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About Wajer Yachts

Heritage

Established in 1992 in Heeg (NL), Wajer is renowned for its forward-thinking approach. The yard has made history with unique models – the Captain’s Launch (Kapiteinsloep), the Wajer 37, 38, 38 S and 55 – each characterised by elegant design, impeccable sailing performance and excellent durability. All boats share the premium quality that customers expect from premium Dutch design and production.

Founding Father

Company founder Dorus Wajer has spent most of his life on the water. Being a perfectionist, he often used to come up with ways to improve the boats he saw. Following his heart, Dorus started building his own launches on the lakes near Amsterdam in 1992. The Captain’s Launch, still famous for its quality, craftsmanship and iconic lines, dates from this period. Building on innovation in product development, Dorus’ yard went from strength to strength.

Family owned

As a family-owned business, Wajer is known for its customer focus and respect for agreements. Dorus’ son Dries, who shares his father’s vision, perfectionism and passion for watersports, joined the company in 2010. They’ve since further developed the Wajer models and enhanced the company’s professionalism. Today, the name Wajer stands for fine Dutch design, the best sailing qualities and state-of-the-art service.

Partners

The growth and reputation of Wajer can also be attributed to the strong bond we have built up with owners as clients have become friends. The input and experience of satisfied customers have helped us develop our boats in tune with market demands. We also partner with leading designers, naval architects and marine equipment suppliers, making the most of our roots in the Dutch premium quality yachting sector.

The yard

The first-class facilities at Wajer include a 4000 m. production hall, 1500 m. of winter storage and 16 fixed boathouses. The yard’s location in the northern Dutch province of Friesland offers access to a rich tradition of skilled boatbuilders. Some 55 craftsmen work in the modern facility which lies directly on the water, making testing of new boats a breeze. 

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Handmade

All our boats are made by hand in the northern Netherlands. Wajer craftsmen are enormously dedicated and skilled in their own field. We have world-class specialists in woodworking, technological systems, design, epoxy construction, and more. And since they are handcrafted, no two boats are the same. What’s more, every model can be individualised and is built to order.

Made in Holland

Holland has an unrivalled reputation as the epicentre of quality boatbuilding. The Dutch know how to combine traditional skills with innovative technologies in a country where yards and leading equipment suppliers have cooperated for many decades. The ‘made in Holland’ tag is a recipe for a high resale value for Dutch yachts: add in the uncompromising dedication to quality of a yard like Wajer and you have the best possible value for your investment in pleasure.

Quality

Another quintessential Wajer skill is finishing. While many yards can deliver 90% quality, it is the final 10% that determines the ultimate measure of perfection. And that, in turn, is where your satisfaction as an owner will truly be decided. 

We take reliability just as seriously as fine looks and our boats are renowned for their exceptional engineering and finishing in terms of piping, wiring and the like. This reflects our belief that the exterior of a boat is only half the story – what is hidden away behind the panelling and the floors is equa§lly crucial to your long-term enjoyment. Every Wajer interior is built by technical experts who always keep ease of maintenance in mind.

Design

Wajer is owned and staffed by people with a true passion for watersports. Our personal experiences make an invaluable contribution to the designs we create together with renowned specialists like e.g. Vripack Naval Architects and Sinot Yacht Design.

You can recognise a Wajer by its striking elegant flowing lines, its tumble home and the way the low cockpit combines with relatively low windows with carbon fibre or wooden trims. These are the elements that distinguish our boats and compose our design language. 

A yacht by Wajer is truly distinctive in terms of design. Observers are instantly touched by its beauty and timeless design. It is apparent in the understated lines, the distinctive shape of the window and the remarkable flare of the hull. But the best thing about a Wajer is that its beauty is perfectly matched by an equally striking sailing performance.

Performance

In its class, the Wajer models belong to the fastest boats in the world. Of course, speed is only part of the picture. It is the way you sail a yacht that makes the difference. Every Wajer is dry and super comfortable thanks to its deep-V hull designed by Vripack Naval Architects.

Wajer was the first European yard to deploy the unique Volvo Penta IPS system in open day boats. This makes a huge difference when it comes to performance, emissions and onboard comfort: 

• 30% less fuel consumption
• 30% less CO2 emissions 
• 50% lower perceived noise level
• 40% longer cruising range
• 20% higher top-speed
• Safe and predictable handling
• Joystick docking 

Visit the Volvo Penta website to find out more about how the system works.

Innovations

Our goal at Wajer is to build the best boat in its class. Innovation is what drives us. This is not a simple question of technological development. It is also expressed in the way we integrate during the construction process the expected use of the vessel by the owners. Innovation comes naturally as we continuously keeping in mind how a boat will be deployed after delivery. 

Wajer was the first yard to introduce floor heating (in the Captain’s Launch), effectively extending the season into slightly colder, wetter months for many owners. We also introduced movable steering, making steering more ergonomic and comfortable.

Other achievements of Wajer include an innovation award for a floating boathouse. And we are additionally proud of the fact that we were the first to build a 37-foot open day boat back in 2006, and the first in Europe to fit an open day boat with a Volvo Penta IPS system. What’s more, the Wajer 37 was unanimously voted Boat of the Year by a panel of international journalists at the HISWA show.