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Heritage

Zaandam as one of the first industrial towns in the region of Zaan, was at the centre of the shipbuilding industry.  The original town was powered by windmills and served the area as a large milling centre with powered saws that provided sawn wood for yacht construction. Over a two hundred year period, almost 5000 ships were built from the VOC Shipyard (Dutch East India Company) in Zaandam and notably in 1697, Peter the Great of Russia spent time there studying shipbuilding.

Having started with building the traditional Dutch lemsteraken (flat-bottoms) in the early 1990s, Holland Jachtbouw continues with the time honoured methods of the original shipbuilding community of Zaandam and now produces many diverse projects, from the traditional J Class to more contemporary designs.

 

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