Explore in Confidence

Dutch shipbuilder and maritime transport company Hartman Marine Group is venturing into the luxury yachting sector.

Photography by Hartman Yachts

10 August 2017


Hartman Marine Group, an Urk-based maritime builder, is looking to attract clients for its two new ranges of “no-nonsense” yachts by promising “excellent value and substantial time savings”, it said in its announcement. The company has created a new brand for its leisure marine activities, Hartman Yachts, with the tagline “Explore in Confidence”.

Although Hartman Yachts will be offering fully-custom superyachts as an option for owners with specific requirements, it has marked its announcement with the release of designs for two semi-custom superyacht lines, ranging from 24 to 42 metres in length. The Livingstone and Amundsen lines offer two distinct types of yacht that would suit different kinds of cruising.

The first unit from the Livingstone range (pictured above and below) has been delivered to her owner. With the exterior hallmarks of a classic luxury yacht from the first half of the 20th century, the Livingstone also provides all the mod cons expected of a high-tech 21st century superyacht. It has been named after Scottish missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone.


The Amundsen range is more suited to expedition cruising, named after legendary Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, the first person to reach both the North and South Poles. The Polar-classed hulls of the Amundsen will effortlessly take an adventurous owner around the globe, from the Pacific Islands to the Northwest Passage. The range’s exterior is influenced by historical warships but with a nevertheless modern profile, combining guest comfort for the interior with practical seamanship in its technical capabilities.

The family company – which goes back seven generations – is run by Johan Hartman.

We know the ins and outs of the nautical trade as no other. Values and standards that have stood the test of time are at the core of our company and underpin all our activities,” Hartman said of the company’s heritage and strengths.

Hartman Yachts emphasises the value that its proven track record in commercial marine construction will bring to yachting, not least through “smart construction methods” that economise on time and budget, while capitalising on Urk’s skilled local workforce.


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