The Balk family business opened its doors in 1798, building wooden vessels on a small slipway in Elburg. Seven generations later, the company – now helmed by Daan Balk – has evolved into a leading yard for refits and rebuilt of luxury superyachts.
After many successful years in Elburg, the refit shipyard eventually outgrew its location and moved to its current premises on Urk. To ensure the unique skills involved in building wooden vessels were not lost, we maintained the old premises of the yard in Elburg as a museum. The knowledge is being preserved as the Elburg location is still used to build cutters as well to showcase past techniques.
Over the past few decades, Balk Shipyard has focused primarily on refitting yachts. With numerous extraordinary refits and rebuilds under its belt, the yard has proven its expertise time and again.
‘We are proud to say that we are true refit and rebuild specialists in the superyacht industry’
In addition to specialising in refits and rebuilds, Balk Shipyard also builds new superyachts. An example is the sailing yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov, which was awarded the prestigious World Superyacht Award in 2014. We strive to complete each and every commission to the highest standards and fulfil our owners’ wishes regarding their yachts.