Major contract for Dutch builder

By Dag Pike
Fri May 19 2017, 11:28 AM

Linssen Yachts has received a significant contract from a French charter firm

Dutch motorboat builder Linssen has received a significant contract to build 25 yachts. The contract comes from the French charter company Locaboat Holidays and, in a press release, Linssen states that this is an initial order, suggesting that there is the expectation for the contract to be extended.

This is one of the largest contracts for Linssen, a major builder of steel yachts in Holland.

Locaboat will use the new yachts to strengthen its European charter fleet and to replace some of the existing boats in its extensive charter fleet.

The contract was signed between Yvonne Linssen and Ed Houben of Linssen Yachts BV, and Serge Naïm and Ophélie Barrière of Locaboat Holidays in Paris. “Larger numbers will follow on a regular basis over the years to come,” reads the statement.

Locaboat is one of the biggest players in the European charter industry and now has around 380 self-drive motoryachts available from several locations across Europe. The yachts produced by this new contract will be used at Locaboat bases in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland.

The contract between the two companies includes an order for 18 units of a brand-new model of a Pénichette design that has been developed between the two companies.

Locaboat already has Pénichette design in its charter fleet, which is a charter boat concept based on traditional canal barge designs. The new design is scheduled to be presented in July.

The remainder of the contract comprises seven Linssen Grand Sturdy 34.9 AC models, which are a standard design from the Linssen range.