Stürier Yachts: a century of perseverance

De nieuwe Sturiër DME 80.

SNEEK – Stürier Yachts turns 100 in 2018, celebrating its steady rise from building wooden and steel commercial craft to delivering luxury seaworthy yachts. Testimonials from boating magazines across Europe consistently hammer home the same verdict: Stüriers are for both inshore and offshore cruising, in style.

Stüriers are made by the appropriately named ‘Volharding’ shipyard. Its name is Dutch for ‘perseverance,’ a quality the yard will toast on June 2.

In its centennial year, the yard is working on the semi-custom Dutchman Explorer (DME) Range (upper photo), the company’s most ambitious to date. It will be available from 18.35 to 24m (60 to 79ft). The first DME-60 will be presented in full in 2020.

The long-range Dutchman Explorer can achieve speeds of up to 24 knots and is available in full and semi displacement. Options include a fly bridge.

The yard opened in 1918 to make wooden and, later, steel boats. It took on the recreational market in 1957. By 1994, it had made 120 of its trademark Staveren Kotters (right). The Sturiërs you see today were begun in 1995. All versions _ Ocean Cruiser, Center Sleeper, Dutchman and Dutchman Explorer are available with a hybrid propulsion system.

The Ocean Cruiser (52 to 60ft) is for long journeys. Its 3,000-mile range covers much of Europe. In the Center Sleeper, the owner’s quarters are located mid-ship the yacht’s round bilge hull. The sea-worthy Dutchman can reach speeds of up to 24 knots.