Skip to main content

Marquis Yachts signs deal to build Dutch company’s boats

Marquis Yachts signed an agreement with Dutch yacht builder VanDutch Marine Ltd. to become the company’s sole manufacturer of all of its yachts sold worldwide.

Starting this month, Marquis will build all VanDutch models, including its 30-foot, 40-foot, 40-foot Walk-Around, 45-foot, 55-foot and its new 70-foot VanDutch Yacht, which will be launched globally in the first quarter of 2014, at the Marquis factory in Pulaski, Wis.

The company plans to hire 70 new employees immediately and expects that number to grow to 150 in the near future, Marquis president Robert VanGrunsven said in a statement.

“Contract manufacturing is very prevalent in Europe,” VanGrunsven told the Green Bay Post Gazette. “We have an agreement we believe that is going to go for several years and we’re looking forward to it.”

The deal has been in the works for about three months, he told the paper, adding that VanDutch production tools and fixtures will be moved from Europe to Pulaski.

“It’s incredibly impressive with the success and retail demand that VanDutch has had in selling their unique and beautiful yachts around the world in such a short period of time, particularly throughout the global marine industry’s downturn,” VanGrunsven said in a statement. “Clearly, VanDutch has become the global marine industry’s most impressive and greatest success story in record time.”

“We are extremely impressed with the level of Marquis’ yacht-building sophistication, along with its dedicated workforce throughout its Pulaski, Wis., campus,” VanDutch America CEO Anko Mast said in a statement. “VanDutch has had great success selling its unique and beautiful yachts around the world; we are also impressed with the high quality and success of Marquis yachts, which was one of our main reasons for choosing Marquis to become the exclusive manufacturer for all VanDutch yachts globally.”

VanDutch Marine was founded in 2008. Its first introduction — the VanDutch 40 — rolled out in 2009 and has sold more than 110. The VanDutch 45 and 70 are under construction and will be available in early 2014.

Marquis is a private company owned by John Paul DeJoria and Irwin Jacobs through J&D Acquisitions.

Related

1_ABA

ABA Celebrates 30 Years

The America Boatbuilders Association was founded in 1992 with the objective of collectively buying engines, raw materials and manufactured products at better prices.

1_YEARGIN

Who, Not How

Sometimes, to solve a tough problem, you need to get a different person in the room.

1_WHALESACTION

NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.

1_AXOPAR

Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.

1_IAN

Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.

Norm

Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.

1_NMRA

NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.

1_ PULSE.PING.2

DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.

1_EPROPULSION

EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.