A German yacht owner is that much closer to taking delivery of a long-awaited explorer. This, following the yacht, to be christened Sandalphon, undergoing reconstruction by Holland-based Balk Shipyard. Initially measuring 88’6” (27 meters), Sandalphon started construction in Brazil. In 2015, the owner shipped the partially-complete megayacht to Balk Shipyard, as the code-named project Gisele.
The Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw shipyard in The Netherlands has served as a subcontractor of hulls, primarily aluminum, for more than 20 years. It’s particularly well-known for its contribution to modern-day J-Class sailing superyachts. The yard’s focus will continue under the new ownership of fellow Dutch builder Balk Shipyard. Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw, located in Makkum, has supplied hulls
The all-wood sailing superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov, whose construction and style turned many a head when she was delivered in 2013, is going on the auction block later this month. The auction is being held on September 22 by the court of Rotterdam, The Netherlands at the request of Balk Shipyard. If you’re familiar with
Refits resulting in a longer LOA normally involve extending decks. The work takes place aft or even amidships. In the case of Seven Sins, however, the owners made an unusual request. They asked Balk Shipyard to lengthen the bow of their 10-year-old megayacht. Seven Sins was delivered in 2005 by Heesen Yachts. At the time,
Megayacht refits and rebuilds up to 197 feet (60 meters) are the core focus for Balk Shipyard. Its staff of about 50, plus subcontractors, are currently refitting four yachts at its Netherlands-based site. The yard is also constructing a new bow section for a major refit taking place elsewhere in the country. Balk Shipyard has
Last year, the well-known yacht sales, brokerage, and charter firm HMY created a new division, HMY SuperYachts, primarily in response to the needs of motoryacht clients looking to sell and step up in size. While HMY SuperYachts initially focused on brokerage, it soon expanded to encompass charter as well, and it is increasingly expanding into