Linssen Yachts history; Since 1949

Linssen Yachts BV is a family business with a rich tradition. On 1 April 1949, Jac. Linssen founded the company, which began as a modest carpentry and ship repair company. Over the years, the company developed steadily and became an important player in Dutch steel yacht building.

Jac. Linssen - founder of Linssen Yachts
(* 24 January 1922 - † 19 March 2020)

Walk with us through time...

2017-present

Linssen Yachts is known for its trendsetting developments. In just two years time, a complete new yacht series is introduced: the DOT Zero series. At this moment this series is very complete with yachts in 30.0, 35.0, 40.0 and 45.0 ft. in both AC (with Aft Cabin) and Sedan (with Open Cockpit) versions.

The flagship of Linssen: the Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop® is launched in a completely redesigned engine room and interior. With the latest technology on board, and the Linssen ICCESS and LIPPCON systems.

In 2018 and 2019 a ‘smaller’ sister is introduced: the Grand Sturdy 450 AC Variotop® and the 480 AC Variotop®

2020 marks the new Linssen SL series. At BOOT Düsseldorf in January the first is introduced: the Linssen 30 SL Sedan. Then in May 2020 the Linssen 35 SL AC.

In September 2020 the new Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC INTERO and Sedan INTERO was presented at the pre launch.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC

2017

Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC

Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan

2017

Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan

Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC

2017

Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC

Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.0 Sedan

2017

Grand Sturdy 40.0 Sedan

Linssen Grand Sturdy 45.0 AC

2017

Grand Sturdy 45.0 AC

Linssen Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop®

2017

The next generation of the flagship Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop® is presented.
New design and complete new engineering of al technical components with the ICCESS and LIPPCON system.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 30.0 AC INTERO

2018

The 'smallest' Linssen available is the Grand Sturdy 30.0 AC INTERO. With 9,70 x 3,35 m remarkably spacious for its size.
With the new, more modern INTERO interior.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 30.0 AC INTERO

2018

Also available in Sedan, this is the Grand Sturdy 30.0 Sedan INTERO.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 45.0 Sedan

2018

The largest Sedan-Linssen at this time is the Grand Sturdy 45.0 Sedan

Linssen Grand Sturdy 450 AC Variotop®

2018

The Variotop® becomes a real series of motoryachts with this second in line: the Grand Sturdy 450 AC Variotop®

Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC and Sedan

2019

The Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC and Sedan become upgraded to the new INTERO line including the new technical ICCESS system

Linssen Grand Sturdy 480 AC Variotop®

2019

The next Linssen with Variotop®: the Grand Sturdy 480 AC VAriotop®

Linssen 30 SL Sedan

2020

Introduced at BOOT Düsseldorf 2020 is the first of the new Linssen SL series: the Linssen 30 SL Sedan

Linssen 35 SL AC

2020

The Linssen 35 SL AC

Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC INTERO

2020

The 40.0 receives the upgrade to the new INTERO: the Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC INTERO with ICCESS technology.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.0 Sedan INTERO

2020

The Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.0 Sedan INTERO

2011-2016

These years again contain many new developments. The New Classic Sturdy series with the ‘cute’ small Classic Sturdy 28 Sedac, but also the robust Classic Sturdy 410 Sedan Deckbridge.

In 2011 the third generation of the Linssen family continue the family tradition and take their places in the management of the company.

The Linssen Boating Holidays network is growing. In 2013 it has over 70 yachts in 7 countries and 17 charter bases.

The complete furniture factory is moved to Echt; a location 5 km from Maasbracht. Here we have the space to build an efficient workflow for the complete interior and other (teak) wood parts.

Linssen Mark III

2011

The yachts in the Grand Sturdy Mark III series are available not only with a traditional Classic Luxury interior, but also in New Comfort style.

Linssen Range Cruiser 450

2011

Range Cruiser series is extended to include the 450 Variotop® and Wheelhouse models.

Three genreations Linssen Yachts

2011

The third generation takes over at Linssen Yachts. Yvonne, Jac and Ruben Linssen continue the family tradition.

New Linssen Classic Sturdy

2012

Introduction of the new Classic Sturdy series in traditional colours and materials and with a warm interior.

Linssen Collection showroom

2012

Linssen Yachts opens a second showroom where pre-owned Linssen yachts are displayed

Linssen Boating Holidays

2013

The Linssen Boating Holidays® network has 17 charter bases in 7 countries and includes as many as 73 yachts.

Linssen Classic Sturdy 36 Sedan Deckbridge

2013

The Classic Sturdy 36 is also available in a Deckbridge version, which results in as much as 15 m2 extra space on board.

Linssen showroom Upper Deck

2013

From the Upper Deck, you have an excellent view of the new and pre-owned yachts on display in the showroom.

Linssen Grand Sturdy Brilliant Editions

2014

A brilliant offer. To mark the 65th anniversary, two special versions of the Grand Sturdy 30.9 AC and 40.9 AC Brilliant Edition are presented.

The furniture plant in Echt

2014

The furniture plant in Echt undergoes a metamorphosis.

Grand Sturdy 530 AC Wheelhouse

2014

There’s no end to the innovative power. The Grand Sturdy 530 AC Wheelhouse was presented at the 2014 Linssen Yachts Boat Show.

Linssen Classic Sturdy 410 Sedan Deckbridge

2015

The Classic Sturdy 410 Sedan Deckbridge is the successor to the smaller 36 and will be presented in September.

The Grand Sturdy 470 Sedan Wheelhouse

2015

The Grand Sturdy 470 Sedan Wheelhouse

Grand Sturdy 410 AC Variotop®

2015

A new generation of Linssen yachts with the Variotop®. Now available from 36 feet.

Grand Sturdy 590 AC Wheelhouse

2016

The successor to the 530, the Grand Sturdy 590 AC Wheelhouse Also available in Variotop.

2001-2010

The years from 2001-2010 mark the introduction of the very successful “9”-series. Starting with the 29.9 at the 2004 Linssen Yachts Boat Show, this series grew in this decade to a very complete series from 29-45 ft.

The Mark II-series was presented in 2005 with the Grand Sturdy 410, 430 and 470 AC Mark II.

Linssen Yachts viewed developments in the yacht-building market from a totally different angle. Serial construction, process technology, scale advantage, logistics and technology were aspects that were – and still are – important to the Maasbracht yacht builder.

Development of the three Logicam production lines for yachts from 30-35 ft, 40-45 ft and 45-50 ft, new shot blasting and spraying cabins, new CNC wood milling machines and expansion of the steel hull construction are just some of the many enhancements of the Linssen shipyard.

Finally the shipyard celebrated it’s 60th anniversary in 2009 with the Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop – Diamond Edition and the Grand Sturdy 60.33 and 60.43.

Linssen Floor Integrated System®

2001

Linssen Yachts develops the FIS®, the Floor Integrated System®, to ensure the complete integration of cables and pipes.

Linssen 41 SL AC

2001

The new SL series, the worthy successor to the famous series, continues in the 41 SL.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 430 Sedan Patrol

2002

The most recent “boats for professionals” project is the Grand Sturdy® 430 Patrol, an open-cockpit variant for the Port of Brussels patrol service.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop Mark II

2002

The new Grand Sturdy® 500 Variotop® Mark II is presented to the Dutch public at the ‘Hiswa te Water’ boat show.

Steel hull building @ Linssen Yachts

2003

The new 2000 m2 steel construction plant is fitted out with the most innovative technical facilities.

The new Linssen 9-series

2004

The new Grand Sturdy® 29.9 was developed and was successfully launched during the Linssen Yachts Boat Show in December 2004.

Grand Sturdy Mark II series

2005

The Linssen Yachts Boat Show 2005 is dominated by a fantastic innovation, with the launch of as many as three brand-new models: the Grand Sturdy® 410, 430 and 470 Mark II.

Shot blasting cabin @ Linssen Yachts

2005

A further extension is the construction of the most advanced blasting cabins and spray booths in the yacht-building industry.

Spraying cabin @ Linssen Yachts

2005

A further extension is the construction of the most advanced blasting cabins and spray booths in the yacht-building industry.

Linssen Grand Sturdy 33.9 AC

2006

No. 2 in the “9” Series was unveiled in 2006: the Linssen Grand Sturdy 33.9 Sedan and AC (10.35 x 3.40 m).

Linssen Logicam production

2006

Shining example of Linssen innovation. Smart production: Logicam I. Unique in steel yacht building.

Linssen furniture CNC milling

2007

All-new furniture production plant with state of the art CNC wood cutting, computerised ‘self learning’ panel feeder and edge trim gluing machine.

Linssen 40.9 AC and Sedan

2007

Major premieres at the 9th Linssen Yachts Boat Show in 2007: Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.9 AC and Sedan.

Linssen Diamond Edition

2008

To mark the start of the 2009 anniversary year, the Diamond edition was presented at the Linssen Yachts Boat Show.

Linssen Logicam II

2008

Start-up of “Logicam II” production line for steel motoryachts from 40-45 feet.

Steel hull production

2008

New steel assembly line production plant

Grand Sturdy 60.33 and 60.43

2009

To mark the 60th anniversary, the 60.33 and 60.43 were presented for model year 2010/11.

Linssen Boating Holidays® network

2009

The Linssen Boating Holidays® European charter network is set up by Peter Linssen.

Linssen 45.9 AC

2009

With as many as 7 lengths (25' - 45') in both AC and Sedan versions, the Linssen "9" series is the most extensive and universal series of yachts.

Linssen Logicam III

2009

Commissioning of the third Logicam hall that is used as a multi-functional unit for both building and refitting work.

Linssen Range Cruiser 430 Sedan Variotop®

2010

Another new Linssen product innovation: the Linssen Range Cruiser 430 is the first of a brand new series of yachts.

1991-2000

1999 marks the 50th anniversary of Linssen Yachts. A great party and the beginning of the annual Linssen Yachts Boat Show.
Prins Willem Alexander visits the shipyard.

The grp Linssen DS 45 is presented in Switzerland and receives very high points from the international press.

Linssen 402 SX Patrol

1991

The lake police in Thurgau on Lake Constance choose the Linssen 402SX Patrol as their patrol vessel. Yvonne Linssen shows interest in her fathers trade at very young age.

Linssen 402 SX Patrol for Ghent port

1992

Linssen 402 SX Patrol “P1” for City of Ghent port authority.

Linssen 34HT

1993

The Linssen 34 HT was launched in 1993

CAD-CAM milling machine

1993

Full integration of CAD-CAM systems and CNC-controlled milling machine.

Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop®

1995

The flaggship of Linssen: the Grand Sturdy® 500 Variotop® is presented to the public.

Dutch Sturdy  series

1996

Dick Lefeber develops the first models of the Dutch Sturdy® series.

First spraying booth @ Linssen Yachts in 1996

1996

A start is made on the construction of Europe’s biggest spray booth, 1,260 m3 in size (20 x 9 x 7 metres).

New showroom at Brouwersstraat in Maasbracht

1997

The new building on Brouwersstraat housing the unique showroom with the raised jetty is opened.

Grand Sturdy series

1998

One of the most successful model series ever, the Grand Sturdy®, is launched throughout Europe to great acclaim.

50 years anniversary @ Linssen Yachts in 1999

1999

Another milestone: the company’s 50th anniversary is celebrated when the boatyard is opened to an eager public. The start of the annual Linssen Yachts Boat Show.

H.R.H. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander talks to Jos Linssen on his visit to Linssen Yachts

1999

H.R.H. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander talks to Jos Linssen on his visit to Linssen Yachts to mark the company’s 50th anniversary.

Linssen grp DS45 Sedan Variotop®

2000

The Linssen DS 45 Variotop® Cruiser, is presented to the world’s press in Switzerland.
Designed by Don Shead.

1971-1990

Linssen Rhenania 1220

1973

The Rhenania 1220 and 1340. “A motor yacht of great class,” designed by Jos Linssen.

4 new vlets by Linssen

1975

Launch of “4 new” vletten, designed by Jos Linssen.

Linssen St Jozefvlet / Classic Sturdy

1976

Jos Linssen designed the St. Jozef vletten, which formed the basis for the later Classic Sturdy series.

Sturdy based workboat at Biesbosch postal service

1977

Sturdy-based workboats for postal deliveries in the Biesbosch delta and Guinea-Bissau.

The successful St. Jozefvlet 950

1979

The successful St. Jozefvlet 950

Linssen SL series

1981

The renowned SL series, designed by Jos Linssen, provided Linssen Yachts with its breakthrough on the international market.

Linssen 115 SX

1984

The 115SX. Linssen’s first semi-planing yacht, designed by Winfried H. Wilke.

Classic Sturdy 400

1985

The legendary Linssen Classic Sturdy 400 was delivered in great numbers throughout Europe.

from St Jozef to Linssen Yachts

1985

The name “St. Jozef” gave way to a name with greater international appeal: Linssen Yachts.

Linssen SE/SX in production

1986

The Linssen SE and SX series were built in large numbers and ensured an international breakthrough.

CNC Plasma cutter @ Linssen Yachts in 1988

1988

Linssen installs the first CNC plasma cutter to be used in the Dutch steel yacht building industry.

Linssen 115SX Patrol for police in Geneva

1989

The lake police in Geneva choose the Linssen 115SX Patrol after a tough selection process.

the Linssen Variotop is developped

1990

The first ideas for what is later to become the “Variotop®” are put on paper.

1949-1970

The beginning of Linssen Yachts in 1949

1949

Just after the Second World War Jac. Linssen opened “Hout­industrie St. Jozef”, a wood­working business named after the patron saint of carpenters.

St Jozef steering wheels

1951

Jac. Linssen developed St. Jozef ship’s wheels with the “patented boss construction” (Dutch patent 80001). Thousands of these wheels were supplied to European shipyards.

steering wheels with Linssen patent

1951

Jac. Linssen ontwikkelt St. Jozef-stuurwielen met de 'patentnaafconstructie' (Nederlands octrooi 80001). Duizenden exemplaren worden aan
Europese scheepswerven geleverd.

Inland harbour Maasbracht in 1952

1952

A shipyard of stature for inland shipping. Major renovations and refits form the professional foundation for what would later become Linssen.

Linssen Yachts rowing boats in 1954

1954

Production of steel rowing boats.

St Jozefvlet 500

1956

The first motor yachts are launched: The St. Jozef vlet 500, 600 and 700. Designed by Jac. Linssen Sr.

A St. Jozef steering wheel on the “Groene Draeck” for H.R.H Princess Beatrix.

1958

A St. Jozef steering wheel on the “Groene Draeck” for H.R.H Princess Beatrix.

Linssen parlevinker

1959

One of the first boats for professionals: a “parlevinker” (shop boat) for Maasbracht’s harbours.

Linssen Industrieweg new build

1961

Premises on Industrie­weg during the earliest starting phase.

Jos Linssen steps into Linssen Yachts

1963

Jos Linssen shows interest in his father’s trade at very young age

Linssen Limburgia

1964

The Limburgia series sees the light of day. Designed by Jac. Linssen Sr.

Linssen Limburgia in series production

1968

With the “Limburgias” (7.30 x 2.60 m) built, production in steel boat building becomes reality.

Limburg Kruiser AK

1969

Limburg Kruiser AK marks the start of spacious, comfortable and yachts.

Supersix: sporty cruiser

1970

Supersix: sporty cruiser. Designed by Gerard van Schaik Zillessen