By Robert Wielaard
In 2012, a lean year for many yachtbuilders, Mulder Shipyard completed an ambitious expansion that pays off handily today. The yard says it builds three to five luxury motoryachts of up to 34m a year, boasts ”a solid portfolio of orders” and now enjoys enough elbow room for refits and maintenance.
“We never over-reach,” Dick Mulder tells SB at the Amsterdam HISWA in-Water boat show where a Mulder 34 dwarfs rival brands bobbing on the waters. While, Mulder Shipyard craft have grown in length over the years, the yard is careful not to overplay its hand. “Yachtbuilders must do what they can do. And what they enjoy doing,” says Mulder.
He says his yard is most comfortable in building semi and full-custom yachts of 15 to 35, 40m. “In the years ahead we may build longer, but that is not the aim. Production continuity is important to us,” says Mulder. “We want to be able to handle also maintenance and refits. Our recent expansion lets us do that,” says Mulder.
The expansion added two 58m drydocks and a 100-tonne boat lift to a 30m production hall.
Mulder excludes building sailing yachts saying his yard lacks that expertise. But he applauds Project-85, the 85m sailing yacht that Oceanco, maker of very large motoryachts and sailing yacht maker Vitters have jointly produced. “That’s excellent! I think there is a future for such collaborative projects between motor and sailboat makers,” says Mulder.
Nick Mulder, the yard’s sales chief and son-of, says the Netherlands, Germany, Britain and the USA are key markets for his company which has a staff of 50. Mulder Shipyard will be present at both the Cannes and Monaco shows this year.