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Below you can see some samples of various custom design concepts that we have produced for our wooden boats. These can be built as designed or can be used as a spring board for development of a new design. We offer full boat and yacht design services using state-of-the-art design software, or we can take your existing drawings and develop a design package that best meets your requirements and will mesh perfectly with our superior boat building and construction methods. We pride ourselves in accurately bringing your concepts into reality and making the experience both fun and rewarding.

We invite you to call us to discuss how we can help you to create the custom wood boat of your dreams.

Yachts

Moxie

43' Commuter

Moxie

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Moxie
Moxie

Building on the timeless commuter styling of Geronimo, a second and larger, 43’ version was conceived with an emphasis on weekend, coastal cruising for a couple but capable of seating eight and occasionally sleeping four.  A full and enclosed head, a generous settee and well-equipped galley round out her accoutrements. With diesels located aft for improved balance and soundkeeping, a comfortably quiet cabin and pleasant helm will allow easy conversation.

LOA: 43’-0”
Beam: 12’-0”
Draft: 24”
Disp: 22,500 lbs, apprx.
Fuel: 300 gallons, apprx.
Water: 100 gallons, apprx.
Power: (2) 440-480 h.p, Diesel

64’ Motor Yacht

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64’ Motor Yacht

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Pulling inspiration fom the beautiful designs of Consolidated, Wheeler, Purdy and others, Van DamPulling inspiration from the beautiful designs of Consolidated, Wheeler, Purdy and others, Van Dam developed this concept for a striking and traditional 64’ motor yacht.  While the present arrangement follows a classic layout with separate crews quarters forward, galley amidships and stateroom aft, with 64’ x 15’ proportions, her arrangement possibilities, naturally, are limitless.  This design is an open canvas waiting for the right client to paint their preferences.  One only needs to look at our other creations to envision the visual splendor of this custom Van Dam gracing our waterways.

LOA: 64’-0”
Beam: 15’-0”
Draft: 3’-6” approx.
Disp: 60,000 lbs. approx.
Fuel: 1200 gallons, approx.
Water: 400 gallons, approx.
Power: (2) 700+ h.p., Diesel

46’ Commuter

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46’ Commuter

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A 46' hard top version of our torpedo sterned commuter 'Geronimo'.

This 46’ commuter provides a generous aft cabin for two couples or a family with guests. Interior variations like over/under forward bunks or v-berth can be tailored to suite individual cruising preferences.  Like her smaller sisters, a deep forefoot and generous flare forward will shoulder heavier seas.  A skeg along her keel adds improved tracking as well.  Like the 43’, aft located diesels opens the cockpit and interior while isolating machinery noise. The new pod drives with their improved efficiency and maneuvering would also be a viable powering option.

LOA: 46’-0”
Beam: 12’-6”
Draft: 3’-0” (to propellers)
Disp: 26,500 lbs approx.
Fuel: 350 gals approx.
Water: 50 gals approx.
Power: (2) 480+ h.p. Diesel

33’ Open

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33’ Open

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Our 33’ Open was conceived around the efficiency, simplicity and cost savings of a single engine arrangement.  Without the constraints of enclosing twin engines, her cockpit is wide open for ease of movement or room for creature comforts like a wetbar, lounge and settee.  Propelled with a jet or propeller she’d be outfitted with both bow and stern thrusters for ease of maneuvering.  For the ultimate open cockpit, an aft engine position with a remote v-drive is certainly worth considering. Up forward her arrangement is a proven galley to port, head to starboard layout with a generous v-berth. Other family-friendly features such as a swim platform, transom door and aft canvas enclosure make this attractive design a cost-effective alternative to boring condo ownership.

LOA:  33’-10”
Beam: 11’-0”
Draft: 24”, approx. (less with jet)
Disp: 9500 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 175 gallons, approx.
Water: 50 gallons, approx.
Power: (1) 480+ h.p., Diesel

32’ Trunk Cabin Yacht

A Pretty Sight in any Harbor

32’ Trunk Cabin Yacht

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Our Trunk Cabin Yacht is a development of our successful IRIS, which you can see in our BOATS GALLERY. We expanded on IRIS to give this boat twin engines, more beam, a bigger cockpit, more seating, and more interior.
Twin 180-260 h.p. diesels will give her a good turn of speed, and with roughly 180 gallons of fuel, good range as well. Engine boxes below the helm seats make easy work of engine access and daily fluid checks.
Her cabin is arranged like that of IRIS to incorporate a split companionway hatch that opens up the cabin top into the cockpit, providing standing headroom alongside the galley while preserving her elegant profile.
A generous berth separated by a pair of settees opens the cabin, creating a feeling of spaciousness not commonly found in a 32’ yacht of classical proportions.
An enclosed head and ample seating throughout provide yacht amenities that are suitable for a couple’s coastal cruising. Isinglass curtains can zip up around the hardtop to keep the weather out and extend the boating season.
This little yacht would be a pretty sight in any harbor, and Van Dam would like to build it for you!

LOA:32’-0”
Beam: 10’0”
Draft: 24”, approx..
Disp: 10,000 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 150 gallons, approx.
Water: 50 gallons, approx.
Power: (2) 260-300 h.p., Diesel

31’ Pocket Cruiser

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31’ Pocket Cruiser

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Pocket Cruiser

While utilizing the same bottom, arrangement and layout of our 31 Trunk Cabin, by eliminating the cabin sides and raising the sheer forward, we’ve created a traditional pocket cruiser. We’ve tested this hull/power combination extensively in the rough waters of the Straits of Mackinaw and can attest this is an extremely efficient, seaworthy and comfortable design. With styling reminiscent of classic 1930s designs popular in the Northwest, her broad shoulders and ample freeboard forward will allow her to confidently ply coastal waters. A quick look at the photos of “Iris” will give an example of how this design can be elegantly outfitted and finished.

LOA: 31’-6”
Beam:  9’-6”
Draft: 24”, approx.
Disp: 7500 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 90 gallons,
Water: 25 gallons
Power: (1) 270-300 h.p., Diesel

43’ Bridge Deck Cruiser

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43’ Bridge Deck Cruiser

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43’ Bridge Deck Cruiser
 
For this new design, we set out to offer comfortable amenities packaged in an economical length.  Starting with classic Pacific Northwest styling and proportions, this bridge deck cruiser is perfectly suited to cruise a family of four to five for a weekend.  Two heads, convertible dinette and separate settee-berth provide ample seating with room to move about.  The bridge deck design allows room for a well-equipped and built in galley situated below the lounge in the bridge.  Engines under the lazarette keeps mechanical noises well aft and facilitates service access.  A dodger ahead of the lazarette could be added for protection from the sun or cool air under way.  Either painted or bright topsides would look striking on this smooth design.
 
LOA: 43’-0”
Beam: 12’-0”
Draft: 3’-0” approx.
Disp: 24000 lbs approx.
Fuel: 300 gallons, approx.
Water: 80 gallons, approx.
Power: (2) 400+ h.p., Diesel

40’ Touring Launch

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40’ Touring Launch

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40’ Touring Launch
The United States has thousands of miles of some of the most spectacular waterways in the world.  From the Great Lakes, to the Intercoastal and our great rivers, this spacious design allows for 10+ passengers to tour our waters in style and comfort. Painted topsides and a light colored cabin top assists the reverse cycle air-conditioning to keep guests comfortable in all seasons. A small service galley with refrigerator and microwave is provided along with a large, comfortable head.  The interior is spacious and can be arranged to fit many preferences beyond what’s presently shown.  Twin diesels provide economy, maneuverable and planing performance.  Pod drives would be a viable alternative for this hull as well.
LOA: 40’-0”
Beam: 10’-0”
Draft: 30”
Disp: 15000 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 150 gallons, approx.
Water: 50 gallons, approx.
Power: (2) 260-300 h.p. Diesel

Runabouts

Northern Michigan Utility

25’ Utility Runabout penned for the Lakeland waters of Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Utility

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It’s hard to beat an open utility for the all around perfect summer runabout. With room to move around and endless arrangement possibilities, we wanted to create a great starting point that could be customized to suite many preferences. We call this our Northern Michigan Utility as she’s designed to be easily trailered and enjoyed on our inland waterways. The design provides ample freeboard and room for 6 while back to back seating allows easy conversation when underway. This design is flexible so the addition of a wet bar could be great for entertaining as the motor box is a perfect place to set out hors d’oeuvres. A well-styled and removable sun top can be fitted to cover the forward seats or a fixed frame rag top version could be fashioned to really extend the boating season.  Whether powered with a small block V8 or one of the new compact diesels, this utility will be efficient and quick. Painted or bright topsides and an open arrangement make this one elegant design suitable for many tastes.

LOA: 25’-0”
Beam: 7’-8”
Draft: 18”
Disp: 4000 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 45 gallons, approx.
Water: Portable/5 gallons
Power: (1) 260-300 h.p. Gas, 180-220 h.p. Diesel

Vixen

39'5" Torpedo Stern Runabout

Vixen

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In the roaring 20s, captains of industry often went from their homes to their offices by boat.  Roads in the day weren’t the best and sharing roads with horses made traffic impossible. A twenty-minute trip down the river or across the bay allowed more time at the office to shape America’s future. Like in business, this was a competitive game and these moguls had to have the best, the biggest and the fastest boats around.  This was the inspiration for our new design. A no holds barred commuter befitting a mogul and somebody who simply must have the very best.  She’s been originally drawn with twin big V8s but like her ancestors, if you want something really gorgeous, even exotic, there’s absolutely nothing like the sound of a V12. Study the images of Stogie (35’) and then add 5’ to her length to get a sense of her size. 
This would be a magnificent boat.

LOA: 39’-6”
Beam: 8’-6”
Draft: 22”, approx.
Disp: 7400 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 150 gallons, approx.
Water: None
Power: (2) 400+ h.p. V8,  (1) 650+ h.p. V12

Gatsby’s Ghost

32' Triple Utility

Gatsby’s Ghost

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After we built “Ghost” we thought of lengthening the design and opening her beam just enough to walk between her engines rather than precariously crawling over a polished engine hatch to access the aft cockpit.  With a few proportional changes from the original, this sleek 32’ design was realized.  The aft cockpit was opened up into a U-lounge to allow catching some sun or perhaps riding along in style like Cleopatra. Either way, this is the best seat in the house.  Looking through Ghost’s photographs will provide a good sense of what this design could look like when finished. Traditional white deck seams and beautifully crafted mahogany will complement the unmistakable and heady aroma of spar varnish and premium leather.  Twin small block V8s will growl and heads will turn.  This is boating at its finest.

LOA: 32’-0”
Beam: 7’-8”
Draft: 20”, approx.
Disp: 6800 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 125 gallons, approx.
Water, None
Power, (2) 300 h.p. V8

23’ 6” Utility

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23’ 6” Utility

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We launched a 22’-6” version of this exact design in 2002.  Lady Anne now plys the waters of Lake Burton in N.E. Georgia. At the owner’s request she was designed after a typical 1930s inboard utility runabout but shortened 12” to fit in his garage for the winter. To keep her cool under the hot Georgia sun, Lady Anne was trimmed in light, cream colored leather and an ultra-plush, snap-in carpet was fitted over her mahogany sole.  Traditional white deck seams and the rumble of a small block V8 keep with her traditional theme of the classic American runabout.

LOA: 23’-6’
Beam: 6’-8”
Draft: 20”, approx.
Disp: 2900 lbs, approx.
Fuel; 45 gallons
Water: None
Power: (1) 260-300 h.p.

30’ Double Cockpit Runabout

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30’ Double Cockpit Runabout

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30’-0” Double Cockpit Runabout

For this new double cockpit runabout, we set out to design a fully concealed convertible top.  With the push of a keyfob button, deck panels electrically open and allow the powered, Ray Dietrich-inspired top to automatically deploy.  The panels then close up neatly against the canvas as a hidden retractor pulls the top down snugly and to proper tension.  Its perfect for extending the boating season into the Spring or Fall when the sun is warm but the air is cool. The aft cockpit provides room for three and can be closed off with a canvas cover.  Twin small block V8s will provide spirited performance and a pleasing rumble.  A generous beam allows easy movement within the cockpit and comfortable seating for three across the bench seat.  Storage up forward, in the sole and under seats provides ample space for personal effects, lines and fenders.  With her crisp 1930s styling, I think Mr. Dietrich would have approved. 

LOA: 30’0”
Beam: 8’-6”
Draft: 18”, apprx.
Disp: 6400 lbs, apprx.
Fuel: 90 gallons
Water: None
Power: (2) 300 h.p. V8

34’ Torpedo Stern Runabout

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34’ Torpedo Stern Runabout

34’ Torpedo Stern Runabout with Bridge Deck

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34’ Torpedo Stern Runabout with Bridge Deck

Sport Boats

Stogie II

40' Gentleman's Racer

Stogie II

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Simply stated, Stogie II turns heads. Sleek, long and very fast, she’s a careful blend of classic styling and state of the art design.  Her predecessor, Stogie, was an instant success and spent many summers thundering across the waters of Lakes Charlevoix and Michigan. From the original design we set out to take her successor to the next level.  Bigger, faster and rigged with more power this new design embodies the spirit of Gold Cup Racing in the early years. Engine and drive options are many and dependent on the client’s preference for top speed.  Big blocks of 425 h.p. and up or, for something mechanically beautiful, a pair of Ilmor’s Vipers would leave anything comparable in her wake. Presently she’s designed for straight inboards but surface drives are another option certainly worth considering. This is a big boat so we’ve added a bow and stern thruster to make tight quarters maneuvering effortless. There’s seating for five adults in the cockpit plus two could be added forward of the engines if a “mother-in law” seat is added.  Stogie II, another masterpiece in mahogany from Van Dam.


LOA: 40’
Beam: 8’-3”
Draft: 24”, approx.
Disp: 7500 lbs., approx.
Fuel: 150-200 gallons. Approx.
Water: None
Power: 2 – 420 h.p. (and up) V8, V10, V12

31’ 6” Mediterranean Sport Boat

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31’ 6” Mediterranean Sport Boat

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Classic Italian styling and a curved glass windshield defines this sweeping design. Soft flowing lines and rolled corners of bright finished mahogany will turn heads wherever she goes. A generous 8 ft.-10 in. beam allows for easy movement around the engine box and seating for seven. A swim platform aft with steps cut into the transom provide easy boarding for swimming and skiing while back to back loungers facilitate watching skiers and are nice for casual conversation.  With abundant storage under the seats and in the sole plus one or more built-in coolers, this new design is ready for a family day on the water.

LOA: 31’-6”
Beam: 8’-10”
Draft: 20”, approx.
Disp: 4500 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 80 gallons, approx.
Water: Portable, 5 gallons
Power: (1) 400+ h.p. V8, (1) 570 h.p. V10

33’ 6” Sport Cruiser

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33’ 6” Sport Cruiser

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Designs have a way of evolving from our first meeting with the client to the final result.  This new sport cruiser design was no exception.  This was the starting point for our 38’ Sport Cruiser, “Susan C”.  When the clients decided they wanted bigger engines and more speed we needed a bigger boat! Rather than putting this great design aside we kept it because it offers so much in a trailerable sport boat. V-berth, air conditioning, galley, head, built in swim platform and removable suntop round out some of her accoutrements.  Twin diesels, genset and surface drives give her the ability to cruise effortlessly to distant harbors. 
Think of this design as “Susan C’s” little sister.

LOA: 33’-6”
Beam: 8’-6”
Draft: 36”, approx.
Disp: 7500 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 125 gallons
Water: 20 gallons
Power: (2) 315 h.p., I-6 Diesel

Merlin’s Meteor

35' Gentleman's Racer

Merlin’s Meteor

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Some of the classic designs that came out of the Muskoka Lakes region of Canada were truly spectacular.  Long, lean and festooned with beautiful, sculpted hardware, these boats were typically one-off designs created for a discriminating few. With this new design we set out to capture the essence of this era and create a magnificent and sporting design.  She’s arranged with a four-place cockpit and a two-place mother in law seat ahead of the engine.  Her desired performance will dictate the bottom and drivetrain design.  Stepped or straight bottom, inboard or surface drive are considerations to be made at the beginning.  Power will be a single V10 or V12.  Either way this striking design would grace any classic boathouse.


LOA: 35’-0”
Beam: 7’-4”
Draft:  18”, approx.
Disp: 6000 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 125 gallons, approx.
Water: None
Power: (1) 570 h.p + V10, V12

Christa-Bella

26' Mediterranean Runabout

Christa-Bella

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This pretty 26’ runabout is clearly inspired by the Italian classics found along the Riviera and inland mountain lakes, and with good reason; they’ve just got great lines. With this new cold molded design we’ve married the best of old with modern engineering to eliminate the structural and longevity issues that plague the old classics. With a modern V bottom, we greatly improve the ride as well. A curved glass windshield set in a bright mahogany frame sets off a beautifully rolled sheer that blends into a sculpted barrel stern. A subtle lift in the engine hatch bordered with rolled mahogany edges is finished with a two-tone stain pattern.  From this point the design can be customized to suit many preferences.  Sun tops, sun pads, swim platforms and other convenience features can be incorporated into the design.  A single V8 provides the push and beautiful rumble befitting this new classic from Van Dam.

LOA: 26-0”
Beam: 7’-6”
Draft:  13”, approx.
Disp: 3800 lbs, approx.
Fuel: 60 gallons, approx.
Water: Portable, 5 gallons
Power: (1) 300+ h.p. V8

30’ Gentleman’s Racer

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30’ Gentleman’s Racer

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In response to a couple’s request for a new design a bit more dated than Don Don, but not as classic as Jacqueline, a careful balance of the design elements they admired in both boats were blended to create this retro-styled speedster. With proportions of 30’ by 8’-3” over a deep V hull form, she’ll effortlessly cruise the home waters of Lake Minnetonka in style. Comfortable seating for four or five, stern drive maneuverability and shallow water access are just a few of the benefits of this timeless design.
The heady rumble of her big block engine, echoing through hand crafted and polished stainless exhaust tips, reflects the spirit embodied in beautifully crafted mahogany surrounding fine leather, custom instrumentation, and expert rigging.
To the discerning yachtsman there will be no doubt . . . this is a Van Dam.