The Dutch invented the "jaght" in the 17th century. Adolf "Dolf" Lecomte company came to the United States to show Americans that the Dutch built the best yachts.
After service as a Dutch naval officer during World War II and later in southeast Asia, Dolf LeComte returned to the Netherlands, looked around and saw the growing market for quality yachts in the United States. Opening the Le Comte company office in New Rochelle, New York in 1954, LeComte began by selling semi-custom yachts to American customers under the name of Holland-American Yachts. Products included steel-hulled motor yachts and ketches, woodhulled sailing boats and one custom multihull.
Taking advantage of growing name recognition, Dolf formed a sales company, Adolf Le Comte Company, Inc. in the United States and Le Comte-Holland, N.V. opened a building yard in the town of Jutphaas, south of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Contracts with the yacht design firm of John Alden Co. resulted in the wood construction of 33' Malabar Senior sloops and 42' Nordfarer yawls, followed by the finishing of Halmatic-moulded 38' Challenger yawls.
In 1961, Le Comte-Holland moved into fiberglass construction exclusively, starting with the Medalist 33 sloop, followed in 1962 with the North East 38 sloop/yawl. Quality construction was the norm, with solid-glass hulls, Airex-cored decks, yacht quality varnished interiors and attractive designs joined in a competitive hull and rig design. 1965 brought the flush-deck, teak-decked 52' Ocean Racer, the last of the Tripp designs with Lecomte Company. In addition to constantly upgrading the yachts, in 1966 a complete redesign of hulls, rigs and interiors kept these designs current and popular.
In 1968, soon after opening a modern building facility in Vianen on the Lek River, (just south of Jutphaas) the Luders-designed Fastnet 45 sloop/yawl joined the LeComte family. 1970 brought the phasing out of the Medalist 33 in favor of the LeComte-designed ALC-35 sloop, and 1971 replaced the North East 38 with the ALC-40 sloop. 1973 brought the redesign of the Fastnet 45 as the ALC-46 sloop/ketch.
While all this was going on, LeComte-Holland was conducting an active program of military/commercial building of fiberglass powerboats, such as 20-meter pilot boats for the Hook of Holland, landing craft for the Dutch Marines and fishing trawlers. These contracts gave the company experience in foam-cored hulls, which served as a basis for the later move into rigid hull inflatable (RHIB) boats and tunnel-hulled landing craft and utility boats.
In 1963, Dolf LeComte purchased a piece of waterfront property on New Rochelle's Lower Harbor, bulkhead, dredged and backfilled, and built a 32-slip marina. In addition to moving the sales office there, Dolf developed a small staff of skilled workers to commission and service the new yachts arriving from Holland. Incorporated as Glen Island Yacht Club, the slipholders benefited by having these craftsmen on site to service their yachts, too.
Retiring in 1994, Dolf LeComte closed LeComte-Holland and sold the Vianen property to a non-marine industrial user. Meanwhile, the New Rochelle marina is home to Glen Island Yacht Club with slips filled exclusively by sailboats summer and winter, West Harbor Yacht Service providing a full-time crew with skills in hauling, rigging, yacht quality carpentry, metalworking, engine service, marine electrical and plumbing, and A. LeComte Company, specializing in the resale of LeComte yachts and other sailing yachts.