YARD UPDATE '07: Van Dam Nordia

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The 24m ketch Ophira V and a 21.3m (70ft) performance cruiser… June 2007

Van Dam Nordia delivered this summer the Nordia 80 Traditional ketch Ophira V, built for an octagenarian client. This one, the build time for which was just under two years, is the owner’s third Nordia yacht. The first, the 17.4m (57ft) ketch Ophira III, was delivered in 1981 and the second, the 18.9m (62ft) sloop Ophira IV, in 1992.

  Current work-in-progress at the yard includes a 21.3m (70ft) performance cruiser... 


One usual aspect of Ophira V is the fact that she includes four lifting eyes on her decks. They allow her to be lifted aboard some of the heavy-lift shipping owned by her owner’s company and transported for him around the world.
Current work-in-progress at the yard includes a 21.3m (70ft) performance cruiser. She recently transferred to the yard for fit-out, having been fabricated at subcontractor Scheepswerft Mader. She delivers for May ’08.
Plus the yard is said to be at advances stages of negotiation for two more projects, one designed by Rob Humphrey’s and the other
A new initiative was also floated earlier this year. The yard is promoting a conceptual range of all-aluminium motoryachts between 22-30m (70-100ft), which like all of the sailing yachts it has delivered thus far was created in-house. Currently basic specifications have been prepared for 22m (72ft), 26m (85ft) and 30m (98ft) models have been worked up. Each is capable of top speeds around 22 knots and 18-knot fast cruising, but there are two different styles on offer — the ‘LX’ megayacht look or the more sporty ‘GT’. Van dam Nordia has signed no motoryacht orders as yet, but when it does eventually win such a contract the likely build time should be around two years.
To date Van Dam Nordia’s biggest project was the 30.5m Alustar aluminium pilothouse sloop Psyrax. She completed in ‘05.
Based in the historic Dutch town of Aalsmeer, Van dam Nordia has been building boats ever since its foundation in 1881, although these days it does not build its own hulls and superstructures, but concentrates on fitting out. Particularly impressive is the fact that the yard, which today employs some 40 people, remains a family concern. The current managing director is Robert Van Dam, the man responsible for all the current Nordia designs.
The yard’s archives contain records of every commission the yard has ever received. Its first ever new build was a rowing boat, but by the ’20-30s it started building small wooden motorboats. Then after the Second World War it switched to wooden sailing boats and during the ‘60s it switched once more over to steel. Around 15 years or so ago it switched yet again to aluminium.

© Phil Draper