SNEEK – Aquanaut builds the boats that clients order. Yes, all builders say that, of course, but Aquanaut goes a long way in custom-building.
Consider the 14m Dino II, a motor yacht the yard built for a German client who asked for an exceptionally spacious saloon by sacrificing the vessel’s gangways.
The result is a massive lounge behind the steering position, wrapped by tall windows that rise from the hull’s edge that create a beam of 4.4m (14.4ft).
“This is a one-off,” says Aquanaut Director Fimme Folmer. The client asked for a houseboat, and we built exactly that on one of our hulls. Importantly, this 14m (46ft) yacht shows what we are technically capable of building at Aquanaut. The Dino II has a 2m (6.6ft) lounge ceiling and sleeps 4 to 6.”
Two 150HP Volvo diesel engines power the Aquanaut “houseboat.”
The shipyard employs a staff of about 35 and builds steel yachts of 10 to 19 m. (33 to 62ft) in half a dozen models.
For Aquanaut Yachts, 2021 was not an easy year. The yard usually builds five to six yachts a year “if we can find the right people,” says Folmer.
“A shortage of qualified workers now plagues the Netherlands. We need at least nine workers. This is important because it takes years to train technical staff at the yard after completing their education. Getting supplies is also a problem right now. Especially because we are developing new models.”