Published: Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Claasen Shipyards in the Netherlands is celebrating 30 years of service to the yachting community in 2015. From Truly Classics to super Js, from flat-bottomed racers to the F-class Firefly, the yard has built up an excellent reputation for its "high up wind, down to earth" approach.

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Founded in 1985, Claasen Shipyards first made its name in the Dutch market for flat-bottomed yachts. By the mid-1990s the yard had started building yachts that combine traditional looks with ultra-modern underwater configurations - 19 of these Truly Classics have been launched to date. Claasen has also been part of the J-class revival, launching Lionheart in 2010 and currently building Svea, based on the 1937 design by Tore Holm.

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“Our aim is to expand our presence in the 30- to 40-metre segment of the market where we are specialists in classic and performance sailing yachts,” says Managing Director Joachim Kieft. “The yard will also become even closer to owners and crews by taking part in and sponsoring events like the Superyacht Cup.”

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"The forthcoming launch of a Truly Classic 126 will showcase the increasing focus on new technologies and innovations at Claasen Shipyards," says Kieft. "At the same time we will continue to maintain our reputation as down-to-earth yacht builders who are very close to their clients. This spirit of cooperation has been the yard’s driving force over the past thirty years and will continue to be crucial in the future."