The Dancing Hare bij Balk Shipyard

URK _ My Dancing Hare (photo), a 57m steel-hulled, Amels-built superyacht, is back on the briny  after a 6-month refit at Balk Shipyard, a legacy Dutch superyacht refit and rebuild specialist.

CEO Daan Balk said the refit was “a challenging one for which preparations began long before the yacht arrived last year.” The interior and exterior were renewed by the Olivia Outred Studio of London. The naval architecture is by  Diana Yacht Design of the Netherlands.

The yacht can accommodate 12 guests and 16 crew. “All technical installations and equipment have been completely overhauled and now meet the latest standards,” says Balk.

“To create a much better ambiance on one of the decks, Balk Shipyard installed glass panels around this deck. The already spacious sundeck on top of that has been lengthened by 4 meters (12ft.). The main deck has been reorganized and is now one big spatial area.”

My Dancing Hare always was “an iconic and revolutionary yacht. We are a proud to be part of the history of this superyacht,” says Balk.

The Balk family business opened its doors in 1798 to build wooden vessels on a small slipway. Seven generations later _ and now helmed by Daan Balk – the yard has evolved into a leading refit and rebuild facility for superyachts.

Over the past few decades, Balk Shipyard has focused primarily on refitting yachts. With numerous extraordinary refits and rebuilds under its belt, it has proven its expertise time and again. Today, Balk Shipyard operates 2 air-conditioned halls – for refits of up to 65 meters _ and a build hall.

The yard’s offices overlook the projects in the halls as well as the picturesque port of Urk, a centuries-old town that was once an island but is today part of the Netherlands reclaimed from the sea.