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Jongert's Back

New orders and designs pave road to recovery


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A reinvigorated Jongert shipyard has received new orders recently and opened a new location in France. The long-standing shipyard, established in 1953, ran into financial difficulties after the 2008 financial crash, just as the company finished a complete upgrade of its facilities in Holland. A year later, international maritime group VeKa bought the company. Jongert attended the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where the company signed an order for a sailing yacht. A couple of months earlier, in Monaco, Jongert signed two contracts for motoryachts and showed two new designs. While Jongert traditionally built its reputation mostly on sailing yachts, the company has built several motoryachts and among its new orders are a 144-foot (44-meter) Dubois-designed motoryacht and a 141-foot (43-meter) motoryacht for customers in Ukraine. The new motoryacht design shown in Monaco is a 164-footer (50-meter) with naval architecture by Azure and design by Guido de Groot. With hybrid propulsion, it is engineered to be just under the 500-gross-ton threshold. Hot-button features include folding balconies, a beach club and spacious sun deck with Jacuzzi. De Groot and Azure had also designed Jongert’s first semi-displacement motoryacht, the stylish 3900 Lucia M, launched in 2010. The new sailing yacht, designed by German Frers, is a more modern version of the classic Jongert. Built in aluminum, the 3000M is designed to reach 13 knots while providing all creature comforts, including a panoramic master stateroom. A larger version of this yacht was sold at FLIBS.

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