WERKENDAM – Tucked away deep in marshlands near Rotterdam, Jachtbouw de Alm makes steel _ and at times aluminum _ motor yachts of up to 30m (98ft.) for clients across Europe. Owner Jacco van Maastricht gives his customized trawler and voyager yachts, a superyacht finish that redefines living on the water.
“It is the traditional style and look of our boats that draws people to my yard,” says van Maastricht. “Our clients want traditional, displacement yachts. That’s our strength. Our customers care foremost about comfort, not speed.”
As a builder of motor yachts to 30m _ the starting length for superyachts _ his yard is a member of HISWA Holland Marine’s ‘Orange Yachting Group.’ Specialists in steel and aluminum construction, the vast majority of the group’s 2 dozen members shun polyester serial construction. Since its founding in 1977, Jachtbouw de Alm has built almost 300 sturdy, highly customized motor yachts. “We can build 5 to 6 at a time,” says Van Maastricht. “We work with subcontractors at different yards.”
His portfolio brims with big-range, steel trawler and voyager craft from 10 to 30m (33 to 98ft.). They are made for customers keen on long-term onboard living. The yard’s flagship Delfino is a mini-super yacht. Built standard under CE-A classification, it has 3 or 4 cabins, 3 bathrooms, an office/library, a large saloon, a galley and a large wheel house. In recent years, Van Maastricht has built several. “The success of the Delfino is the harmony between lines, length, robustness and elegance,” he says.
Van Maastricht recently lifted living in comfort on the water to new heights. His “Skipper Yacht” is an exceptionally roomy touring yacht. The low-slung boat _ available in 15m, 17m, 18m and 21m versions (50, 56, 59 and 69ft.) _ premiered at the 2018 HISWA-in-Water show. It has a voluminous, comfortable interior. Its low freeboard makes for easy boarding and creates little windage. The walk-around deck simplifies mooring.
“We expect a decent market for this concept,” says Van Maastricht. “Especially, in the 15 and 17m (50 and 56ft.) lengths.” He says comfort was a key requirement. “We wanted a spacious aft deck, a wheel house with a comfortable seating area, lots of open space, an inside entrance to the engine room and 2, 3, 4 or even 5 cabins. In some versions, an extra office or hobby room is possible.
Next spring, he’ll show it next to his Grand Voyager and a Delfino at his yard. All of Van Maastricht’s yachts come off the boards of Werner Yacht Design of the Netherlands. Says van Maastricht: “They get the unique styling that we want just right.”