Jachthaven Naarden is situated hidden behind trees, on a natural waterway leading off the Gooimeer. In these peaceful green surroundings, with children playing at the water’s edge and people out enjoying a barbecue, you wouldn’t think that you are at one of the largest marinas in the Netherlands. A market leader when it comes to luxury and sustainability. A tranquil location with a friendly atmosphere.
Jachthaven Naarden used to be a small municipal port in the nineteen eighties. The local rowing and sailing association had been trying for thirty years to get the council to build a marina. Eventually the water reed was cut down and the area beyond the dyke excavated. The result: room for 700 boats. There was a basic play area and maintenance-free rose hip bushes were planted where now palm trees and maple trees grow. Naarden had a marina – but you couldn’t compare it to what we have today.
Though the start was hardly spectacular, the council marina eventually became a great success. It was the only marina in the area and remained so until well into the new millennium. The Stichtsebrug had not yet been built, so large sailing boats had to be moored. Soon investors sensed an opportunity and the level of services and number of berths was soon on the rise. In the year 2000, brick manufacturer Willem Jan den Daas took over the running of the business and turned the marina into what it is today.
One of the original principles of Jachthaven Naarden, which still holds true today, is respect for the natural surroundings. The marina is situated in the middle of the Naarderbos. People still sail straight past the marina without realising it is there. When it comes to sustainability, the marina has been a market leader from day one. In the nineties it gained attention with an impressive bilge water pump - ultramodern at the time. And the covered hosing down areas also received a lot of interest. In 2012 all toilet blocks were made energy neutral, jetties were produced using sustainable materials and rinse water started to be recycled. Jachthaven Naarden has always ensured it is equipped with the most up-to-date equipment.
As the years passed, the marina focussed more on luxury and comfort. In the covered boat shed (3500 m2) you now find the most luxurious yachts. The marina is maintained to the highest standards and every berth has Internet access. But having said this, the marina is also home to more modest water sports enthusiasts. Dinghies, optimists, rowing boats. Water sports are for young and old and Jachthaven Naarden is well aware of this.
Throughout the marina you can still bump into the past. In the restaurant there is a photo of Uncle Thijs at the old café. Function room 't Wiel got its name thanks to the pool of water that was caused during a flood (just behind the main building) and Rowing and Sailing Club Naarden is still housed at the marina. So in some ways, not much has changed.
Jachthaven Naarden is one of the sustainable, full-service Thuishavens operated by Den Daas Recreatie, the parent company in Elst (Gelderland). Although the Thuishavens are all about water, the parent company actually has its roots in the brick industry. The current owners of Den Daas Recreatie grew up literally next to a brick factory with the smell of warm sand in the air. Their passion and love for bricks, entrepreneurship and nature can be seen in the way the business is run today.
Den Daas Recreatie is responsible for servicing and supporting all Thuishavens, so that the marina teams can perform doing what they love best: providing guests with first-class service and an unforgettable experience!