WASPIK _ The summer of 2018 was an all-hands-on-deck season at Van den Hoven Jachtbouw. In July alone, the yard sold 2 yachts (15 and 17m / 49 and 56ft.), had 3 in build, including a demo boat to be launched in 2019 and advanced planning to add a fast 18m (59ft.) aluminum yacht to its portfolio of cabin cruisers of 15 to 21m (49 to 69ft.) .
The company says it does well in reeling in middle-aged buyers. “To appeal to financially comfortable customers in their 40s and 50s _ in the Netherlands and abroad _ we are developing a fast-sailing, aluminum Voyager 1800,” says yard owner Bart van den Hoven.
A catalyst for that, he adds, was a 2017 visit by yachting media types from Italy, Spain and Scandinavia organized by the Orange Yachting Group, part of HISWA Holland Marine Industry.
“Those journalists told us they loved the design and finishing of our boats, but added they wouldn’t sell in their countries. Too slow for long distances there,” says Van den Hoven. He commissioned designer Rene van der Velden to draw a fast 18m yacht with 2 engines and a top speed of 21.5 knots. The bare hull will be built toward the end of the year. The yacht will boast twin 6-cylinder Volvo Penta engines (725HP each) for a maximum speed of around 21 knots.
In July, Van den Hoven launched a 17m Executive MK2 (above), fairly soon after the introduction of his new 1500 Mk2 and 1850 which. Van den Hoven says there was “market demand to fill the gap between the latter two. This was how the new Executive 1700 Mk2 was born.” It has massive, new-look wheelhouse windows, a revamped hull below the waterline for more frugal fuel consumption and a DMS Holland stabilizing system.
The yard’s yachts in build include one for an existing customer. At 21m (69ft.), it will be Van den Hoven’s flagship yacht, equipped with fin stabilizers, twin 330HP John Deer engines diesel and hydraulic power for the bow and stern props, the fin stabilizers and mast lowering and raising.