YARD UPDATE '07: Jongert

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Two ’07 sailing new-builds, plus a move into motoryachts… June 2007

March ’07 saw the launch of Ithaka after a build programme that lasted just over 18 months. She is the fifth of the successful Doug Peterson-designed 27m (89ft) Jongert 2700M sailing cruiser models. Weighing in at around the €8 million mark, this one included revised aft-deck and cockpit areas, as well as a sliding roof like the Jongert 2900M Ameena that launched in ‘04. She’s a pretty yacht with a foredeck pool that doubles as a well for tender stowage and a pearwood interior with LED lighting.
Work in progress includes another 27m (89ft), the sixth 2700M due for imminent delivery, and a 24m (80ft) Jongert 2400M for an ’08 handover. Plus work on the first 20m (66ft) ‘mini’ Jongert, designated the 2000M, is set to begin in October ‘07. This latter model will be of interest for her more environmentally friendly onboard power solutions. For instance, she will include diesel-electric propulsion, including a Hübner-Braun retractable ‘cycloid propulsor’, plenty of solar panels, wind generation capabilities, and a lithium-ion battery bank.

  Two Jongert sailing yachts delivered during calendar ‘06...  

Jongert has also been fabricating hulls and superstructures for other builders. It is currently working on a project for Moonen.
Beyond those, Jongert recently announced it would soon be new-building motoryachts as well. It has built motoryachts in the past, but not since it relocated to much bigger purpose-built superyacht construction premises just outside its longstanding home town of Medemblik. Its capacity there would be around 60m (197ft), although thus far nothing over 45m (148ft) has been constructed. Its first motoryacht project is a 27m (89ft) for delivery in ’09. It was designed by Guido de Groot, who has also come up with conceptual 38m (125ft) and 45m (148ft) designs, which are said to be close to translating into contracts.
Two Jongert sailing yachts delivered during calendar ‘06. They were the 24m (80ft) Jongert 2400M Charisma Nova and the 22m Jongert 2200M Adriana.
Jongert employs about 100 or so employees directly and 20 or so across its three equipment and service subsidiaries — Hydromar (hydraulic systems) and Doctronic (electronics). Its Nirvana spar operation dissolved recently.
Jongert usually subcontracts things like paint and teak decking.
Getting on for 350 yachts have been launched by the yard since it began back in ‘53, almost 170 of which are true ‘Jongerts’ sailing yachts.
The yard is under the control of Jan Jongert.

© Phil Draper