Lean years lead this yard to think out of the box
MAKKUM – The economic slump that had much of Europe by the throat in recent years largely passed by Tjerk Hutting’s door. Maker of custom-built aluminum sailing yachts of 12 to 18m, Hutting used the lean years to do some out-of-the-box thinking. One fruit of that labor: a sleek 10m ‘’limo tender’’ for a super-yacht now being built in Italy. “When you cannot sell as many sailing yachts as you used to, you need to reposition, find something else,” says Hutting.
As a maker of specialist sailing yachts, Hutting says he felt the pressure from serial yacht builders in recent years. “They go for price. We go for quality,” he says. “That means we can continue to grow in our top-quality segment and innovate in tailor-made yacht building. We are increasingly working B2B, through Dutch naval architects, on top-of-the-market refits and one-offs.”
In good years, Hutting Yachts custom-builds 2 or 3 sailing yachts (left, Hutting45). He got the limo order through an architect working on a super-yacht in Italy. Late last year, the limo was launched for trials which were completed successfully. “The tender is now being finished. It was a challenging project,” says Hutting. “This is a one-off tender of super-yacht quality. It’s grist for our mill, actually. We have been making quality yachts for 38 years.”
Hutting makes richly appointed, aluminum sailing yachts. He is well known to naval architects and designers in the Netherlands who need to fill orders from around the world for large, complex yacht projects.
Hutting Yachts started on the limo tender in March, 2013. It has generated solid interest, says Hutting. “Even though there are a lot of tenders on the market, there are people out there who are keen to have a custom-built tender. One that matches their super-yacht.” Designed by Oossanen Associates en Omega Architects, the limo tender accommodates 10 people and has a top speed of 36knots. It features a curved glass superstructure and a high-performance hull. The foredeck leads to a gangway that slides out of the bow.