From mini superyachts to convertibles, Super Lauwersmeer builds steel and aluminium yachts in which owners incorporate their personal preferences with regard to layout, finish, panelling and technology. The yard only has one condition: the end result must always be of the highest possible quality.
The dream of creating the perfect yacht was the basis for establishing Super Lauwersmeer. In the early 1960s Piet Wouda built his first open steel yacht under a tree next to a farmer’s shed in the north of the province of Friesland. The goal was to develop a first-class steel yacht, and the result was astounding. Wouda was soon asked if he could build similar yachts for other sailors. As the first model was built near the Lauwersmeer lake, Wouda called his creations ‘Lauwersmeer cruisers’. Soon he was adding superstructures to his yachts, and started expanding his range without comprising the superior construction quality.
Wouda’s dream was a modern company with a broad range and a wide variety of options. Super Lauwersmeer now offers superbly built motoryachts with round-bilged or hard-chine hulls in four different series. Currently managed by brothers Bastiaan and Louis Jousma, with a new production hall on a main waterway and a constantly expanding array of yachts, the yard has grown from a ‘local yachtbuilder’ to an international supplier of quality yachts. The entire construction trajectory, from keel laying to carpentry and equipment, takes place under one roof, without the yacht ever leaving the premises.
Despite its modest length of 15 to 20 metres, the latest Empire design built by the yard is to all extents and purposes a superyacht. Below deck it offers a spacious owner’s cabin, two large double guest cabins, and two bathrooms. At the deck level, it features a saloon, a large galley and an outdoor lounge area with awning. This deck also includes the bridge and indoor steering position. From the flybridge, the yacht can be sailed from an outdoor steering position. The top level also has a seating area without awning, and space for storing a tender (lifted into the water by crane) further aft. An Empire can be built either in aluminium or in steel, allowing owners to choose between fast sailing and water displacement.
The comfort onboard goes hand in hand with a superb degree of finish, which is why the Super Lauwersmeer Empire is praised as being a compact superyacht.
The Kotter (Cutter) is a ship for true enthusiasts. Its appearance is rugged and timeless thanks to the joggled steel round bilge, its round ‘behind’ and characteristic flared bow. The Cutter has excellent sailing qualities and, moreover, it is seaworthy. The Kotter is available as open cockpit and flybridge and with lengths between 13.50 to 15.50 metres.
The pursuit of innovation and renewal, yet with respect for the past is the principle at the basis of the Super Lauwersmeer Evolve. Its name has not been chosen randomly: this model stands for the evolution that our shipyard has undergone during the past four decades. The Evolve combines the strong design qualities of the classic Super Lauwersmeer Cruiser and Cutter, wrapped in contemporary styling. You can choose for an open cockpit, aft cabin with outdoor steering position or a hardtop.
The fourth series of yachts developed by the yard is called the Discovery, available in 40 ft (12 metres) to 45 ft (13.50 metres). he Super Lauwersmeer Discovery is the ultimate yacht for the demanding and versatile water sportsman. Thanks to its elongated silhouette, the Discovery has a slender body while the straight stern stands out as this model’s defining characteristic. The sleek styling and attention to detail puts traditional yacht designs behind us without losing sight of heritage. In addition to a version with aft cabin and an open cockpit version, there is also a convertible model available.