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New Dutch yacht brand launches


A new yacht builder in the Netherlands says it plans to build aluminum yachts from 50 to 85 feet. Sichterman Yachts said in a statement that it has already sold four boats and will launch its first boat soon.

The new brand said that WJH Yachtservice will build its boats. That shipyard specializes in sailboat production.

“I visited WJH Yachtservice in Workum, Friesland back in 2015, exploring business for the Dutch sailing yachts Lemsteraken,” said Bart Rehe, Sichterman CEO, in the statement. “Talking to Jelle Douma, frontman of WJH, our conversations shifted towards the development of innovative luxury motor yachts and the rare opportunity we had if we joined forces. Today, those conversations finally become reality.”

Douma said his company had to adjust to building powerboats. “We’ve been producing Dutch sailing vessels for decades,” Douma said in the statement. “This leap we took is an incredible adventure. Building a Sichterman challenges us to increase the quality of our work continuously, creating boats that last.”

Sichterman is also working with yacht designer Cor D. Rover, who designed the exteriors, and Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Both firms are considered leaders in the superyacht industry.

“Everything we’ve learned about superyachts over the years, we put in this exciting fleet,” said Rover in the statement. “A Sichterman can be recognized by its modern feel, yet timeless design. The vertical bow creates a sense of robustness whilst making it one of the most efficient yachts in the market as well.”

“Our company motto is Nil Vinclis Dulcius Illis, which basically means that nothing is stronger than the bond we have with our partners Cor D. Rover, Van Oossanen and WJS Yachtservice,” added Reginald Timmermans, Sichterman’s CCO. “We know that individually we can all go a long way, but as a team we can conquer the world.”


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