SCHAGEN – The yachts that Statement Marine builds look quaintly old-fashioned. They were popular with the well-heeled Dutch bourgeoisie a century ago. Today, the yard lures discerning buyers charmed by the yachts’ sweet looks, lines and layout.

The Dutch call them “bakdekkers” (“bin-deckers”) for the raised foredeck over a small saloon with a galley and toilet. There is a midship steering position with a  canopy leading to an open cockpit. The engine sits forward in the cockpit. Aft-cabin versions are known as “kofferdekkers” (“trunk deckers).”

Slender boats, they cut through the water with ease and grace. But they don’t rise well from it, so the bow was fanned out a bit to provide upward lift.

Marine Statement co-owners Jaap van de Rest and Harm van Tienen each used to own a bakdekker. They both worked in the banking sector, but in 2007, they launched a shipyard.

“They are pleasant boats,” says Van Tienen of bakdekkers. “We thought there was room for a modern, low-maintenance bakdekker and wanted to make a statement. Like, Look what’s doable! Hence our company name.”

Bart Bouwhuis of the Vripack naval architecture and engineering studio drew the inaugural PTS 26. (Its designation is a nod to Swedish designer C.G. Pettersson whose smuggler boats were an inspiration for the original Dutch bakdekkers.)

The 8m PTS-26 debuted in 2007. Quickly seven were sold. “But our timing could have been better,” says Van Tienen. “The global financial crisis began in 2008.” Statement Marine employs 11, outsources bare hull construction but finishes the boats. Growth is no priority. The yard prizes a small-scale approach, quality control, close customer contact and a pleasant work atmosphere. Its order book is full until mid-2022.

The 9.5m PTS-31 was launched in 2017, another Vripack design. It is more extensive, roomier, more luxurious than the PTS-26 and with four fixed berths. Both models sell well in the Netherlands, England, Germany and Switzerland. A 6.7m PTS-22 is in development.

“Initially, we planned to market a standard yacht for €57,000,” says Van Tienen. “No trade-ins, no options, no custom work. That failed because we ended up catering to customer wishes. But with the PTS-22 we go back to that original concept.”

The PTS-22 will be a  weekender that sleeps 2 to 4 and have a swimming platform integrated into the hull. A fold-down window improves the boat’s height clearance. An optional galley goes into the cockpit, and the cabin is a sitting/sleeping area, plus a toilet.

The plan is to have a Q4-2021 launch. The yard plans to build at least five by July 2022.