MONACO – The Dutch superyacht sector turns out in force again at the Monaco Yacht Show, the annual high mass of high-end yachting.
“The superyacht sector in the Netherlands continues to go from strength to strength,” Jeroen Sirag, export director of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, the Dutch trade lobby said ahead of the 2019 event.
In 2018, the Netherlands’ top 6 yards launched 18 yachts of over 30m (98.4ft) worth more than €1.5 billion and took in orders for 17 yachts. Amazingly, in 2019, there are 60 superyachts in build in the Netherlands. Of these, 13 are longer than 80m (262.4ft).
Recent years have seen a massive spike in adding build capacity. Top builders run cavernous airconditioned halls that tower over Holland’s emerald flatlands.
Feadship, the country’s top custom builder, opened a 4th build hall in May where it can build to yachts of up to 160m (525ft).
The Dutch industry’s success derives not just from builders, but also from first-class equipment suppliers and industrial partners in a very tidy, very flat country blessed with a peerless infrastructure of waterways and ports and centuries of maritime history.
The HISWA Holland Yachting Group (26 members: 11 builders, 15 suppliers) marks its 50th anniversary at Monaco with the biggest turnout in many years.
The trade group is increasingly reaching out to industrial partners. Last year it reeled in the Port of Amsterdam as part of a broad drive to lure more superyachts to northern European destinations, away from crowded marinas in the Med.
Dutch yards at Monaco includes Amels and its owner – the giant Damen Shipyards Group – showing half a dozen yachts. Feadship markes its 70th birthday with a spectacular presentation in glass called ‘The Jewels in the Crown.’ Oceanco showcases its newly delivered 90m (295 ft) DreAMBoat (23 guests, 33-strong crew). And Vitters Shipyard flaunts Ghost, a 122ft (37m), lightweight, high-performance sailing yacht.