Quiet at the helm
Fully featured galley
Stylish and useful on-deck hardware
The 52’s curved lines
Sleek with broad shoulders
She’s stout and sultry? How’d they make that happen?
These were my initial thoughts as the all-aluminum, Dutch-built Van der Heijden 52 caught my gaze quayside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If boat sections could speak, her plumb bow might say it’s ready to slice and dice sloppy seas, while her broad shoulders would be more likely to bellow, “It’s clobbering time!” She proposes quite an intriguing juxtaposition, one that the builder and the 52’s champion stateside, Dick Phillips, know how to do well.
Phillips, whose father, Herbert, founded Striker Yachts, has a lifetime of experience creating aluminum boat lines with companies like Heesen, Diaship and others. And over the last 20 years, Van der Heijden has built and sold more than 400 boats to a global market. In fact, my test 52 is Hull No. 2.