Breedendam Yachts was established in 1976 by Puk and Dolly van Burkom. In the first years, the yard mainly focused on building sailing yawls with a beautiful varnished mahogany or oak finish.
From 1982 Breedendam focused on a new trend with the development of “The Lifeboat”. The idea of having luxuriously finished and motorised rescue “Lifeboats” for day trips proved to be a niche in the market. Today, the Dutch Lifeboat is manufactured on a large scale and the use of such boats has become a lifestyle in itself. Various yards adopted Breedendam’s idea and are building launches in all shapes and sizes – and a wide range of quality levels. None have managed to match the unique look & feel of a Breedendam Lifeboat.
In the 1990s, with the building of launches at full speed, Breedendam recognised a growing demand for more comfort and living space on board. The yard set another trend with the development of the Breedendam MTB, inspired by the Motor Torpedo Boat, used by the British Navy. A unique feature of these yachts is their sleek vertical bow and a stern that is nearly as wide as the beam amidships. Due to its slender hull shape, the yachts have an exceptionally high top speed.
The retro lines developed for the Breedendam MTB caught on. Even Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander was impressed and chose to be transported in a Breedendam MTB 33 during the Sail Amsterdam event in 2000. Since this royal experience, the Breedendam MTB has been the ‘Official Tender to Sail’ during the five-yearly Sail Amsterdam events.
Breedendam is breaking new ground with the development of the MTB threezero and the MTB four zero by Guido de Groot Design. The new concept of the MTB fivezero will soon also be presented to the market. Breedendam Yachts is building on its decades of success with these latest developments and a strong team of specialists that ensures the yard is fully prepared for the future.