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History

Established by Dirk Mulder in 1938, Mulder Shipyard has become a renowned member of the Dutch yachtbuilding family. With a Mulder still at its helm, this traditional family business can attribute its excellent reputation to the classic Super Favorite Cruisers, the later Favorite Superieur and a wide range of custom and semi custom motoryachts. The ever growing Mulder fleet has been a welcome feature of Dutch and international waters for decades.

IN THE BEGINNING…

Dirk Mulder senior established his business in 1938 at Mulders Voorschoten yard, that is still in use to this very day, at the age of 27. While running a hardware shop, a carpentry workshop and building wooden canoes and rowboats, Dirk followed a course in yachtbuilding and marine carpentry in the evenings.

THE SUPER FAVORITE CRUISER

The first motoryacht built at Mulder Shipyard, 7.5 metres long with riveted frames and welded hull plates, was launched in 1953. She was the predecessor to what would later become the renowned Super Favorite Cruiser and was lovingly nicknamed the Baby Favorite.

DIRK ROBERT MULDER TAKES OVER

By the late 1960s Dirk Mulder Sr was looking to take things a little easier and for a while his yard was led by a replacement director. In 1984, however, his yard was taken over by 22-year old Dirk Robert Mulder. 

THE FAVORITE SUPERIOR AND MULDER FUTURA

With Dirk Robert Mulder at the helm the yard returned to building the traditional flared stern yachts, while simultaneously updating and upgrading the models and construction methods. 

A NEW PRODUCTION SHED

In the late 1980s, the yard built a new construction hall in order to increase production. A second large new facility followed in the early 1990s – an indoor dock that enabled work on yachts to continue without having to lift them from the water.

BEST YACHT

In 1998 Mulder Shipyard passed a new milestone with the launch of the Mulder 74 Flybridge. This round-bilged Lloyd’s certified motoryacht had a length of 22.30 metres and a beam of 5.80 metres.

THE MULDER 68 CONVERTIBLE

By now Mulder had become a well-known name in the market for larger high-quality luxury yachts. A good example is the Mulder 68 Convertible designed by Guido de Groot. Mulder initially built the yacht for himself, but it was instead sold to a Russian client.

NEW LINE OF MODELS

In early 2000 the yard started a new line of motoryachts with the Mulder Convertible, Mulder Wheelhouse and Mulder Flybridge. One of the first yachts from the new range, the Mulder 88 Flybridge is a 27-metre aluminium yacht with two 1400 hp engines and a top speed of 27 knots.

THE MULDER 70 WHEELHOUSE

At 21 metres, the round-bilged Mulder 70 Wheelhouse was built as a true gentleman’s yacht in 2003 and exudes classic beauty. The steel hull and aluminium superstructure with teak wheelhouse give her a super-stylish look.

STRONG INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

In 2005 the yard gained even more momentum with new Mulder yachts which attracted global attention for their appearance, quality and craftsmanship. The international interest in the yard resulted in orders from various continents, including a new Mulder 68 Convertible for a Russian owner and the construction of a 28-metre yacht for an Egyptian client.

NEW INTERIOR DEPARTMENT

In 2007 the yard expanded with a special interior and carpentry department at a second location in Voorschoten. The high-quality work produced here was showcased on the Mulder 73 Wheelhouse, a yacht with a contemporary interior design and – in the owner’s words – ‘an Aston Martin finish’. 

BUILT BY MULDER

In 2009 the 24-metre motoryacht Eleonore attracted a great deal of interest at the Amsterdam in-water Boat Show from both the media and visitors. The yacht is equipped with the very latest technologies and features unique retro lines. Mulder Shipyard built the yacht to a design by Theo Werner. 

INTO THE THIRD GENERATION

In 2010 Nick Mulder joined the yard to assist his father in the daily operations at Mulder Shipyard. He was then 22 years old, the same age as his father when he started working there. 

A NEW YARD

In 2013 Mulder Shipyard opened a brand-new location in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk, just ten kilometres from the yard in Voorschoten and a 15-minute drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. This premium facility will focus on the maintenance, refitting and construction of yachts from 18 to 45 metres. 

FIRST MULDER OVER 30 METERS

In August 2015 Mulder delivered the 34 meter M/Y SOLIS, the first Mulder over 30 meters and the first Mulder to LY3 standards. With a gross tonnage of 315, the yacht is certified for unrestricted navigation and has transatlantic range.

THE LARGEST MULDER TO DATE

In 2017 Mulder delivered the first Mulder ThirtySix M/Y DELTA ONE. Her top speed is 16.80kn and her power comes from two 1.150hp Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines. Guests will find five staterooms to accommodate 10 guests. The owner has a full-beam suite.