The Dutch call it a sloep, but the rest of the world may know it by such names as the launch, dayboat, or run-about. Whatever you decide to call it, we don’t think Lekker will be offended, as their Damsko 750 model continues to grow its notoriety in the international marketplace.
Lekkers origins can be traced back to 2014 in Sydney Australia, where founder and visionary Meindert Wolfraad, with the help of some Dutch expertise, brought together the idea that would soon become Lekker Boats. These high-quality, maintenance-free, Dutch inspired vessels are handmade in the Netherlands, yet well suited for waterways beyond that of Sydney Harbor.
Fast forward to today where consumers are now using words such as sporty, luxurious, and accommodating, and you’ll find the Damsko 750.
- Dutch hull design
- Simplified console layout
- High passenger capacity
- Highly customizable
By Capt. Greg Thornton
It would appear that the concept of introducing the Damsko 750 is to fill the need for a modernized run-about, that’s sporty, customizable, and is well suited for a multitude of sea conditions – with a high passenger capacity to boot. With roofing, decking, cabin and power options, the Damsko 750 has an allure that attracts a varied audience.
The Dutch “sloep” is a striking design with her pronounced deep-V shaped bow, that transforms the entire boat’s look and performance. This specific angle allows for constant stability of the hull in varied sea conditions, and also extends the entertainment area.
The deck of the Damsko was designed to provide a dry ride, no matter the conditions. The elevated decking keeps feet away from any water that may find its way inside. The addition of non-skid also gives peace of mind and no doubt will minimize slippage.
In addition to selecting one of three layout options, the Damsko 750 also has an array of other options for fulfilling client needs.
- Roofing – Bimini or T-top
- Audio – Jensen or Polk audio
- Deck – Non-Skid or Nautiteek
- Anchor System – Basic or electric anchor
- Engine meters and navigation – basic, analog or modern
- Bow thruster
Lekker has outfitted the Damsko 750 with the Bravo III dual counter-rotating propellers. They believe that by doing so, it provides the best steering control and performance for the crafts design. It also allows it to hit plane (along with minimal bow rise) at a lower speed and thus, increase the fuel efficiency. Plus, with the engine being centrally located, the Damsko 750 can practically turn on its own length, further flaunting its agility.
- MerCruiser 4.5L Bravo III DTS (250-hp)
- MerCruiser 6.2L Bravo III DTS (350-hp)
- Mercury Diesel TDI 3.0L Bravo III X DTS (260-hp)
Lekker currently offers four console options for the Damsko 750. Ranging from a basic layout, to premium navigational, the console is the eyes and ears of the vessel, providing valuable operational insight.
The helm layout seems to be fairly straight forward with a large wheel seated to the center. The single binnacle is to starboard, and the additional displays are cleanly mounted to center and port.
- Extended sunbed
- Deck shower
- Bimini or T-top
- Water ski pylon
- Antitheft lock with GPS
- Heated seats
With a durable design and proven seaworthy characteristics, we feel the Damsko 750 will continue to make a positive impression amongst the boats in her class. The Damsko 750 comes well equipped and ready to go, straight form the factory with her MerCruiser engine. And with additional options to choose from, depending upon the desired usage, the Damsko 750 shows her versatility and seaworthy competence thanks to the age-old Dutch Sloep design – all with a modern finish.
Needless to say, she would make an ideal yacht club launch that could serve double-duty at quickly setting the windward mark on race day.