Boney M – Daddy Cool (1976)

31st of May 2016

Daddy Cool

Bobby Farell Zorgvlied Daddy Cool grave

Bobby Farrell is burried at the Amsterdam Zorgvlied cemetery, located near the Amstel river Many Dutch writers,

singers, and actors found their last resting place there.

New Royal Van Lent XL Yacht Building Facility in Amsterdam to Open in 2019

30th of May 2016

Feadship Amsterdam

(Zoom in on the photo and you can see Holland JachtBouw at three o’ clock  🙂

Work on Feadship Van Lent’s second yard will begin this summer. Yard / shed / drydock are due to open in 2019. Room

for yachts of up to 160m or 525 ft. Construction hall of 5500 m2 (or 59,201 sq ft) in size. Exactely the same as

Oceanco’s new shed, which is already operational since March of 2015

This new yard will create 150 extra yachtbuilding jobs, and is located 20 minutes from Schiphol Amsterdam airport.

The old and quite rundown facilities on Kaag island will get a much needed refit. They will remain the primary Van Lent

hub of operations.

First Van Lent XL launch in Amsterdam-West in 2020?


Van Lent is owned by French luxury conglomerate LVMH. Considering the yard’s full orderbooks and the decades old

trend of ever larger new builds this new facility is a logical step. But: what took them so long? And: building superyachts

is a highly cyclical and risky business. Considering the very deep pockets of Mr Arnault a more anti cyclical schedule of

investing would have been smarter?

A next recession or even depression might be closer than many people think. But perhaps the coming recession will be

mostly over by 2020. Let’s hope so

ODS metaal basisweg Amsterdam Feadship

The new Van Lent yard will be built at the Basisweg, which is very close to the A5 Westrandweg highway. Thanks to local

newspaper Parool for the further info

Feadship’s other and larger member Royal De Vries bought the old AMELS yard in Makkum back in August of 2005

According to Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad the total investment in Westpoort by both LVMH and Van Lent

is tens of millions of euros. Feadship refused to give an exact number. Van Lent now has about 300 employees says the FD.

At Kaag island yachts of max 90 m will continue to be built by 450 people (Probably 300 from Van Lent and 150 from

subcontractors and freelancers)


Building a completely new yard with large drydock can be quite expensive. Buying an existing yacht yard much less so.

The Jongert yard is / was for sale asking 5 million euros. And the ICON yard was sold in 2014 for 8.5 million euros

Men At Work – Overkill (1983)

29th of May 2016

Men At Work

Feadship Van Lent’s 70m Motoryacht Joy Christenend

29th of May 2016

Joy 1 Joy 2 Joy 3 Joy 4 Joy 5

Photos courtesy of Dutch Yachting    Exterior styling by Bannenberg & Rowell. She looks well, different. Or one could

say she stands out  🙂  Second and final launch of 2016 for Royal Van Lent. First was motoryacht Vanish in January

Hull of build number 812 arrived at Kaag island in February 2015

I’m very curious how she will look in relatively heavy seas with that foreward low and half-open tender bay?

Gross Tonnage: 1000 GT (Estimate)

Price / cost Feadship Joy:  62 million euros  (Estimate)


Kool & The Gang – Take My Heart (1981)

29th of May 2016

Kool & The Gang

Heesen’s 50m Motoryacht My Loyalty Sea Trails

29th of May 2016

Heesen Loyalty BW

Photo taken in Stellendam by Cornelis Niemantsverdriet    Aka Project Akoya. All aluminium semi-displacement yacht.

Volume: 499 GT. Price / cost:  32.9 million Euros. Delivery in June 2016

Heesen Yachts

De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays (1991)

21st of May 2016

Girl on thumbnail (Well chosen 🙂 ) and in video is Vinia Mojica. A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays was produced

by Prince Paul of Stetsasonic

First 19.8m / 65 ft Elling E6 Motoryacht Launched

21st of May 2016

Elling E6 50pcElling E6 galley 25pc

Ten years after the first E4 now a new Elling Yachts top model. Boat was officially introduced at the

Amsterdam Marina (Video).  Like all Ellings the new E6 has a large sliding sunroof. Apart from the obvious advantages

this also makes taking out the engine much easier and cheaper

Seakeeper gyro stabilizing is optional. Main engine is a 900 hp six cylinder Volvo Penta. Wing engine a 75 hp four cylinder

of the same brand

L.O.A :  19.8m or 65 ft

Beam:  5.35m or 17.5 ft

Draft:  1.25m or 4 ft

Air draft:  4m or 12 ft

Price / cost estimate:  1.8 million Euros

Other news:

Feadships Kamino (#693) and Moon Sand Too (#691) in Bergen Norway. Wajer 38 tender belongs to Kamino.

(Third of this series is hull #692 Avatar)

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