AMSTERDAM – Boating in Holland can be like sailing into a Turner painting. Rivers meander through infinite lowlands and sweep around centuries-old old towns. Or go right through them. Poplars line the horizon.

No wonder the Dutch like water displacement boats! Theirs is a country with peerless boating infrastructure. Theirs is not a country for doing 30 knots or more. Yet, increasingly Dutch shipyards cater to speedsters with chic, high-performance motor yachts with open cockpits or spiffy superstructures. This new trend lures boaters hungry to explore foreign locations. Recent developments:

With regularity, Steeler Yachts delivers one-off yachts. The 17.4m 57S Performance is a recent example. In just 10 years, Steeler has grown into a respected A-brand with a loyal customer base.

A customer-oriented approach, appealing designs and top quality, says CEO Hans Webbink, are the pillars of his success. Last September, he introduced the aluminum 57 S Performance. According to the yard, it is the quietest boat in its class, with a noise level of 64DB and a 28knot top speed, courtesy of two Volvo Penta IPS800 systems of 600HP each.

St-Barth Yachting is a rookie yard that introduced the 23m St-Barth-75 in 2021. The yard is one of at least 10 or so Dutch yards turning out innovative craft that often end up with wealthy owners on the US eastern seaboard or Europe’s northern Mediterranean rim. St-Barth Yachting packs its yachts with advanced technologies. Powered by twin Volvo Penta 1050 IPS systems, the St.-Barth achieves a top speed of 28 knots.

Wajer Yachts’ 23.5m Wajer 77 was already a hit at launch time in late 2020: 15 had already been sold by then. The first was delivered last August and will accommodate nine people. The Wajer 77 boasts four air-conditioned cabins, each with a bathroom. The yacht can accommodate nine people. This year, Tom Brady, America’s most famous football quarterback, will take delivery. Three Volvo Penta IPS 1200 D13 engines (900 hp each) provide a top speed of 37 knots.

Van der Valk shipyard had Cor D. Rover design the inside and outside of its aluminum 20.5m Van der Valk BeachClub 660 Flybridge, which can do 26 knots.

It is powered by two Volvo Penta D13-IPS-1050 diesels of 800HP each. Three cabins provide sleeping accommodation for six. The 20.5m BeachClub 660 Flybridge is the second in this range. Van der Valk provides a peerless amount of exterior and interior space by locating the engine room in the same area as the swimming platform.

Designer Rene van der Velden drew the 18m Voyager 61 for the Van Den Hoven shipyard. He gave the aluminum yacht twin Volvo Penta D11 diesels (725HPO each). Three cabins house six people. “The Voyager 61 reflects a desire to sail farther and not spend too much time traveling between destinations,” says owner Bart van den Hoven. “With a top speed of 22.5 knots, owners will be able to travel greater distances.”