Sturier Yachts caps centennial year upbeat about future

STAVOREN _ Sturier Yachts marked its centennial year in 2018. The yard has to date built 800 or so steel boats, including 120 classic motor yachts that are scarce on the 2nd hand market. In mid-2019, Sturier Yachts will launch its first Dutchman Explorer, a new, modern, long-range cruiser that looks very different from what the yard has built to date.

No wonder, owner Auke van der Werff, sounds so ready for another century. He builds about 5 motor yachts to 24m a year, some in aluminum but the vast majority in steel. “Steel yachts are a little more expensive, but they last a century,” he tells this newsletter.

The year 2018, he says, was “an extraordinary, celebratory year.” It packed the harbors of this picture-postcard town on Holland’s wind-whipped north shore with the comfortable, go-anywhere trawler-type yachts for which Van der Werff is known. “What a party it was!” says Van der Werff.

His yard is locally known as ‘Volharding” (“Perseverance”), an apt moniker as Van der Werff says he’ll continue to make classic yachts though lately he has unveiled some very modern, very fast, stylish designs.

His Dutchman series comes with full and semi Displacement hulls for speeds of up to 24 knots and packed with innovation and technology. The round bilge design results in a fast underwater hull. Inside are multi-functional living quarters with vast lounge sofas and sliding glass doors.

Van der Werff uses high-tensile steel. “Because it is stronger than steel traditionally used in yacht building,” he says. “But it is therefore thinner. That’s important because fuel savings is an ever bigger issue in yacht building.” Van der Werff launched the Dutchman series to appeal to a younger, ever more international market.

In January, he will lay the keel of the first Dutchman-56. And in the summer, the yard starts on the first Dutchman Explorer, a new, long-range cruiser designed for boating everywhere and sporting a new, very modern bow.

Van der Werff’s portfolio of classics includes the Sturier Ocean Cruiser (full displacement, gorgeous sheerline) and the round-bilged Centre Sleeper (an elegant craft for offshore, ocean and inland cruising) .