RAAMSDONKSVEER – Altena Yachting marks its 50th anniversary year by delivering an aluminum, 15m (50ft) semi-displacement trawler for a repeat client who is downsizing from a 24m (78ft) Altena. And in this jubilee year, it is building an 18.6m (61ft) Vripack-designed Altena OC for delivery in 2020.
Half a century of steel and aluminum yacht building at Altena Yachting has left a significant mark. The family-owned yard has to date built more than 800 vessels. In 1969, founder Gerard Pols – then a diesel engine repairman – started his yard by finishing someone else’s 9.5m cruiser. Soon he was building his own. Ten a year, from 8 to 15m (26-49 ft) a year.
Ah, life was a such breeze then. Boat drawings were simply scaled up a tad, if a client wanted a slightly larger boat. These days, Altena Yachting builds 2 or 3 full-custom yachts a year, with chine or multi-chine hulls. All luxury craft, rated for inland, coastal or white-water yachting.
Altena Yachting is one of two dozen or so Dutch builders making premium quality, under-30m (98ft) luxury cruisers and trawlers. Many Altenas come off the boards of house designer Otto Brinksma who is responsible for the yard’s Blue Water Trawler and Coasthopper. Altena has also relied on designers Pieter Beeldsnijder, Theo Werner and the Vripack studio,
“We build everything, also for other shipyards”, says Altena Yachting Director Marcel Pols. “We are always open for cooperative projects.” A good example: the Vripack-designed Vryburg PB 61, an all-weather roundbilged yacht that is suited for transatlantic crossings launched in 2018. “We also completed one in 2016,” says Pols.
The 18.6m (61ft) Altena OC (open cockpit) he is building now is a Vripack design. The 46-ton displacement yacht will be powered by twin 220HP John Deere diesels.
Altena’s Blue Water Trawlers have been a hit from the day in 1994 when the first was launched. By now, it has sold 40, in lengths from 48 to 58 feet (157 to 190ft). A steel displacement yacht designed for coastal waters and open sea, the Blue Water Trawler has a no-nonsense, classic look, a flared bow and comes in single and double-prop versions.
The boat has 5 watertight compartments, including the engine room, fore and aft ship accommodation. The aft-placed owner’s cabin has an en suite bathroom. Forward are a guest cabin, a dinette, bathroom and toilet and galley. There is a deck house steering position and saloon below the flybridge.
New versions of the Vripack-designed Altena 500 and 600 Raised Pilothouse, designed by Vripack, have recently come onto the market
Altena Yachting takes on challenging repair and rebuilding jobs, most notably the transformation of a Dutch fishing cutter into an expedition vessel for the Swish Arctic Project. The San Gottardo ship was given a new wheelhouse, accommodation and a mast with an observation crow’s nest. The ship sails from Spitsbergen.