About Yachtsnl

Our database is filled with Dutch-built yacht data dating back to over 50 years ago. With a decades worth background in the Dutch yachting industry, we have the knowledge and expertise available to make the Dutch yachting industry more accessible for the (future) yacht owner.

What makes a yacht, a yacht?

The official definition of a yacht is a sailboat used for racing, or a large usually motor-driven craft used for pleasure cruising (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2022). In short; a yacht is a boat primarily used for pleasure, whether that be racing or leisure activities, and is therefore typically more luxurious designed.

Did you know that the English term ‘yacht’ originates from the Dutch word ‘jacht’, which translates to ‘hunt’ (as these boats were initially deployed to pursue pirates and other criminals)? During the 17th century, the Dutch Republic became the most powerful shipping and trading nation in the world. Relatively small and fast-sailing vessels were used by wealthy shipowners in Amsterdam to inspect the merchandise on their cargo ships returning from the Far East and speedily move goods to local marketplaces. As their owners became richer and more successful, they started using these boats in their leisure time too, making them ever-more luxurious. This resulted in the construction of the world’s first dedicated yacht marina in Amsterdam in 1622.


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