Van de Stadt Yachts
was founded by Ericus (Ricus) Gerhardus van de Stadt in the Netherlands. Ricus Van de Stadt started his shipyard in Zaandam, also a ships wharf and design company for small wooden boats. In 1939, Van de Stadt designed the Valk for the Bruynzeel company to demonstrate the possibilities of their new product; a type of plywood. Adding the later polyester versions (“Polyvalk“), “The Valk” became one of the most popular open sailboats on the Dutch waters. Ricus van de Stadt later designed a seaworthy race version of the Valk for Kees Bruynzeel, the Zeevalk. In 1952 this boat won the Fastnet race. A 9-metre-long sailboat followed in 1958, and the first maxi ocean racer from Van de Stadt was produced in 1960. Beginning in 1973, the Van de Stadt company fully concentrated on design after it sold the shipyard to Dehler. The name was changed to EG van de Stadt & Partner. Ricus Van de Stadt continued working at the company until 1978. Today, the design team works under the name Van De Stadt Design, and is still led by Cees van Tongeren, who started working for Van de Stadt in the late 1960s.