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, Wheelhouse and ThirtySix series and a wide range of custom and semi custom motor yachts. The ever growing Mulder fleet has been a welcome feature of Dutch and international waters for decades.
At the end of the 1940s, the yard built its first steel sailing yacht, which prompted a gradual shift towards steel construction in the late 1950s. Mulder’s first motor yacht was 7.5 metres long, with riveted frames and welded shell plates and was launched in 1953. A predecessor to what would become the widely-celebrated Super Favorite Cruiser, she was lovingly nicknamed the ‘Baby Favorite’, with various examples of this model still floating on the water in the present day.
From 1965, the shipyard focused its attention entirely on building motor yachts, with the Super Favorite Cruiser becoming a well-known brand throughout the Netherlands. Today, the Super Favorite Cruisers are seen as true classics, with their value having increased many times above their original sales price.
By the late 1960s, Dirk Mulder Sr. was ready to take things a little easier, meaning that the yard was led by a replacement director for a few years. By 1984, change was afoot, and the yard was taken over by his son, the 22-year-old Dirk Robert Mulder. At the time, Dirk Senior was 72 years old and thoroughly enjoying his retirement on board his own Super Favorite Cruiser.
Once Dirk Robert Mulder was at the helm, the yard returned to building its traditional flared-bow yachts, whilst simultaneously upgrading and updating both its models and construction methods. Fast forward to the late 1980s and the yard delivered various yachts in lengths of 13.50, 15.50 and 17.50 metres which were named ‘Favorite Superior’ yachts. At this time, the yard also worked with the A1 Design Group to develop various modern yachts under the project name ‘Futura.’
With its future firmly in mind, the shipyard built two new construction halls in the late 1980s and early 1990s in order to increase its production capacity. Larger yachts could now be built at the yard – the first of these was the Mulder 70 Futura. With a length of 20.60 metres and a beam of 5.60 metres, the vessel sported a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Notably too, from this point onwards, all of the shipyard’s new models incorporated the name of the builder.
A new milestone was reached in 1998 with the launch of the Mulder 74 Flybridge, which was named ‘Best Yacht’ at that year’s HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show. By now, Mulder had become a well-established name in the market for larger high-quality luxury yachts. To state just one example, there was the Guido de Groot-designed Mulder 68 Convertible. With naval architecture provided by Ginton Naval Architects, the Mulder 68 Convertible was praised for its optimal performance at high speeds, excellent stability and superior seakeeping.
The yard brought in the millennium by establishing a brand new line of motor yachts: the Mulder Convertible, Mulder Wheelhouse and Mulder Flybridge yachts.
This momentum picked up even more in 2005, when Mulder’s new yachts attracted global attention due to their head-turning appearance, craftsmanship and top quality. Thanks to this international interest, the yard saw orders flood in from continents all around the world.
In 2010, Nick Mulder joined the yard to assist his father in the daily operations at Mulder Shipyard. Following family tradition, Nick was just 22 when he started working at the shipyard: the same age as his father was when he began his time there. From that time, Nick shared responsibility for motor yacht sales, working alongside the yard’s management team to find ways to stimulate the company’s future growth.
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 fully-equipped facility focuses on the maintenance, refitting and construction of yachts up to 45 metres.
With over 80 years of experience in the design, development, construction and operation of high-quality motor yachts, Mulder represents the perfect partner for building both semi-custom and fully custom yachts from 50 to 150 feet (15-
Mulder boasts a burgeoning custom-built fleet containing some of the industry’s most extraordinary yachts.
This includes the 24-metre 2009-built motor yacht, Eleonore. A true work of art built to a design by Theo Werner,
Eleonore comes equipped with the very
latest technology and features head-turning retro lines.
In August 2015, Mulder delivered another landmark project with the 34-metre motor yacht Solis which had the accolades of being both the first Mulder over 30 metres and the first Mulder vessel to accord to LY3 standards. With a gross tonnage of 315, Solis is certified for unrestricted navigation and benefits from a transatlantic range.
Created for a modern family with a truly unique philosophy of living, the custom-made vessel translated the family’s desires into an operational project of excellence. This success was recognised internationally in May 2016, when Solis was awarded with a Neptune at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards.
In 2017 Mulder delivered its largest yacht to date: the first Mulder ThirtySix Delta One. She accommodates as many as 10 guests across five generous staterooms, including her luxurious full-beam owner’s suite. With high-level performance always a key priority for Mulder, Delta One is capable of reaching a top speed of 17 knots thanks to the power provided by her twin 1.150hp Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines.
Delta One’s naval architecture comes from the drawing boards of Van Oossanen and features their patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). The vessel’s exterior lines are by British studio Claydon Reeves, with interiors by Vickers Studio. Ideal for those keen to get out on the water, the yacht has tender space for a Williams 625 Dieseljet tender, as well as housing two Yamaha GP1800 jet skis, Seabobs and extensive windsurfing gear. The saloon and dining area are located on the main deck, with floor-to-ceiling windows enabling guests to take advantage of wonderful panoramic views, which can also be enjoyed from Delta One’s fold-out balcony.
Sisterships Calypso, Mana, Myway and Solemates followed closely in the footsteps of Delta One. Award-winning vessels, Delta One secured a World Superyacht Award in 2018, and Calypso won ‘Best Interior Design’ in 2020.
Judged against some of the industry’s most impressive yachts launched in the preceding calendar year, the panel of design experts were impressed by the ingenuity and craftsmanship displayed in Calypso’s design, deeming her to be one of the world’s most remarkable contemporary yachts.
In operation since July 2018, the Mulder Marina can be found in Warmond in the west of the Netherlands. It benefits from a convenient location in the middle of the Randstad, directly on the Kagerplassen.
The 4,000 m2 marina consists of a covered watershed which is perfect for year-round protected dockage, as well as a number of outdoor berths. Thanks to its renovation in 2022 — which included the addition of new roofs, docks and 32 amps shore power – the marina can be described as a truly future-proof development.
The renewed Mulder Favorite was developed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Mulder Shipyard and as a tribute to the many Favorite cruisers built by Dirk Mulder Sr. since 1955.
With no fewer than 30 Favorite yachts delivered to date, numerous owners are currently cruising waters all around the world enjoying the benefits of their Mulder yachts – with many more set to join them in the coming years.
Spacious cabins, a luxurious open cockpit, large tender storage and a strong connection to the outdoors make for a yacht which can be described as a genuine all-rounder. Each yacht has its own distinctive style, whilst still retaining the recognisable Favorite lines and exceptional build quality.
The first Favorite 2200 Flybridge yacht was delivered in 2020 and the second followed for repeat Mulder owners in 2022. Largely following the lines of the popular Favorite 1500 and 1700 models, the 22.5-metre all-aluminum Mulder Favorite 2200 has been developed with unique specifications which work perfectly to offer exceptional owner-operated explorations in style and comfort.
Alongside her excellent fuel economy and top-level sailing characteristics, those on board the Favorite 2200 can also enjoy a genuinely comfortable cruising experience, as well as benefiting from her incredible range of 2,250 nautical miles at a speed of 10 knots.
Founded in 2021, Mulder now has a flourishing charter department. The current fleet consists of Mulder ThirtySix yachts. As their builder, Mulder knows every aspect of these world-class vessels inside and out, with their superb quality, outstanding comfort and enthusiastic and highly-trained crew resulting in an amazing experience for their onboard guests.
At Mulder’s charter department, they take time to create the most extraordinary, tailor-made itineraries, ensuring that every aspect of the charter exceeds the expectations and wishes of our clients. We believe it is the perfect way to ‘try before you buy’ and an excellent way of accessing yachting for the uninitiated.
Mulder Shipyard kicked off 2022 with a major announcement: the purchase of our fourth facility in Enkhuizen, located in the north-west of the Netherlands. Having successfully delivered a worldwide fleet of more than 130 motor yachts since 1984, this investment cements our reputation as a growing shipyard with a solid presence in the global superyacht world.
The new shipyard contains two hull construction sheds suitable for yachts of up to 50 metres. This in-depth investment will optimise both the delivery time and quality of our vessels, whilst ensuring that we are not solely dependent on other parties for hull construction. Thanks to its position bordering the Marker- and Ijsselmeer and its convenient connection to both the North Sea and inland waters, vessels can be transported promptly to the Mulder yards in Zoeterwoude and Voorschoten for further and final construction phases.
Mulder currently employs more than 75 full-time workers across three locations, as well as 75 more on a freelance basis. As a family-run company which sees our clients as part of our family, we seize every opportunity to improve quality, decrease delivery times and maintain the best possible relationships with our clients.
Looking ahead, we aim to become the ‘go-to’ shipyard for yachts up to 500 GT in the Netherlands. To keep abreast of our upcoming announcements and plans for the future, keep an eye on the Mulder website.