MAASBRACHT – Linssen Yachts has delivered 28 riverboats to France’s Locaboat Holidays, operator of 380 self-drive rental craft across Europe. Venturing outside its core business market opens a new perspective for Linssen which makes 70 to 80 motor yachts a year – from 9-15m (29.5-49.2ft).
“Like Linssen Yachts, the Pénichettes are made of steel,” Linssen Yachts Marketing Manager Paul Beelen tells this newsletter. “Polyester rental craft,” he adds, “end up as chemical trash. Our steel boats can be made to look like new again and resold.“
Linssen took an order for 28 Pénichettes Evolutions in 2017 from Locaboats which operates in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Ireland. The 9.5m (31ft.) Pénichette has a highly efficient layout: sliding doors create day and night modes, there are settees up front and aft, bow and stern thrusters, an electric toilet and shower, a bathing platform, 230-V power outlets and double beds.
A Pénichette has joystick handling, requires no driver’s license and features the Linssen Integrated Propulsion and Power Configuration, a low-noise electric propulsion system powered by a diesel generator. “Linssen Yachts developed and built the for Locaboats,” says Beelen. “It gave us an opportunity to show off what we can do outside of our core business. We are keen to work for other parties.”
The Pénichettes came off Linssen Yachts’ Logicam-I serial production line that the Dutch builder uses to build Linssen Yachts to 35ft.
“The Pénichettes building method is exactly the same. Like Linssen yachts, they are steel boats. For charter companies that’s interesting,” says Beelen. “After years of rental service, polyester boats become chemical trash. After serving as a rental boat for, say, 10 years, the steel Pénichettes can still be sold as a used vessel. Who wants to buy a 10-year-old polyester rental boat? Our steel boats can be fully refurbished and repainted. We can make a steel boat almost look like new.”
Linssen Yachts, founded in 1949, makes steel yachts on 3 Logicam (Logistics and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) product lines: to 35ft, from 40 to 45ft and from 45 ft. and up. The Dutch builder has been using this system since 2005. Recently, the Logicam II line delivered its 250th model.
Linssens move through the build hall on an ingenious Logicam rail-and-cradle system. Over the years, it has optimized the build process, raising customization in serial production.