VanDutch has been making a true push into the American market recently, and it has every reason to expect success, mostly due to the fact that its boats are truly striking. That’s a word that gets overused in marine journalism—full disclosure: I’m guilty as charged—but in the case of VanDutch it is the God’s honest truth. Take for example the company’s new 40. She’s a perfectly sized runabout that looks every bit the part of a big-boy toy made with full emphasis on fun in the sun. I spoke to Chris Holtzheuser, the president of VanDutch, about his company, and the 40 in particular. Here’s what he had to say:
Power & Motoryacht: Tell me about VanDutch—the boats were all over the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Holtzheuser: We started in 2008 during the onset of the recession. The founders had built thousands of Dutch sloops in Holland, and they paired with Frank Mulder, the designer, and started VanDutch. Since then we’ve delivered more than 110 boats. We’ve been amazingly successful.
Power & Motoryacht: What’s special about the 40?
Holtzheuser: Because of the boat’s sharp entry she is an incredible sea boat. We’re also affiliated with a noise and vibration abatement company, so you won’t see much over 63 decibels when you’re running her. There’s not much vibration at all. She’s extremely still. The 40 has Yanmars and Cummins available. We used to do only Yanmars. So that’s different.
Power & Motoryacht: What else can boaters expect from VanDutch boats?
Holtzheuser: Our boats come with just about anything you can think of included. All the options, everything. Our boats also have extremely clean lines. All the lighting, the anchor, the cleats, everything recesses into the deck. It’s completely clean. We’ve got a real nice look.
HMY Yacht Sales, 561-262-4132; www.hmy.com
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This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.