If you think you know all of the Dutch superyacht yards, there’s actually another one to add to your list. Amsterdam Yacht Builders may be new to superyachts, but it has a 100-year maritime history.
Just north of Amsterdam, the yard dates back to 1927 (below), though the origins go back further. In 1921, a group of metal workers established an association called Vooruit. Collectively, they set their sights on establishing their own shipyard. To raise the funds, they built two rowboats, renting them out and simultaneously doing repair work for clients. Within the next few years, they had enough money to erect a shed and install some equipment.
In the ensuing years, other individuals acquired and ran the yard, always focused on the marine industry. Recently, another set of owners took the site over and chose the name Amsterdam Yacht Builders. Additionally, they’ve invested in the facilities to attract new-build and refit clientele, with motoryachts and sailing yachts equally.
For instance, Amsterdam Yacht Builders has the country’s largest mobile hoist, with a 480-ton capacity. Additionally, it has a build shed measuring 164 by 98 feet (50 by 30 meters), plus a separate metal shed. A total of 129,167 square feet (12,000 square meters) of hard standing space suits projects, too. Furthermore, its floating dock can accommodate megayachts to 230 feet (70 meters). No low bridges or shallow waters impede sailing superyachts or deep-draft motoryachts, either.
Currently, the sailing superyacht Gio—formerly Firefly, from Claasen Shipyards—is undergoing a significant refit on site (top). The owners have requested an entirely new interior, among other things.
Of course, similar to other Dutch yards, Amsterdam Yacht Builders has relationships with subcontractors and suppliers countrywide, besides internationally. It also has relationships with after-sales support specialists. For the convenience of you and your crew, note that Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is just 20 minutes away, and the capital city is equally close.
“Our motto, ‘For sailors, by sailors,” reflects the fact that everyone working here has boating in their blood,” explains Robert Binnekade, the managing director. He adds that transparency is a priority as well. “When we say no hidden surprises or costs, we mean it.”
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