By Robert Wielaard

Dutch superyacht builder Jongert says it is for sale and “actively looking for a partner.” The company speaks of uneasy times, but discounts a recently published report that it has closed its doors.

The company tells SB that it is in conversation with several parties it did not identify. It said it “remains hopeful of a takeover to secure a future for Jongert.”

Jongert has built 325 yachts since 1953. Today it specialises in semi-custom and custom sailing and motoryachts of up to 60 metres.

Located 25 miles north of Amsterdam, the yard has been part of the Dutch VEKA shipbuilding group since 2009.

Jongert’s strength lies in performance and cruising sailing yachts, both modern and traditionally styled. It is a sector much smaller than that of motoryachts and not enjoying the same growth as the latter.

“The sailing superyacht sector is not an easy one right now but we do recognise that the market is picking up. We are therefore optimistic that we can make a prosperous new start as soon as a takeover has been finalised” says a Jongert yard official.

Recently, Jongert completed an 18-month refit Tamer II, a 36m sailing yacht it built in 1986. It is also working on a 32m performance sailing yacht. “A buyer of Jongert will end up with a very experienced yard,” says one company official.