Dutch design through and through

Blending function with form, practicality with design and the promise of a day excursion with a dream encounter on the water, the California 52’ is a boat with all-round appeal. A compact yacht with James Bond swagger, Waterdream’s Vripack-designed tender made its international debut at the 2020 World Yacht Trophies in Cannes in July where it immediately proved its worth by scooping the Best Innovation Award.

The California 52’ represents Dutch design through and through. It is the brainchild of Prince Bernhard van Oranje, founder of  Loosdrecht-based Waterdream, whose brand mission is to deliver high quality, sustainable, practical and timeless designs. Built by Van der Valk Shipyard, the latest Waterdream model hails from Dutch design studio Vripack, whose holistic vision is underpinned by strong naval architecture. The result is the California 52’, a lesson in minimalist expression for maximum effect.


Vripack - Yacht Design - Collaborations - Waterdream California 52' - Exterior California - on the water

“Without a doubt, the biggest innovation within the California 52’ is our Human Centered Design approach, which we applied from day one. This ensured the design, build, development, and communication on the project remains primarily focused on the ‘human’ aspect. Simply look at the steering console and you get my point".


Vripack - Yacht Design - Collaborations - Waterdream California 52' - Exterior California - on the water

The California 52’ is both a practical boat for family weekends and a versatile one-man cruiser. Built by hand in just five months, the boat oozes sex appeal: Curvaceous exterior lines; a voluptuous interior with full head volume and collapsible tables; a striking 35-inch all-carbon central W steering console that puts the driver at the heart of the action with an easy-handling joystick; and a soft top with epic sound system for the ultimate party.

Lightweight, strong, nippy, and easily customizable, it is also fuel-efficient thanks to a lowest in class weight to speed ratio. In fact, Vripack succeeded in making 80% of all build materials recyclable, including both the hull and superstructure, which are built from 100% green aluminium.



Vripack - California 52' - Handbuilt Van der Valk - Dutch design

Fully optimized using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), the hull design offers a 30% reduction in seasickness and a 50% reduction in dynamic trim (greater comfort and visibility when underway). And at just over 15m, it is the only boat of its size to include a stern garage large enough to carry a stand-up jet-ski or tender, both of which guarantee extended on-the-water fun and convenience.

The Waterdream California 52’ is more than a boat. It is a nod to innovative design, Dutch craftsmanship, and sustainable yachting, neatly tied up with a party bow.


"Great minds think alike." Vripack understands completely Waterdream's vision on reinventing aquatic life. With the California 52' we were able to translate this into the ultimate timeless and practical design. And we are continuing with the first sketches for the California 78."



Current name California 52′
Design number 7637
Length 14.65 meter
Beam 4.4 meter
Draft 1.2 meter
Designer Vripack
Naval Architect Vripack
Structural Engineering Vripack
Mechanical Engineering Vripack
Interior Design Vripack
Interior Engineering Vripack
Yard Van der Valk Shipyard
Type of vessel Day Cruiser
Hull type Planing
Material Aluminum
Classification CE-B
Engine IPS800 (optional IPS 1200)
Speed (max) Volvo Penta IPS800: 35 knots | Volvo Penta IPS1200: 40 knots
Fuel capacity 1600 liters
Freshwater capacity 360 liters
Grey / black water capacity  150 liters
Owner & Guest  5 persons
Pax capacity max. 20 persons

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