Acico Yachts, a relatively new player in the pantheon of Dutch yacht builders, has launched both power and sailing superyachts, and also offers semi-custom luxury yachts.
History of Acico Yachts
The shipyard finds its roots in the former Dutch Yacht Builders in Enkhuisen, a town rich in The Netherlands’ centuries-old shipbuilding tradition. Dutch Yacht Builders, which was founded in 1995, was building the 49-metre Motor Yacht Nassima for a Middle Eastern owner in 2009 when it ran into financial difficulties. Nassima’s owner purchased the yard and formed Acico Yachts, not only to complete the build project, but also to launch a new custom and semi-custom yacht-building operation. Swiss Naval Architect Christian Bolinger was named managing director.
Notable Acico Superyachts
Nassima, the tri-deck aluminium superyacht, launched in 2012 with naval architecture and exterior styling by Olivier van der Meer and interior design by Maja von Dewitz of VDP Studio. One of Nassima’s interesting features is a garage that houses a Mini Cooper.
Acico Yachts holds the rights to build van der Meer’s Zaca range of traditionally styled sailing yachts. Zaca yachts up to 80 feet in length have launched to date; the designer has drawings for a Zaca 115 on the boards.
This ambidextrous yard builds both power and sailing yachts and has the depth of expertise to offer to handle the naval architecture, engineering and design work for new projects. While Acico Yachts currently specialises in custom superyachts and the Zaca sailing yacht series, it also has published plans for the SLE line of highly contemporary semi-custom, plumb-bow SLE series.