New Dutch company, Keizer Yachts, is to launch its debut craft this summer in the form of a striking 42-foot open cruising boat.

Founded by Jos Brehler and Siep Keizer out of a shared passion for watersports, Keizer Yachts already has a very firm grasp of its intended direction, as Mr Brehler, an experienced entrepreneur in his own right, explains: “We have made the choice from the start to hand over sales and production to specialists.” To that end, they are working alongside renowned Dutch yard, Vripack, in a bid to generate “a beautifully lined yacht with excellent seakeeping, optimal ergonomics and a very practical interior.”

Keizer Yachts 42 – "should be worth the wait"

Keizer Yachts 42: with design from Vripack and production from Bavaria, it ought to be worth the wait.


Built by Bavaria Yachtbau in Germany, using vacuum resin infusion techniques, the classically styled 42 will be capable of accommodating 12 people in its expansive main deck lounge area, with an easy-erect cockpit cover stowed neatly along the top edge of the windscreen. It will also offer sleeping for four people in two separate cabins, divided by a central reception area with a lofty heads and shower compartment, generous headroom and “hotel studio” style arrangements and materials.

Standard fit-out is likely to encompass twin Volvo Penta D4-300 engines, but you can upgrade that to twin D6-400s for a top end of around 40 knots – and for the petrol fans, there will also be a Mercury option in the form of its proven 6.2-litre 320.

As Mr Keizer explains, after a career in yacht brokerage, he saw enticing possibilities for “a modern and fast open yacht of about 13 metres with a completely open cockpit and a high volume interior”. True, for the moment, there’s no UK dealer, but with suppliers in five European countries, including Belgium, France and Holland, plus substantial British interest, its arrival might well herald a new cruising option for the UK boater in search of something different.

Classic lines and high volume interior from Keizer Yachts

The new 42 will be all about classical lines, an open cockpit and a high-volume interior.


For an interesting European fast open cruiser to compare with the new 42 from Keizer, take a look at Fjord 48 Open review on


Keizer Yachts debut 42: Specifications

LOA: 13.42 m
Beam: 3.99 m
Deadrise: 16.5 degrees
Fuel capacity: 1,200 litres
Water capacity: 250 litres
Holding capacity: 120 litres
Design: Siep Keizer / Vripack
Naval Architecture: Vripack
Builder: Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH
Maximum passengers: 12
Maximum speed: 40 knots


Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.