HEEG – Until recently, Erik van Veen was saying, his yard made its high-end, DaVinci-branded weekenders at the same site where it built new yachts, did maintenance and repairs and winter-stored vessels. “However, mixing stuff up like that became undoable,” he says. “Too often someone working on a new boat was called away to help out with a maintenance job. And vice-versa!”
Having much to do can be a luxury problem, and Van Veen, the Davinci Yachts CEO, has just solved one by shifting maintenance into a dedicated new hall to create a better division of labor. And in the nick of time: his yard is working on a new, 40ft (12.25m) flagship model that will be launched in 2022.
Van Veen has his DaVinci hulls made in Stettin, Poland, but has kept the finishing and detailing of the yachts in the Netherlands. “The outfitting of our boats is specialist work,” he tells this newsletter.
“We prefer to do it ourselves. For reasons of quality control. And because we incorporate special customer wishes in every boat. The hull designs are standard, but the furnishings and layout of each boat can be organized as desired. This makes every boat different; the customer can choose the type of wood, colors, furnishings and so on to personalize his boat.”
The yard opened in 2001 and its chic, highly-customized runabouts range from 30 to 40ft. All timeless designs that brim with modern technology. DaVincis have spacious aft cabins, a helmsman’s compartment with galley, and one or two cabins under the foredeck.
The first DaVinci was a 29ft retro-style weekender, designed by Vripack, which has worked on all DaVinci’s. It had an open steering position and a large cockpit. It was developed by Steven Boersma, who later focused on building the exclusive Eagle sailing yachts. Van Veen succeeded him in 2015.
The DaVinci yard slogan – “Of course, you don’t need a new yacht, but you deserve one” – has helped sell 135 yachts to date. Clients remain in the yard’s crosshairs, which has dealerships in the Netherlands, Germany, Britain and the United States.
He plans to launch six new DaVincis in 2021 and, next year, the new 40ft flagship that Vripack is currently drawing. The model oozes a certain ‘grandeur’ with a spacious cockpit and wheelhouse with a kitchen. Van Veen will offer the model as a convertible craft or with a hardtop. The mold should be ready this year, after which the first hull can be built. “That first boat has to be good, right away. We are not building a prototype.”
The craft measures 12.2m x 3.8m x 1m (40×12.5×3.3 ft) and will have two engines of 260HP that achieve a top speed of 28 knots. Twin 370HP engines reach a top speed of 33 knots. DaVinci yachts have Volvo Penta engines and stern drives.