VOORSCHOTEN – Anticipating growing demand Long Island Yachts – maker of classic tenders from 7.5 to 12m – has moved into roomier quarters: a site of 6,500 m2 that has both covered and outdoor moorings as well as production and storage sheds.
Owner Dave de Groot says the new site also includes facilities for yacht service, maintenance and refits. Founded in 2005, Long Island Yachts recently added a 29ft (8.9m) cabin cruiser to its fleet for which Menno van Dijk’s Studio Delta worked on the underwater.
Almost 100 Long Island runabouts have been built to date and found owners all over the world.
In recent years, several new fast, luxury dayboat brands have come onto the Netherlands’ market. De Groot has expanded capacity seeing demand for chic dayboats growing still further n the years ahead.
His new 29ft runabout is an elegant weekender that offers excellent performance, the comfort of a sheltered cockpit and an overnight cabin. In his runabout series, it fills the gap between the 25 and 33ft models.
The yard sees it as the perfect boat for both short getaways and long-distance cruising. It is powered by a 270HP Mercury diesel engine that yields a top speed of over 30 knots.
The top of the line Long Island Runabout-40 has a deep V-hull that lets the boat travel comfortably at high speed. Much attention has been paid to seaworthiness and fuel efficiency. It comes standard with 2 Yanmar 315HP engines.