De Valk was founded in Holland as a marina and charter company in 1947. The brokerage activities where devoloped in the 1970s. From the very outset we recognised the importance of being involved in the major boat shows and our international profile grew rapidly. The service portfolio was expanded in line with client requirements, with tailor made options becoming available in areas as diverse as finance & insurance and chartering. And the expansion in De Valk’s home base, with offices across Holland, was matched by the opening of branches in the United Kingdom, Spain and France.
Ahead of our time.
A key driver in the De Valk success story has been our insistence on leading rather than following the market. Some practical examples of this innovative approach include"
Early 1980s: introduction of computer systems in our operations, with all offices being are interconnected to provide maximum support and the very latest info to customers.
1988: Launch of our dedicated Yacht Magazine, which quickly gains a circulation of 35.000 and is sold in shops as well as being distributed to (potential) clients. Followed up in 2002 with a supplementary publication called Exclusive Yacht aimed at the 18 metre and over Market.
Late 1990’s: Continuing our work at the forefront of ICT. De Valk launches an online global database. Later upgrade includes a Virtual Tour facility and much else besides, www.de valk.nl becomes one of the leading yacht brokerage portals.
1999-2003: Brick & mortar facilities match those in the virtual world. The opening of Holland’s first covered sales marina in Sneek is followed up with a giant facility in Loosdrecht, the largest construction of its kind owned by any brokerage house in Europe.
Today, De Valk typically has more than 500 yachts for sale at any given time and specialises in motoryachts and sailing yachts from 10 metres. We are a member of a.o. HISWA (the Netherlands Association of Enterprises in Water Recreation) and the Yacht brokers, designers & surveyors Association. All staff are accredited by the Dutch Association of certified yacht brokers.
At your service.
With over four decades of experience and offices across Europe, De Valk continues to take great pride in offering you a personal service based upon mutual understanding. Our staff are multilingual and speak you language in terms of finding the best solution for your needs. We look forward to being of service!