For many of you, the Linssen Magazine is a fixed reading moment twice a year. Packed with product news, looking ahead to upcoming exhibitions, travel stories and news about the Linssen Boating Holidays® network.
Under normal circumstances, you would have received issue 56 on your doorstep around this time. However, due to the corona crisis, this issue of the Linssen Magazine will only be published digitally.
Using the link below, you can download the magazine from our website and view it on your computer or tablet.
Linssen Magazine nr 56
Unfortunately, the Linssen Easter Tour cannot take place this weekend due to the Corona crisis. A great pity, of course, but at the moment the health of you and your loved ones is the most important thing. That's why we would like to look back with you on last year's Easter tour - in our anniversary year - in which we organised the tour for the 17th time. Not this year, but next year the 18th edition will certainly come.
On behalf of the management and staff of Linssen Yachts, we wish you a Happy Easter nonetheless.
Stay strong and healthy and we'll get through this together.
In this theme week we will look for the story behind the boat name.
This first one is by Coco and Mireille Vroon with their Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC "Painkiller":
We are super proud, super happy with our second Linssen. This one is even more beautiful and even better, but I also miss the old one a little bit, to be honest. The ship is called the Painkiller. Named after our favourite cocktail that we like to drink on the British Virgin Islands, where we - if we're not on the Linssen - like to be on our catamaran. We like that cocktail so much that we put it on our boat, so that we still have a bit of the Caribbean at home.
Christoph and Susi Lausch about their Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC "Di Vidende"
"The decision to buy a new yacht of your own inevitably raises the question of naming.
For my life partner, one thing was clear from the start: "The boat's not going to be named after me! Maybe something as a tribute to your father." He had taught us children a long time ago how to make clever investments in shares.
These investments paid dividends, which were also used to pay for part of our new yacht, and so the name was born: "DI VIDENDE".
At the same time we want it to be understood as a life dividend at the end of our professional life, because we hope that our "DI VIDENDE" will give us many more wonderful hours on the water, almost as emotional interest (quote from Hennings-Yacht-Distribution) on an investment in a life dream.
P.S.: We still need a small tender, which could come later as a "BONUS"..."
Uli and Margot Schulte-Austum explain the name of "Der Kleine Mann
"Der Kleine Mann (The Little Man) is a tribute to the owners' deceased dog, who is still on board and accompanies them. The first "Little Man" was a Bayliner, followed by "Little Man 2.0", a Classic Sturdy 32 AC, "Little Man 3.0", a 350 AC and now we're on "Little Man 4.0", a Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC, heading for Europe from its home port of Norderney.
And "The Little Man" is now a minor celebrity."
Klaudia and Klaus Brandhofe about their Classic Sturdy 32 AC
"Over the turn of the year 2018/2019, we undertook a three-week Australian tour with our friends, which we had planned and worked out in detail beforehand.
A highlight of the tour was our two-day sailing trip from Early Beach in the east of Australia. We wanted to go snorkelling to explore the Barrier Reef with its breathtaking underwater world. The peaks of this famous underwater mountain range rise out of the waters of the Pacific Ocean to form a group of 74 islands, the Whitsunday Islands.
The lasting dreamlike memory of this paradise-like world made it easy for us to find a name for our Linssen Classic Sturdy 32 AC.We are looking forward to a hopefully long, similarly wonderful time with our "Whitsunday Island", with the best care and attention from the Linssen yard in Maasbracht.
More names will follow...
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 50.0 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.
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.
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.
The years between 1991 and 2000 are defined by many new developments.
In 1995 the Dutch Sturdy® Series was developed in association with Dick Lefeber († 2000), a highly successful range of models which was built until 2005. In parallel to this development, the Grand Sturdy® Series was launched in the larger (15 m) segment. Linssen Yachts commissioned yacht designers W. de Vries Lentsch to design the Grand Sturdy. Willem de Vries Lentsch and Anne Elsinga subsequently designed the Grand Sturdy® 500 Variotop® and the Grand Sturdy® 460. Within a few years, the Grand Sturdy Series had become a recognised name across Europe.
The development of this successful series continued unabated. With almost inexhaustible creativity, Anne Elsinga and Linssen’s internal development team worked continuously on the design and further development of the Grand Sturdy Series. Many new versions and models based on the characteristic design were launched over the years.
Today - on April 1st - we exist exactly 71 years. Normally a festive week. Now, given the death of our founder Jac. Linssen two weeks ago and the ongoing corona crisis, it is a difficult week.
Nevertheless, we would like to devote online attention to our beautiful company and its rich history.
Because at the moment it is very difficult and for some people not even possible to come and see our yachts 'live', you can virtually 'walk' through the interiors of our yachts. In these 360 degree panoramic images you can look all the way around and walk through the boat from front to back.
Do you have VR glasses? Then click on the VR icon and put your phone in the glasses. Then you will experience it even more realistically. Do you have any questions? Feel free to call our sales advisors (see contact details below).
In the video below we would like to look back at our 71 years of history with you.
We continue our journey through history with the years 1971-1990
The obvious next step was a move to luxury yacht building. The sturdy “vlet” boats were ideally suited for this purpose. After further development including a handsome superstructure and a finish which was luxurious for the time, production yacht building was underway at “Scheepswerf en Houtindustrie St. Jozef Jac. Linssen”.
Jos Linssen took over from his father in the 1970s. He focused on the development of professional production yacht building in steel, and rechristened the company Linssen Yachts B.V. This was a name with more international appeal and better suited to its increasing export activities. In the years that followed, the brothers Harry, Jan and Peter also took their place in the family business. The Linssen brothers and their children Yvonne and Jac are now members of a strong team in which each player has his or her own specific tasks and responsibilities.
In the mid-1970s, Jos Linssen launched a new generation of “vletten”, the first series of Sturdy models. These were “four new St. Jozef vletten”. With this special series of models, he established a trend in the 8-15 metre segment of the Dutch yacht building industry which still felt today, over 30 years later. The St. Jozef vletten laid the foundations for the legendary Linssen Classic Sturdy series. In addition to the vlet-type models, Jos Linssen developed the well-known Linssen SL Series and the Linssen SE and SX Series in the 1980s.
Starting 1 April 2020, Ruud Reijnders succeeds Gie Delvaux as after sales specialist.
Ruud has been in water sports for many years. Professionally, he sailed on frigates and supply ships with the Royal Dutch Navy for ten years and then worked as an after sales manager at Weir Minerals for seventeen years.
Ruud has now worked for three years at Linssen Yachts as a sales engineer and is now making the switch to after sales.
If you have any questions about your Linssen, please visit our webform: www.linssenyachts.com/as.
When you fill in this form, we will have all the details at hand immediately so that we can be of quick service to you. You can also call +31 (0)475 - 439980.
With great sadness, but also with admiration and deep respect, we have bid farewell to our founder
Jac. Linssen sr.
* 24 January 1922 – † 19 March 2020
“Machinale Houtbewerking St. Jozef”. In 1949, with pride and faith, he named his new company after the patron saint of carpenters, Saint Joseph.
On the Feast of Saint Joseph, 19 March, Jac. Linssen passed away.
Through hard work and with his entrepreneurial spirit, he successfully developed the enterprise into a leading company.
His philosophy and vision have always been an inspiration to his sons and grandchildren who have continued the company.
Our thoughts go out to his children, grandchildren and other family members.
Management and staff of Linssen Yachts
Monday 16 March 2020 was the handover of Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC 'Lady Gloria' formerly known as 'Henri Mer', the yacht of Yvonne and Paul Linssen-Smits. Despite the current situation, the new owners Kathy and Len from London, felt safe coming to Linssen for the hand over and staying on board their yacht.
These are turbulent and uncertain times. As a family business, we are very concerned about the developments surrounding the coronavirus and the impact it is having on our society. We therefore want to support everyone who is personally and/or professionally affected by this.
At Linssen Yachts, we strictly follow the advice of the Dutch government. For the time being, our showroom is open as usual to help you where and how we can.
Do you belong to a high-risk group, are you not allowed or unable to travel, or would you prefer not to come to Maasbracht as a precaution? We fully understand that, of course. Fortunately, you can also contact us remotely in various ways.
This can be done via our usual telephone number, but also via the direct number of your contact person. Or via skype, WhatsApp, video calls or the chat function on our website.
Let's get this situation under control together, so that in a while we can get back to our normal lives.
On behalf of the Linssen family, we wish you a safe journey in these stormy times.
Stay strong and healthy.
Since this year, the production of steel motor yachts at Linssen Yachts in Maasbracht has become even more efficient. The production lines and processes had already been redesigned and it was the turn of the warehouse during the holidays. Partly thanks to a new roller conveyor, the staff can work more efficiently, more ergonomically and more environmentally friendly. And more punctual than ever. However, the warehouse first had to be drastically modified.
The redesign of the central warehouse on Brouwersstraat street meant a major change within the Linssen boatyard, where some 30 to 35 yachts are continuously in production. The warehouse was converted into a 'Logimag', a warehouse (‘magazijn’ in Dutch) that is fully equipped for efficient logistics and operations. It fits in perfectly with Linssen Yachts' Logistics and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (Logicam) flow production technology.
Redesign was necessary
Logicam processes made the production of the yachts more efficient, faster and more sophisticated over the years. This meant that products and parts were increasingly needed just in time. A redesign was necessary. It was therefore high time to improve the warehouse and work processes and to make way for a large roller conveyor for packages and pallets.
Advantages of roller conveyor
The roller conveyor increases efficiency. As a result, incoming packages with materials can be unpacked, checked and booked in the order 'first in first out' (FIFO). That fact that the materials roll back automatically is convenient, as it means that the warehouse employees can store everything in the right place in one go. This saves a lot of time. Pallets with materials can also be unpacked, checked and booked in FIFO order on the roller conveyor. At the end of the conveyor, a lifting table has been built in. This allows warehouse employees to unpack the pallets at their own working height in an ergonomically responsible manner.
In order to create space for the new roller conveyor, obsolete materials were sold and a separate after-sales warehouse was set up. In addition, walls were moved and scaffolding was arranged more logically, also with a view to greater efficiency. All the materials needed for one yacht will be stored together from now on. This means that staff will spend less time having to search. For this reason, task-oriented working has been introduced in the warehouse. Only the materials for one specific task are brought to the production line and not all at once. This also results in less waste on the shop floor. In addition, a packing table has been placed in order to prepare materials for dispatch more quickly. And last but not least: we now work digitally – paperless – in the warehouse, which is good for the environment!
More punctual than ever
The more efficient design of the warehouse and the work processes allow the current crew to continue with the warehouse work. What's more, the work is now being carried out more punctually and in a more sophisticated manner than ever before!
Linssen Yachts Bodensee invites you to the name change celebration on Friday 14 February. Linssen Yachts Bodensee will then become 'Die Werft'.
André Vrecer and his team would like to toast to this occasion with you. Please register under: firstname.lastname@example.org
Linssen Yachts Lake Constance
From 3 p.m.
Thank you very much that we could welcome you at our booth at the BOOT Düsseldorf 2020. We hope you got a good impression of our world first, the Linssen 30 SL Sedan and the other models from the Linssen Grand Sturdy and Variotop® series.
We hope that the world's largest motorboat and water sports event was as successful for you as it was for us. Do you have any specific questions? If you have specific questions or if you are already interested in a trial sailing in the near future, contact us or your local dealer.
Didn't you bring any brochures with you? If not, request your copy here.
Linssen Boating Holidays®
The entire Linssen Boating Holidays® team was also represented at our stand. Are you looking for a unique boating holiday in a different sailing area? Then take a look at the LBH website.
If you book your boating holiday before 9 February, you will receive a delicious bottle of wine on arrival on board.
Spring boat shows at Linssen
As a registered visitor of Linssen Yachts at BOOT Düsseldorf we would like to draw your attention to our in-house exhibitions this coming spring. These will take place in our own showroom and harbour in Maasbracht. You are cordially invited to attend:
Linssen Yachts Boat Show - Season Opening: 6, 7, 8 and 9 March 2020
Our exceptional show featuring numerous pre-owned and new Linssen yachts.
Linssen Yachts Boat Show - Spring Edition: 15, 16, 17 and 18 May 2020
An excellent opportunity for a trial sailing on the latest Linssen Yachts models.
From Saturday the 18th of January you can visit us again at BOOT Düsseldorf. 'BOOT' has undergone a major transformation. At entrance South a completely new hall has been built - hall 1 - in which most of the motor yacht industry can be seen. Linssen Yachts and Linssen Boating Holidays® can also be found in this hall, directly at the entrance on the right-hand side at stand number B05.
We're here this year with 5 yachts, one of which is a world first:
- WORLD FIRST: the Linssen 30 SL Sedan
- the Grand Sturdy 35.0 AC
- the Grand Sturdy 40.0 AC
- the Grand Sturdy 45.0 Sedan
- the Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop®
Yvonne Linssen would like to welcome you to our stand on Saturday 18 January to attend the presentation of the new Linssen 30 SL Sedan while enjoying a snack and a drink
DATE: Saturday 18 January 2020
TIME: start 4 pm; end 6 pm
LOCATION: BOOT Düsseldorf hall 1, standnr B05
Inland Waterways pavilion
In addition, the 'Inland Waterways Pavilion' is located in hall 13 on stand number D73. In addition to Linssen Boating Holidays, several other parties will be present here. These include Marec (marinas in Belgian Limburg), De Vlaamse Waterweg (management of Belgian waterways) and French Waterways (a source of inspiration for sailing in France). Yacht rental companies Linssen Boating Holidays® and Locaboat with a Grand Sturdy 30.0 AC and a Pénichette 950 Evolution by Linssen are also present, which you can view there.
See you in Düsseldorf!