account of the history of Hurley yachts has been provided by Mr Hans
Keller of Hurley UK the official importer of Hurley Yachts from Holland.
The Dutch agent for Hurley Marine was a company called Triba of Edan.
Hurley Marine Ltd went out of business in 1974 the Hurley Marine agents
Triba bought a set of Hurley 22 moulds and the rights to use the Hurley
name. (This statement is not confirmed or proved). Nothing was done
with the moulds until the late 1980's when a company called Jachtbouw
Twente bought the rights just to use the name and commissioned Borghen
of Denmark to design an 8.3metre sailing cruiser in the Hurley spirit
building them in Holland they were an instant success. The result
was a beautiful sailing cruiser with enclosed ballast. When I decided
to move to Wales in 1997 I purchased one for myself to sail around
the UK. I started what we called Hurley UK Ltd as a subsidiary of
were constructed by Coniplex of Contest fame and later Jachtbouw Twente
bought the rights to the Contest 34, which was discontinued by Coniplex.
They called it the Hurley 1050.
of Jachtbouw Twente fell ill and later after a family row he sold
the moulds and Hurley name to Jachtwerf De Eemhof who still build
the Dutch Hurley's. The new owners sadly did not want to market the
vessel in the UK.
I have not seen
any copy of any agreement whereby the Hurley name was sold to the Dutch
company. I'm not sure how many of the Hurley 700 yachts were built.
Could anyone please tell us?
Number plate from a Hurley 700 (Hurley 22)