Van Dam Custom Boats reinvents the look of Chiara and its day boat concept to provide a versatile platform for even more convenient, on-board entertaining, coastal cruising, fishing, camping, or simply a hang out spot for the families millenials.

Powered with a pair of Volvo Penta’s 260 hp common rail diesels, this 43-foot custom wood boat was designed to provide comfortable performance in the low 40’s as well as miserly fuel efficiency. A 300 gallon capacity tank allows day trips to that remote private shore and back without a fuel stop. Duo-prop stern drives offer excellent efficiency and handling, smooth performance, and the ability to sneak into some skinny water. Entertaining in the cockpit at the dock or while underway is facilitated by the cockpit galley, complete with microwave, hot water, sink, and refrigeration. Up forward in the cavernous cuddy cabin there is room to sleep 5 adults. A fully enclosed head with vacu-flush toilet and a shower is situated between the cockpit and the cabin, and spans the full width of the boat. A hard top was added the second year over the helm and galley, offering welcome shade and a place to anchor the generous canvas enclosure.

Teak decks and a fully Awlgripped exterior assure minimal maintenance, while the simple yet superbly executed custom wood interior leaves no doubt that this is a Van Dam wood boat.

  • LOA: 43’
  • Beam: 13’6”
  • Draft: 3’6” (drives down)
  • Displacement: 17,000 lbs



Look who is back for a redesign

The teardown

Removing pieces

Discussing the redesign

Filling in the gaps

Redesigning the cabin

Fitting a new sheer clamp

Dave taping the placement of the new bow thruster door

Preparing to attach the deck

New bow thruster door

New bow thruster in

New bow thruster door

Putting a thin layer of fiber glass on the bow thruster door

Working on the deck

Fairing the deck

Trevor sands the exterior of the hull

Dave putting in the port light

Sanding the port light

Carbon fiber work to the top

Nibbed borders on her new teak deck

Clear coating carbon fiber seat parts

Prepping new port lights for primer

Chiara in primer

Ready for another round of sanding

Sanding in every nook and cranny

New deck planking coming along nicely

Carbon fiber pieces anxiously awaiting installation

Taped off and ready for her new color

Mixing paint for Chiara’s new image

Carefully removing tape from masking…her lines are taking shape

Detail work

Sanding on the interior begins

Gorgeous stainless steel accents

Detailed painting begins on the interior

Hand building the radar mast

Masked for the addition of the white paint

More detail work to the interior paint

The addition of teak detailing begins

Stainless panels waiting for installation

Prepping the carbon fiber areas that can’t be removed from the boat

The perfect shine polished on to each carbon fiber piece waiting to be put back on Chiara

She sees the light of day for a few minutes as she moves from paint to finish bay

Now a bird’s eye view of the changes and the progress

Her radar arch hangs patiently waiting for installation

Detail work going on in all areas below deck

Washed and prepped for another coat of clear to be applied

Stage being set for placement of electrical control panel

Prep work on decking

Cabin is going back together nicely

Even the underside of the carbon fiber top is hand treated

Taking on a whole new shape as carbon fiber pieces are added

The newly oiled decks look amazing

A beautiful new finish…but yes, it’s wood

Taking her new shape as pieces continue to be added

Antenna and Garmin held fast by her custom built radar arch

Cabin is almost wrapped up

Instrument panels will be back in soon

Cabinet doors finished and installed

Cabin windows back in place

Carbon fiber looks great around new wind shields

Continuing work on several unique pieces as Chiara’s launch date approaches

Amazing carbon fiber work

Electrical panels all hooked up and ready to go

More sleeping capacity for those overnight gatherings

Thor testing lighting and television

First of the gorgeous seats installed