Days of Yore
The Super Van Craft brand lives on
ALKMAAR _ The smooth, chic lines of Super Van Craft motor yachts have graced the waters of the Netherlands and beyond since 1935. Recently, Jachtwerf Claassen BV _ which has built more than 600 of the motor yachts _ found a new home for the manufacture of its iconic, top-flight yachts: Nautisch Centrum Nicolaas Witsen in Alkmaar, north of Amsterdam. It has big plans for the future of the Super Van Craft brand.
Super Van Craft range from 11 to 22m and flaunt very elegant, very traditional lines and gorgeous teak superstructures. Sea Level Yacht Design, a Dutch studio which has worked on the yachts’ looks in recent years, has left these untouched. Importantly, the Super Van Craft’s broad hull and characteristic fan bow are still there.
“These are modern yachts with classical lines,” says Nicolaas Witsen Director Remon De Nijs. “They are built the way boats should be built.” His yard has been building and repairing ships since 1853. Today it sits on 32,000 sq. meters and offers refit and storage facilities for some 700 yachts of 20m and more.
De Super Van Craft series comprises 4 models: the Flybridge, Wheelhouse, Convertible and River. Over the years, the Nicolaas Witsen yard has built up a lot of experience with the Super Van Craft. “This is a brand that fits us to a T,” says De Nijs. “We know it inside and out.”
De Nijs plans to extend his client base by offering Super Van Craft owners maintenance, repair, refit, storage and brokerage services. He also plans to issue ‘owners cards’ that offer discounts and to found a Super Van Craft owners’ club.