Van der Valk

Shipyard

DNA

As a family-run company with a pedigree spanning several generations, Van der Valk understands the value of keeping our word and creating yachts that stand the test of time. We build boats that perform as well as they look, and see Van der Valk owners as members of the family who are regularly welcomed home, often for new orders.

These close client relations start with the first discussion of requirements and continue long after delivery with a first-class support network of local representatives. Our yard has short lines of communication and a flat organisational structure, ensuring a pleasant working environment. And our relationship with co-makers – designers, engineers and suppliers of systems, components and materials – revolves around long-term partnerships and superior products.

All this and more allows Van der Valk to apply advanced solutions, systems and materials that meet your budget. All staff are encouraged to follow training courses and research new possibilities and applications. This ensures that their know-how remains up to date, and fully at your service as a client.

Mission statement
We aim to develop safe, comfortable, innovative and efficient (semi) custom motoryachts up to 40m with a balanced price-quality ratio. This is achieved via the application of science, technology and fine craftsmanship.

Our future vision
To continue to realise client dreams by building state-of-the-art yachts in a strong partnership with owners and in close cooperation with designers and suppliers.

HERITAGE

A passionate yachtsman and watersport enthusiast, Wim van der Valk founded the company that bears his name in 1967, and remains the driving force behind it today. Since its inception, Van der Valk has built a rich heritage in both steel and aluminium motoryachts. The success of the first cabin and aft-cabin design cruisers measuring from seven to ten metres quickly attracted widespread attention from the yachting public.

Starting out

A passionate yachtsman and watersport enthusiast, Wim van der Valk founded the company that bears his name in 1967, and remains the driving force behind it today. Since its inception, Van der Valk has built a rich heritage in both steel and aluminium motoryachts. The success of the first cabin and aft-cabin design cruisers measuring from seven to ten metres quickly attracted widespread attention from the yachting public.

Rise to prominence

More triumphs followed in quick succession. The models which marked the 1970s – the Valkkruiser, Comfort, Royal, Falcon and Super Falcon – fast became shorthand for quality. Thanks to constant innovation and quality improvements, Van der Valk established an excellent reputation and soon took its place among prominent and well-respected Dutch shipyards.

Progressive design

In the mid-1980s, we launched the Vitesse series – steel and aluminium semi-displacement motoryachts in a high-end segment. This proved to be another international success, thanks to its progressive design, great sailing characteristics and high resale value.

The Continental series

Towards the end of the 1990s we introduced the elegant Continental I series, which would become our signature product. Over one hundred yachts have since been built to this design for proud owners throughout the world. The aft-cabin Continental I series has evolved over the years, and is still a gorgeous model within our range today.

Our story becomes your story

Today, Van der Valk’s production facilities in Waalwijk (NL) produce only a select number of Continental yachts every year. This ensures unrivalled quality and exclusivity for individual owners. Each and every Continental benefits from the strictest quality control and a first-rate construction process. Only after intensive sea trials and quality control procedures can boats leave the yard for delivery to their new owners.

The Team

Facilities

Van der Valk’s production complex is located in Waalwijk, in the southern province of North Brabant, close to the cities of Tilburg and ‘s-Hertogenbosch and just an hour away from Amsterdam. It consists of an office and five state-of-the-art production halls.

Aluminium construction hall

Every Continental starts its life in the aluminium construction hall, which measures 60.7 metres by 20.3. The hull, superstructure and all supporting elements – masts, hardtops and other aluminium components – are built and welded here.

Assembly halls

We have two assembly halls, one covering 35.5 x 36.4 metres and another that measures 42.5 metres by 25.6. The former is dedicated to yachts ranging from 15 to 25 metres in length, while the latter houses boats from 20 to 40 metres. The entire interior installation – piping, plumbing, technical and electrical systems, and interior carpentry – are fitted on the boats here. The larger assembly hall also contains a standalone carpentry factory, and is used for the exterior painting of yachts above 25 metres.

Painting hall

Yachts below 25 metres are painted in Van der Valk’s exterior painting facility, which measures 30.5 metres by 22.7 and houses the paint coordination office. There is also a 17.2 x 13.4 m interior spray painting hall used for smaller exterior elements and non-fixed interior components. This includes varnishing and veneering as well as complete repainting.

Warehouse

The warehouse is the main location where parts are delivered. Van der Valk practices just-in-time delivery, which means that the necessary components arrive when they are effectively needed. Just-in-time delivery eliminates excess inventory and minimises stock-related overhead costs. The warehouse is 35.5 metres by 15.6.

Sales office

The sales office accommodates most sales-related departments, including sales, marketing & PR and accounting, as well as the production manager’s and director’s offices.

Production office

The two-floor production office houses production-related departments, such as purchasing, the planning & work preparation office, and the electric/navigation developers.

Crane and Docks

Van der Valk’s premises include a paved open area of 7000 m². There is access to the river via 120 metres of dock, which includes a crane with a capacity of 30 tonnes.

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