Project Wrap–Up — Sterling Performance Powers Victoria Z Van Dam Custom Exotic Speed Boat

Sterling Performance — Update on the Victoria Z Project by Van Dam Custom Boats

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Check out the final updates from the Victoria Z project, featuring engines prepared by Sterling Performance. Victoria Z is the larger, next–generation version of Alpha Z.

  • LOA: 34′ 9″
  • Beam: 8′ 6″
  • Displacement: 6,500 lbs
  • Fuel: 150 gal
  • Power: (2) Ford 482 FE @ 550 h.p. each


Watch a video produced by The Distance of Ben Van Dam explaining how the boat’s compound wood curves are built.

Through four decades of building wooden watercraft, Van Dam Custom Boats has put priority on continuous improvement in how it approaches projects. As the Boyne City-based company prepares to mark its 40th anniversary this year, founder Steve Van Dam sees that desire for quality as a key factor in the operation’s longevity.

“We really embrace that, trying to make everything better,” Van Dam said.

Through the years, Van Dam Custom Boats has pursued projects as large as a 55-foot sailboat, and as distinctive as a wooden 33-foot speedboat capable of traveling 100 mph. The company has tackled projects for a U.S. customer base extending from coast to coast, as well as one international order.

“We’ve built about 60 boats,” Van Dam said. “We’ve probably done that many of what I would call major restorations or major refits.””

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