MAASBRACHT – Since 1949, Linssen Yachts has built 3,600 motor cruisers to 15m. It has always been an incredibly careful brand. It doesn’t rock the market with risky designs.
“Don’t expect revolutionary new models from us,” says Sales and Marketing Director Yvonne Linssen. “We continuously develop existing model lines. Whatever we try, it’ll be recognizably Linssen. It’s what our customers expect.”
This year, Linssen will unveil her company’s latest, and largest, cruiser: the 15.5m (51ft.) Grand Sturdy 500 Sedan featuring a forward cabin with a freestanding double bed, cupboards, a walk-in closet, toilet and separate shower room. Linssen Yachts General Manager Ed Houben says the new flagship “paves the way for many comfortable cruises, even across the boating mecca of France. This is the ultimate Linssen for skippers who like to think in terms of possibilities, not limitations.”
Not rattling the market works well for a builder that makes 70 or so yachts a year. They may be a tad predictable they are not vanilla craft. Their popularity is rock solid and Europe-wide. Linssen Yachts is a market leader in steel yachts. “Fast sailing is not us,” says Linssen. “We feel comfortable in the displacement segment.”
Her largest market is Germany. It accounts for 40% of Linssen sales. The company does the marketing for Linssen Boating Holidays which is owned by charter organizations in eight countries. “If our marketing can help rent out a boat for 20 weeks, then that, to us, is like selling a boat. That’s how we create stable demand,” says Linssen.
The yard was founded in 1949, has to date built 3,600 steel motor yachts of up to 15m and boasts a proprietary serial production system that produces high-quality motor yachts.
A textbook example of Linssen’s upgrading of model lines is the Variotop.
Introduced in 1996, it is an automatic foldaway roof that covers the wheelhouse keeping it
dry and insulated thanks to ingenious locking and sealing systems. Another example: The new 500 Sedan flagship can be easily sailed single-handedly. Its ‘Linssen Integrated Propulsion and Power Configuration’ consists of a diesel generator with a capacity of 17.5 kW/21.6 KVA and fuel consumption of only 1.3 to 6.5 liters per hour. The engine runs at a constant speed of 1500 rpm, generating a 400 V 50 Hz alternating current.
Linssen hulls are built around the engine bed and keel and reinforced with longitudinal and transverse joints for stiffness. A ‘Floor-Integrated System’ carries the floor and all the piping and dampens engine vibrations. The yard uses four workstations for different hull lengths.
All Linssen Yachts come with an ‘Integrated Canbus Controlled Energy Supply System’ that runs the 12- and 230V electric systems. Linssen’s joinery plant turns out ready-made modules for furniture, floors, and walls. Linssen Yachts demands discipline from its suppliers. Goods must be in store two weeks before assembly. Linssen: “If a supplier is unreliable, we look for another.”
Linssen Yachts are built at a steady clip. Until recently, everything was made in-house. But when, after years of service, the plasma cutting machine started acting up, the yard outsourced its laser steel cutting to a nearby ISO 9001-certified specialist.
There is a lively trade in used Linssens that command decent prices because of their solid construction, timeless looks, and sophisticated technology. Recently, the owner of a 1971 Limburgia – still running on its original Sapp diesel – called in for a refit.