really liked is the bar on the fly deck. It is covered by a hardtop with a sliding canvas roof and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink with friends,” says Weel.
At 23.9 metres, and with a beam of 6.18 metres, the Xtreme 78 Flybridge has the series’ signature immense interior volume with a full beam master amidships, two twin VIPs and guest cabin forward. With the first yacht in the Xtreme series changing what we expect from superyachts in this size range, the 78 Flybridge is continuing with that technical pedigree.
The Xtreme 78 Flybridge is equipped with an array of advanced technical features including an hydraulically-operated aluminium platform at the stern, capable of lifting a tender of up to 1000kg, watermaker, Humphree All Speed stabilising system, retractable capstans on the foredeck, a telescopic anchor system at the bow, Volvo-Penta dynamic positioning, and Garmin Surround View for comprehensive situational awareness, all bringing large yacht safety to this go-anywhere sized vessel.
“To ensure safety, the yacht is equipped with a thermal FLIR camera in the engine room to monitor systems, while an expanded FLIR thermal imaging camera on the mast adds additional safety for man overboard procedures or identifying hazards during a night watch. Additional amenities include a 22.5 Kw generator, an electric shore power reel, air conditioning, and floor heating throughout the vessel, ensuring comfort in all climates,” says Van Santen. “The Xtreme 78 Flybridge truly embodies a blend of cutting-edge technology, luxury, and innovation, providing an exceptional yachting experience for those who appreciate the finest details.”
The sleek hull lines contain an exceptionally well-spaced yacht. Engine rooms are well-organised and accessible, and the generous flybridge comfortably accommodates up to 12 people for relaxation. Underwater lighting around the vessel adds to the captivating ambiance from on-deck spaces for guests, and powerful engines propel the vessel to exhilarating speeds of 26+ knots.
With the Xtreme 78 Sport delivered in 2022, progress on the Xtreme 78 Flybridge continues apace with the design footprint already in place and proven.
“In collaboration with Bernd Weel, we developed the Xtreme 78 Sport with the foresight to easily transform it into a flybridge variant if desired by future buyers,” says Van Santen. “The X78Fly shares the same structure up to the top of the glazing in the superstructure, and only the construction above the glazing is modified to accommodate the flybridge."
There’s one additional design feature Weel is particularly excited to see come to life onboard the Xtreme 78 Flybridge. Adding to the presence of the yacht, a pair of wings fold from the fly deck, arching out over the walk-around main deck to port and starboard and emphasising the yacht’s beam.
“We added these because of the taller flybridge superstructure. It was needed to regain some balance and to give a stronger appearance. They are mounted in a hanging way from the superstructure, therefore ‘floating’ on the bulwark,” says Weel.
Like other of the Xtreme series' features, it’s not one yacht observers are likely to have seen before, while in the interior each yacht is moulded to owner preference. The Xtreme yachts team challenges itself to achieve an exceptional artisanal interior while incorporating modern technologies.
“We are determined to accelerate our production process without compromising the traditional craftsmanship that defines our interiors. This approach allows us to maintain the authentic and artisanal feel of our interiors while increasing efficiency and precision during manufacturing. Our goal is to seamlessly blend the best of both worlds - preserving the timeless artistry while embracing the advantages of cutting-edge techniques.”
“What stands out aboard the Xtreme yachts is the interior is crafted from solid wood, combined with natural stone or composite materials in the kitchen and bathrooms. We offer a lot of freedom in material choices, including wall coverings, wood types, door hardware, bathroom fittings, and more. This ensures that each customer truly builds their own yacht, creating a unique and comfortable environment that feels like home,” Van Santen adds.
The Xtreme series has a number of signatures which are behind its rapid growth in popularity. These include voluminous hulls, which allow space for maximum system redundancy, with innovative equipment and technology, interiors designed for comfort and enhancing the areas most used by owners.
“The design has struck a chord because it incorporates both sturdiness and elegance,” says Holterman Shipyards’ general director Herman Timmerman. “Based on a proven platform, all kinds of wishes are up for discussion, from the exterior design to the interior and the choice of engines. A hybrid option is on the table too, and we love to innovate with clients by involving them in every step of the process. The Xtreme philosophy is attracting people who appreciate our down-to-earth approach and understand that creating something new takes time, effort and imagination.”
“We are delighted to have been commissioned to build the first Xtreme 78 Flybridge,” says Van Santen. “This achievement fills us with great pride, and building this inaugural model, we hope to attract a wide audience at boat shows, showcasing the craftsmanship and capabilities of Holterman Shipyard. With X- treme yachts, you can expect the same level of exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail as seen in our flagship X105. The carefully sculpted hull designs and thoughtfully laid-out interiors create a sense of grandeur and spaciousness, making your yachting journey an unforgettable one.”