Building beauty

Operating in the historical Monnickendam since 1919, when entrepreneur Albert Klzn Hakvoort acquired a shipyard, Hakvoort Shipyard started out building fishing boats before moving into the yacht-building niche as demand for these types of vessels grew. Over the years the family firm, which has been passed down from father to son several times since its inception, has developed an enviable global reputation thanks to the inherent quality of yachts such as Lady Duvera and Lady Marina.

Through immaculately planned construction and efficient use of available deck space, Lady Duvera represented another internationally recognised achievement for the shipyard. Turning heads wherever she cruises, Lady Duvera has an A-mast for improved accessibility and is equipped with state-of-the-art onboard technology as well as facilities that allow her decks to be enjoyed at any time of year. Meanwhile, the interior of this stunning vessel, designed by Felix Buytendijk, offers a remarkable balance of the classical and avante garde.

Since it was previously featured in Shipping & Marine magazine in May 2014, Hakvoort has continued to impress those within the shipbuilding industry with its impeccable boats. A recent example of this would be Just J’s, which, at 61 metres, is the largest superyacht ever built by the shipyard and is viewed as a triumph of vision, design and state-of-the-art technology. Built in steel with an aluminium superstructure, the exterior design was created by Sinot Yacht Design, while Diana Yacht Design created the naval architecture. “We have just delivered this 61 metre yacht, which is a lovely looking boat with a great internal design; it also has an elevator, a pool and a jacuzzi,” says Albert Hakvoort Jr, Joint Managing Director of Hakvoort Shipyard.

Each of the stunning vessel’s decks has a theme, which are linked across the yacht, with the indoor and outdoor areas harmonising both in terms of colour references, materials and comfort. Although the finesse and detailing of materials may vary, with the wall paneling in the master suite 100 per cent raw silk, for example, while the hallways are linen, the materials on each deck all belong to the same palette. This design choice reflects a tendency for coherent, pleasing lines of sight throughout the yacht as well as an organic connection with the outside world.

Able to accommodate 12 in a master cabin, VIP cabin, four doubles on the main deck and a double as well as a twin on the lower deck, Just J’s has ample space for both owners and guests, with a private owner’s deck above the main deck and a master suite that benefits from 180 degree views from its large windows; it also boasts his and hers bathrooms and dressing rooms, a master study and sky lounge. The main deck is home to most guest cabins, all of which offer incredible views thanks to the large windows; there is also easy access to a large salon with formal dining table. Moreover, the bridge deck has a cinema room as well as ample exterior space with a range of sun loungers and sofas and a three x two metre swimming pool.

A stunning example of Hakvoort’s superior workmanship, Just J’s is a magnificent superyacht in every sense. Discussing how Hakvoort ensures optimum quality for its customers, Albert explains: “We don’t design ourselves, but instead work with several designers to ensure superior quality at a better price than other shipyards. However, during the design process, where the owner selects a designer and the vessel is designed, we get the plans and look at the design to see if what they want is technically possible. We find any problems, take them out of the design, and then send our plans back with a solid technical solution for the designer to approve. We do this for all parts of the vessel, from the outside to the inside, because designers tend to not look at units for the aircon or piping for the electrical cables or plumbing. We put these aspects into the design and then send them back to the designer; these changes must be approved before we start work.”

With Just J’s completed and delivered, Hakvoort Shipyard is now focused on getting the two boats in its yard ready for delivery by first quarter of 2017, a 63.3 metre streamliner superyacht and a 38 metre luxury vessel. Announced in October 2014, the company is working on the 38.25 metre yacht in close co-operation with Ocean Independence; it has been designed with a displacement type hull shape and will feature flared V-sections in the bow, large overhangs, a moderate deadrise amid ships and a canoe stern. The YN250 will be able to provide accommodation for nine guests and seven crew members and will feature a sun deck with ample sunbathing space as well as built-in seating with a teak table, a large whirlwind bathtub and a BBQ grill in the bar.

Other features on the yacht include the owner’s suite, complete with stateroom, kingsize bed and bathroom; a main lounge with two sofas in an open plan arrangement with dining area; fine ensuite accommodation on the lower deck and crew quarters.

Meanwhile, the contract for the 63 metre superyacht, Zeus, was signed in January 2013 and will be the largest superyacht ever built by Hakvoort upon its completion. Boasting a unique contemporary profile, which was designed by Rene van der Velden, the vessel’s naval architecture will be designed by Diana Yacht Design while the interior will come from Sinot Yacht Design. A modern classic with a difference, the superyacht’s design has been integrated with the streamlining style of the 1930s and 1940s.

“We are working on the hull of the 63 metre superyacht while H2 makes the joints for the interior; we are also busy with the 38 metre vessel. The yachts are getting a little bigger every year, which I think will be an ongoing trend over the next 20 years, however, we do also get enquiries for smaller boats in the 35-45 metre range,” says Albert.

With an impressive back catalogue and global reputation for building exceptional superyachts, Hakvoort Shipyard is certain to remain in demand as it continues to take on challenging contracts with confidence. “Over the next 12 months we will be looking for another one or two clients for the main shed and smaller shed and I think it will be interesting to see what the market will be over the coming year. The bigger boats will always be there but the smaller boats have made a comeback,” concludes Albert.

Hakvoort Shipyard

  • World famous builder of superyachts, sail and motorboats
  • Just delivered the largest superyacht it has ever built
  • Currently working on two other boats due for delivery in 2017