The Netherlands is famous for its outstanding and specialized yacht building industry. With the worldwide economy picking up this market is benefiting from orders for new designs or modifications and additions to existing yachts.
Centuries of ship building, traditional values of craftsmanship, the latest technologies and cutting edge engineering are all ingredients that result in the Dutch yachting sector delivering world class yachts that are recognizable throughout the world. Yachts delivered by the Dutch yards are renowned for the high levels of craftsmanship and overall quality, a vital part of the process is the engineering phase of the yacht, maintaining the designers esthetics will ensuring technical feasibility is always a challenge.
Large luxury yachts
The superyacht industry is experiencing two main trend changes in the past few years; firstly size seems to matter. In general the superyacht are getting larger, with several yards expanding the portfolio of yachts from the + 80m range to the + 100m and + 120m segment. This creates a new set of challenges since these vessels accommodate both more crew and passengers resulting a more stringent rules and regulations that need to be met. Secondly we are seeing the emergence of explorer and expedition yachts that aim to reach far-flung destinations while also offering the comfortable and sophisticated accommodation that superyacht owners and their guests have come to expect. This includes vessels that are now venturing into the arctic; which once again create a distinct set of challenges.
Small luxury yachts
The market for small luxury yachts is extremely competitive and diverse, and the key is trying to position a product that is “different” than the run of the mill vessels on the market today. The standout distinctions that yards are trying to achieve can be grouped into innovative design and styling, top notch quality and high-end engineering. Creating a price competitive yacht that fulfils these criteria is no small task and requires a close working relationship between owner, yard and naval architect.
Yacht owners and shipyards often require modifications to their vessels, from integrating a large Jacuzzi on the sun deck to accommodating a touch and go landing area for various helicopter types or actually extending the vessel to create a longer sleeker design. All these variations involve complex engineering solutions in order to maintain both esthetics and structural integrity of the vessel. Saltwater has amassed a wealth of experience in the yachting industry from our close working relationship with several Dutch yacht builders.