Albert Hakvoort Sr.’s love of engines began when he saw Canadian troops liberate Monnickendam when he was four. One soldier rode a Harley and, half a century later in 1995, Albert bought an HD Fat Boy for himself. Other iconic bikes have since been given the beamiest handlebars going by the stainless steel wizards at Hakvoort.

Albert’s relationship with motorboats started at a young age too. He was 14 when he joined his father’s yard; he still remembers hoping to earn enough to buy gloves to stave off the cold. The Hakvoort family had been building boats since 1919 on a site that dates back to the 1300s. But Albert Sr. was determined to write history of his own, putting Hakvoort Shipyards on the map with famous superyachts like Lady Marina, Lady Duvera, Perle Bleue, JeMaSa, SnowbirD, MIRGAB V and Apostrophe.

Today, the extended facilities create custom motoryachts up to 65m with Klaas and Albert Jr. at the helm. As one of the few genuine family yards left, Albert Sr. is sure of the secret behind Hakvoort’s success: “We’ll never be the biggest yard – but we promise that every boat launched here will be the very best of its kind at the time.”

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  • 22 jun 2017

    Hakvoort Shipyard, working in close cooperation with Ocean Independence & Ocean Management has delivered the 38,25-metre superyacht Soprano to her first-time owners.

    With an exterior designed by Diana Yacht Design and an interior by Felix Buytendijk, Soprano is a testimony both to teamwork and the luxuries and comfort available on a bespoke motoryacht of premium Dutch pedigree. Built to the exacting specifications of the LY3 code, this delightful motor yacht will also be a welcome addition to the limited number of options for first-class charter in this size range.

    Soprano has a classical overall feel, with an elegant canoe stern that was a key element in the owners’ brief. Having previously seen and fallen in love with Sagamar and Spada – both fine examples of Hakvoort’s experience with traditional designs – they were determined to create their very own with canoe stern beauty. They also set out to capitalise on the unrivalled expertise that Hakvoort offers in luxurious, medium-sized classical superyachts.

    At the same time, Soprano also showcases the Dutch yard’s ability to build in the very latest systems and facilities within a truly first-class finish. And a closer look at her classical profile reveals a plethora of ingenious contemporary elements within her soft lines, folds and curves.

    “Soprano is a real gentleman’s yacht, blending the timeless beauty of our maritime tradition with lots of modern touches,” says director Albert Hakvoort jr. “She provides an excellent performance at sea, is exceptionally quiet and is superbly finished: the quality of the materials – the finest marbles and woods – is as important as the seamless way in which they have been fitted together. The owners asked us to create the full package for them – and Soprano certainly delivers.

    Packing a punch
    The clients were highly involved in the build. Soprano is their first superyacht and the fact that they chose Hakvoort is a testament to the impression Spada made on them when they visited her in the sou. They wanted Soprano to be suitable for chartering, however, as they knew they would not be able to use their yacht all the time and did not want her to sit idle. As such, she has three cabins in addition to the main suite: a full-beam VIP suite and two guest cabins, of which one contains a Pullman bed recessed in the ceiling and ensuite bathrooms.

    Hakvoort My Soprano_owners stateroomUnassuming elegance Overall, the interior has an understated detailing and colours resting on the basic combination of rich mahogany, white lacquer and a single type of natural stone – limestone).

    “Like myself, the owners prefer unassuming elegance to flashy designs,” Buytendijk explains. “The same combination of colours and materials is found throughout the interior, in the main stateroom, guest areas and lounges, based on a philosophy that any boat below 60 metres should have a unified style.” 

    Bright and functional
    The stairs from the guest area come up directly into Soprano’s main deck lounge, as her engine is located amidships.Hakvoort My Soprano_main deck salon A large pop-up TV screen is concealed in the stairway board. The saloon and dining area are separated by a low divider, ensuring an open feel. The dining room has lots of concealed storage space, and the saloon contains a dry bar. “The sky lounge is more informal and clearly characterized by a New England beach house style,” Buytendijk adds. “When it’s opened to the aft deck, it creates a single coherent area, with the same furniture inside and out.” The teak sun deck is quite large for this size of yacht, and includes a Jacuzzi, barbecue and bar. A dumb waiter coming up from the galley also stops on the bridge deck aft behind a panel.

    Ideal for global bluewater cruising and available for charter in the Mediterranean through Ocean Independence, the yacht provides ample accommodation and amenities for 9 guests and 7 crew. With her attractive profile and classic lines and built to the highest standards by Hakvoort Shipyard, Soprano boasts plenty of personality and is a perfect yacht to relax with family and friends.

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  • 27 sep 2017

    The Monaco Yacht Show is the representative of the luxury yachting sector: shipyards, brokers, designers, equipment manufacturers and other luxury goods. Holland’s leading role in the superyacht industry has created a special relationship with the Monaco Yacht Show. Each year the Dutch pavilion is packed with visitors keen to see what our members have to offer, and the quays also have many Dutch superyachts on the show.

    Personality, stability, Heritage … and much more besides await you. Join us as we showcase 10 stands of Dutch suppliers, all packed with new innovations. Enjoy the Dutch hospitality and share your thoughts with specialists from every area of the Dutch superyacht industry.We look forward to seeing you in our Holland Pavilion to give you all the information you need about our members!

    Visit the Holland Pavilion at Quai Antoine 1er B
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