Our company

At Yachtworks van Dam, formerly Shipworks van Dam, four generations of our family have been building boats since 1865.

In the beginning we built wooden cargo boats called "Prames" which plied the canals of Holland. The turn of the century found us building workboats of riveted iron and steel: tons of cargo moved across Europe on these boats.

In the 1930s, seeing that the truck would soon replace the cargoboat, our grandfather van Dam decided to pursue the design and construction of pleasure yachts.

One of our first designs, the Braassemermeer-Cruiser, became a popular style of motoryacht.

The emphasis then focused on deepwater sailing yachts.

Over the years we have worked with such wellknown naval architects as Robert Clark, Sparkman & Stevens, van de Stadt, de Vries-Lentsch and Koopmans, building fine yachts for clients in the Netherlands, England, Germany and the United States.