Heady days at Saffier Yachts
IJMUIDEN ~ These are heady days at Saffier Yachts. The yard that has redefined daysailers, today makes them in gorgeous ‘Classic’ and ‘Elegance’ lines of up to 10m. The market appreciates that. In the 2nd half of 2015, Saffier Yachts must complete 14 new yachts. For 2016, it has already 19 orders. The yard, whose fleet now numbers some 600, eyes an ambitious expansion.
In the late 1990s, Richard Hennevanger crafted a 6.5m boat (photo) that would be safe and sturdy enough to take for a spin on the ever-turbulent North Sea. Today, his sons Dennis and Dean market Saffier Yachts in ever larger, ever posher versions.
But since no day passes without someone asking about the Saffier 6.5m, the yard will be re-issuing that original model. The Saffier SC 6.50 Cruise will premiere at the 2016 Boot Duesseldorf. Number 1 has already been sold.
Also new is the Saffier 22 Explorer, a trailerable, planing craft with a sharp bow, double rudders, a lifting bulb keel, a one-pit stove and an electric engine. It is meant for sailors young and old. The yard calls it an “‘adventure boat” that is easily hauled from the water. Like an open cat, it lacks spreaders and stays and has a carbon-reinforced mast.
Saffier Yachts has built a life-size mock version. “Before we order the molds, we want to optimize the yacht to our specifications on a 1-to-1 model,” says Dennis Hennevanger. “That way we know for certain the final outcome will be OK.”
The new projects have led Saffier Yachts to open new, more smartly laid-out production facilities. In addition to building luxury daysailers, the yard is also involved in yacht design for private clients, making molds for third parties, handling timber and isolation work on Dutch fishing vessels and leisure craft maintenance and repair.