NOORDBURGUM – In 2019, the Super Lauwersmeer yard here turns 50 and owners-brothers Bastiaan and Louis Jousma mark that milestone with an unusual event this summer: a 130-day victory lap of sorts, past dozens of marinas in the northern Netherlands and Germany.
The yard’s German reps – Andreas and Andrea Koch – are showing off Super Lauwersmeer’s Discovery line of motor cruisers in 60 marinas – from the yard’s home at Noordburgum, the Netherlands, all the way east to Berlin.
And there’s more. The yard will also build 5 “Discovery 47 AC 50th Anniversary Editions,” if ordered in 2019.
These 14.2 m craft come with special carpentry, a Marlan kitchen, adjustable floor-heating, central vacuuming, dedicated batteries for the anchor winch and the bow and stern props and Raymarine gear, including VHF radio and AIS.
Running from 40 to 50 or so ft. (12 to15m), the Discovery Line are highly customized motor yachts in aft cabin, open cockpit and flybridge versions. They are entirely built inhouse because, says Bastiaan Jousma, “that means we assure quality and can build exactly what the client wants.”
Quality control starts with the bare hull. The yard’s floor-heating guarantees optimal working conditions for steel. The Jousmas have AkzoNobel monitor the steel blasting and coating. Plates must be smooth and taut to avoid endless fairing.
The yard, founded in 1969, for long built simple, straightforward steel boats of around 11m. The Jousmas bought the yard about 20 years ago and engineered a significant remake. The cruisers became longer. And more modern, but not too. “We had to remain recognizable to continue to appeal to existing customers,” says Bastiaan.
The hulls of the Discovery line are identical. What goes into them varies greatly based on the Jousmas’ discussions with their clients. “Each Discovery is different and reflects the owner’s taste,” says Bastiaan. Today, the variety in the Discovery Line reflects those client discussions and leads to Super Lauwersmeer building such modern, comfortable and roomy yachts.
The Discovery AC has a plumb bow and a full foreship. The OC version has the same bow, but glued hull and superstructure windows. And an arched roof with a generous cockpit overhang. The wheelhouse-annex-saloon has an ample galley and the same floor level as the cockpit. The Flybridge offers that same single-floor with the option of outdoor steering.
All Discovery models have a shower room, ample storage or a laundry corner. Developed in collaboration with designer Arnold de Ruijter, the yard now makes 10 models from the 41 AC to a 47 OC, a 46 Flybridge, a 50 CS and the Evolve version.
One client conversation led the Jousmas to build the Discovery 47 OC ‘Yanos’. The client wanted a 46ft. yacht but needed more headroom inside. Louis: “We could do that, but to respect the boat’s look and lines, it was made a little longer. That’s how we got to the 47. When you build in steel, you are not restricted by molds.
For years, the yard installed Iveco diesels in its Discovery line models that were easy to maintain. But it has switched to installing Volvo Penta D2 engines standard due to stricter environmental demands.