DORDRECHT – Family-owned Shipyard J. Schlieker & Sons has been active in Dutch shipbuilding since 1868. By now, the company has built well over 1,050 commercial vessels. It is now dipping a toe into yacht building.

These days, run by fifth and sixth-generation Schliekers, the company confidently takes on special projects, like that 77ft  (23.7m) sailing yacht it just built,  a Hoek Design craft.

The last time the yard built a sailing yacht was the year the company was founded 155 years ago.

Shipyard J. Schlieker & Sons has always been big in inland shipping, but in 2020 it branched out and introduced a line of tenders for the water sports sector. It has two yards in the sprawling Port of Rotterdam,

As for that sailing yacht, “we received the order from a Dutch customer,” says Director Hans Schlieker. “We took this opportunity to show what we are capable of. We cut and shaped the aluminum hull sheets and put the hull together.

This 77-footer has become a tangible calling card of our yard.” Schlieker welders are certified to work with materials with a maximum thickness of 80 millimeters.

The hull is 23.70 meters long. At the waterline, it measures 19.40m long and the beam spans 5.60 m.