LEIDERDORP – These are busy days at Jan Keyzer’s Crown Yachts shipyard in this town just south of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
His most recent sale was a 12.5m Crown Keyzer C120. Next will be a couple of 11m Crown Keyzer C107 yachts.
The order book also includes 2 Crown Cruisers, one of 10m and one of 11m. And the yard – which specializes in steel, Yanmar-powered convertible and/or open cockpit motor cruisers – has plans for a 13.7m Crown Keyzer 45 with a plumb bow.
The Crown Cruisers series bids a fond farewell to a, by now, nasty name. Until recently, it was the ‘Crown Corona’ series. “The name corona has suddenly become so loaded,” says Keyzer. “That’s why we chose to go back to ‘Crown Cruiser.’
The series that was launched under that name 50 years ago and enjoyed much popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. Keyzer says convertible yachts and open cockpits are again by far the most popular models nowadays.
Both his Crown Keyzer and Crown Cruiser series deliver sailing experience. Keyzer says his clients use his yachts to explore European waterways or for family outings on slow weekends.