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A typical Jongert
‘This 5200M is a typical Jongert’, says naval architect René van der Velden. ‘In the past you saw a sailing yacht and from a great distance you could already see “That’s a Jongert”. ‘In this design that recognizability has been reintroduced. It’s our vision on the well-known classic Jongert yachts.’ Apart from the own range of yachts Jongert builds also fully custom built yachts. ‘The own range of yachts can be seen as semi custom built’, explains Van der Velden. ‘Accepting that everyone has his own priorities and ideas of how to use this yacht, we work closely with each and everyone of our clients to identify the characteristics that are important to them and incorporate these into the yacht’s design.’
Privacy, luxury and comfort
More than ever the emphasis of the 5200M is on privacy, luxury and comfort. ‘A good example is the beach club zone’, says Van der Velden. ‘This zone includes a large sunbathing platform, a wet bar, a shower and a toilet. This area is accessible directly from the four VIP guest cabins. Another example is the fact that we have made a special passageway alongside the wheelhouse connecting the different sitting areas and thus preventing the use of the gangways. Via the passageway you can, for instance go directly from the wheelhouse on the after deck to the sunbathing area on the front deck.’ The after deck can be used for placing two jet skis on one side and a RIB on the other side. The front deck has enough space for installing a swimming pool or placing a big RIB alongside the spacious sunbathing area. The master cabin (for two persons) is placed in such a way that the beam of the yacht (10,35 m) is fully used.
Focus on sailing yachts
Traditionally the emphasis of the shipyard is on the development and construction of sailing yachts and this will be its main activity’, says Folkert Brongers, general manager of Jongert Shipyard. ‘Jongert is the only Dutch sailing yacht builder with his own range of yachts and has always been top of the line as far as sailing yachts are concerned. We will continue to do so.’ However, Jongert will not forget his former customers, who sometimes desire the comfort and ease of a motor yacht. ‘The motor yacht line is available and will be extended in addition to the existing line the sailing yachts.’ Refitting of yachts will also be one of the activities.
Stronger than ever
A syndicat consisting of the VeKa Group (specialized in the development, construction and completion of inland craft and ocean-going vessels), Werkina Werkendam (leading in the field of maritime electro-technical engineering), DHG (investment company in real estate and developer of high-quality real estate projects) and Rabo Private Equity (a company that also participates in IHC) took over Jongert Shipyard BV in 2009. ‘Each of these shareholders has a very solid financial foundation’, says Brongers. ‘Thanks to this construction Jongert is stronger than ever. This creates confidence with our employees, suppliers, existing clients and new clients. This is shown by the fact that we have orders for two motor yachts and one sailing yacht (total sales value exceeding € 40 million) and many quotations already made to/and new enquiries received from potential customers for new yachts and refits.
Photo Credit: René van der Velden Yacht Design
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