Sichterman Yachts sets sail

Named after 18th century Dutch VOC merchant Jan Albert Sichterman, a new yacht builder that is looking to combine decades of family craftsmanship with smart design and superyacht technology, is about to set sail. Aimed at the premium end of the market Sichterman Yachts is currently developing a unique fleet of aluminium boats from 15m (50ft) up to 26m (85ft), of which four yachts have already been sold.

Sichterman CCO Reginald Timmermans told IBI that the range will feature high quality interior and exterior finishes and will be fitted with Seakeeper stabilisers. There will also be what Timmermans describes as a “unique aftersales service programme.”

What started as an idea back in 2015, is now becoming a reality, claims CEO Bart Rehe.

“I visited WJH Yachtservice in Workum (Friesland) back in 2015, exploring business for the Dutch sailing yachts Lemsteraken. Talking to Jelle Douma, frontman of WJH, our conversations shifted towards the development of innovative luxury motor yachts and the rare opportunity we had if we joined forces. Today, those conversations nally become reality.”

For yacht builder Jelle Douma, the shift towards luxury motoryachts meant he and his family company had to adjust. “We’ve been producing Dutch sailing vessels for decades. This leap we took is an incredible adventure. Building a Sichterman challenges us to increase the quality of our work continuously, creating boats that last.”

 “Everything we’ve learned about super yachts over the years, we put in this exciting fleet”

Yacht designer Cor D. Rover and Van Oossanen Naval Architects complete the four pillars the new brand is built on.

Cor D. Rover, responsible for the aesthetic design, states: “Everything we’ve learned about super yachts over the years, we put in this exciting fleet. A Sichterman can be recognized by its modern feel, yet timeless design. The vertical bow creates a sense of robustness whilst making it one of the most e cient yachts in the market as well.”

Van Oossanen Naval Architects recognised the ambition from Sichterman, and challenged themselves to engineer comfortable yet stylish yachts. According to Van Oossanen it implemented two of its major innovations - the Hull Vane and the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) which combine to generate less waves, and enable a longer range at cruise speed and a lower fuel consumption.

“Our company motto is Nil Vinclis Dulcius Illis, which basically means that nothing is stronger than the bond we have with our partners Cor D. Rover, Van Oossanen and WJS Yachtservice,” added Sichterman’s Timmermans. “We know that individually we can all go a long way, but as a team we can conquer the world.”

The first Sichterman to be launched in the coming weeks will be the 18m (58ft) Iveni. The three other sold yachts in build are Libertas (15m, 50ft), Certus (16m, 54ft) and Felicitatem (20m, 65ft). Libertas is also being positioned as a tender for superyachts, Timmermans told IBI.

The builder is also currently developing the Ambrosca 26m (84ft).