The pearl for the blue waters
Monnickendam, the home of Hakvoort Shipyard, owes its name to the monks who built a dam there back in the 12th century.
Entrepreneurs such as Albert Klzn Hakvoort have played their role too. In 1919, he purchased a shipyard that had launched its first vessel way back in 1780. Hakvoort then went on to lay down the firm foundations of a thriving business that would eventually put the name of Monnickendam back on the world maritime map. Hakvoort Shipyard starting out building fishing boats, moving into the yacht building niche as the demand for pleasure sailing grew.
The yard has remained in family hands throughout the decades, passing down from father to son several times. Moreover, entire families of craftsmen have also worked at Hakvoort for generations, helping create an atmosphere of personal involvement in company and community alike. The inherent quality of yachts such as Lady Duvera and Lady Marina have helped make Hakvoort one of the world’s leading yards.
For many satisfied owners, however, the personal approach they encountered when building their yacht in tiny Monnickendam also remains an abiding memory.
One of the best examples of Hakvoort work is 38 metres long Perle Bleue. Built under supervision of naval architecture firm Diana Yacht Design, and with Donald Starkey Designs in charge for exterior and interior design she has an ideal length and layout for chartering carrying 10 guests including the owners, and offering accommodation for a captain and six crew members. Her main deck features a full-beam master stateroom plus a saloon and dining area, while a beach-type lounge on the bridge deck offers a different mood.
A wealth of outdoor relaxation facilities include large open seating areas on the aft decks and a sun deck with bar, Jacuzzi and pads.
Accommodation for up to eight guests, a captain and six crew is found on the cabin deck, which also houses the engine room with twin Caterpillar diesels. In 2008 Perle Bleue was finalist for the Neptune Award of Boat International and the Super Yacht Society Award best motor yacht under 40 meter. She won the ShowBoats Award Best full displacement motor yacht under 50 meters. ■