Sturier Yachts DME7

STAVOREN – The formal introduction is yet to follow, but Stürier Yachts has already leaked the first photos and drawings of its 21m (69ft) DME7, an ocean-rated yacht that has just completed very positive sea trials.

Sturier Yachts DME7

Stürier Yachts’ latest confirms the growing trend in the Netherlands of shipyards turning out pocket superyachts. These edge ever closer to the 30m (almost 100ft) starting line for full superyachts.

The DME7 – the E stands for Explorer version in the yard’s Dutchman series – has a solid, distinctive design. The yard says it aimed for luxury and performance in a timeless “design with an air of power and an eye for detail.”

All Stürier Yachts Sturiër are seaworthy craft that can handle long voyages throughout Europe and beyond.

The steel-hulled MDE7 extends the range of Stüriers to 21m (69ft), has a beam of 5.95m (20ft) and displaces 75 tons. The yacht is offered with one 405HP engine or two packing 560HP. It has a range of 4,000 miles, a cruising speed of 9 knots and a top speed of 11 knots.

“The first sea trial went well,” says Stürier Yachts owner Auke van der Werff.  “We are very enthusiastic about the sailing characteristics!”

Sturier Yachts DME7 in build

The DME 7 has a large, partially covered flybridge, equipped with a bar and seating area. The wheelhouse has a slightly negative, inward-tilted windshield to prevent reflections inside and enhance the exterior’s ship-like character. Inside, all comforts and space are present for an extended stay on board.

Van der Werff says the DME7 starts a new and growing line of Stüriers, adding a 24m (79ft) DME 8 which is in the works. The Stürier range starts at yachts of 16m (52ft) in four versions.

Stürier Yachts has come a long way. It had its centennial in 2018, marking a steady rise from building wooden and steel commercial craft to delivering seaworthy luxury yachts. Stüriers are made by the appropriately named ‘Volharding’ shipyard. Its name is Dutch for ‘perseverance. The yard opened in 1918 to make wooden and, later, steel boats. It took on the recreational market in 1957.