New construction hall currently in build is scheduled to enter operation this spring.

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Construction of the facility has already started, with the steel framing of the construction completely finished

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has announced the opening of a new construction hall. The new facility is scheduled to enter operation in the spring.

The Dutch boatbuilder, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, says the new production site follows on from the yard’s successful participation at the Boot Düsseldorf show and will be seamlessly integrated with the launching of seven major projects in the months ahead.

“The new Van der Valk production hall will allow us to build motoryachts up to 40m-plus with up to three decks — something for which the existing facilities had been slightly too small,” says the company in a statement.

The shell of the new hall – the roof and walls – will be completed in time for the Experience Event, which will be held from 23-26 March. This annual open-house gathering allows Van der Valk owners and potential clients to take a comprehensive look behind the scenes at the yard and see the latest projects in build and close to completion.

A good year

In 2016 Van der Valk launched a number of yachts, including the 23m Grey Falcon, which the yard claims is one of the fastest Van der Valk’s ever launched with a top speed of 32 knots.

The company also received several new orders, the most recent being a semi-custom sister vessel to Grey Falcon, which will be delivered in 2018.

Grey Falcon

The 23m Grey Falcon, which the yard claims is one of the fastest Van der Valk’s ever launched with a top speed of 32 knots

Another highlight of 2016 was the introduction of the BeachClub line, Van der Valk’s concept for mid-size motoryachts developed in cooperation with the designer Cor D. Rover and Ginton Naval Architects.

This new range of all-aluminium vessels will comprise an engine room in the same area as the swimming platform, giving owners an unprecedented amount of space, both indoors and out. While the patent is still pending on this innovative concept, construction of the first of the new yachts will start.

New launches

Seven new vessels are due to be launched in 2017: three flybridge yachts of 18m, 23m and 27m, respectively, two 26m raised pilothouse yachts, a 25m explorer and the 19m BeachClub 600.

Van der Valk has also confirmed that it will work on a number of refit projects.

A family-owned shipyard, Van der Valk Shipyard employs more than 45 craftsmen and is located in Waalwijk, the Netherlands. Wim Van der Valk, the yard’s founder, is still a driving force behind the company.