Royal Huisman’s 1986 built 26m (85 ft) sailing yacht Ebb Tide in Antwerp

23rd of November 2014

Royal Huisman Ebb Tide Antwerpen 35pc Jachthaven Antwerpen Huisman Edd Tide yacht 35pc

Exterior of this aluminium modern classic was designed by Sparkman & Stephens, interior by Pieter Beeldsnijder

Nineteen photos of Royal Huisman’s 48m (156 ft) classic sloop Wisp: Charterworld

IMAX theatre on board Ken Freivokh designed 152.5m (500 ft) yacht

17th of November 2014

Ken Freivokh Design

Oceanco – Vitruvius Design 105m (344 ft) “PYC PURE” motoryacht project

13th of November 2014

Oceanco Vitruvius 105m bw

According to Vitruvius’ website the project will start in 2014. Naval architecture by Philippe Briand. Y717?

Russian oligarch Vagit Alekperov is the owner of Heesen Yachts

13th of November 2014

Heesen werf en Crazy Me BW 45pc

According to Dutch business magazine Quote Lukoil CEO Vagit Alekperov bought the Heesen yard in 2008 from owner

Frans Heesen for a reported 100 million euros. Most of Heesen’s customers are also from Russia. Nearly all company

owned yards release either no information about who owns the yard, or are deliberately vague about what percentage of

the shares are held by the majority shareholder.

Video of Deepwateryachts’ aluminium Korvet 14 motoryacht

10th of November 2014


Motor boat & Yachting test: Privateer 49 Flybridge motoryacht

8th of November 2014

Privateer Yachts

Other news:

Dutch business monthly Quote reports that ICON Yachts’ owner Alexander Mazanov has sold a part of his shares to

ICON’s CEO and CFO. As usual, how much of ICON Yachts is now owned by the top management was kept a secret.

Mazanov apparently remains majority shareholder.

Video of Feadship’s ROCK.IT on sea trails: Youtube

Video test of North Line’s 42 motoryacht by Motor Boat & Yachting Magazine

8th of November 2014

North Line Yachts

Royal Huisman and Doeksen Shipping Company

4th of November 2014


Photos: two Doeksen operated high speed ferries. Regarding the recent takeover of Royal Huisman by (specially created

Doeksen subsidiary) Doeksen Shipyard:

According to Dutch newspaper NRC-Handelsblad in 2012 Royal Huisman reported a turnover of 50 million euros and a profit

of 261,000 euros. Huisman has 330 employees. During the sixteen year period from 1999 up to and including 2014, Huisman

launched 17 sailing yachts and 1 motoryacht. So on average only 1.1 new build boats per year.

Due to the difficult market situation during the recent economic crisis, refit work has become even more important to Royal

Huisman. Because of the ever increasing size of luxury yachts, the location of Huisman’s yard isn’t ideal. It is expensive,

more risky and time consuming to transport yachts to and from Vollenhove.

The takeover by Doeksen can provide Huisman with the money to buy a yard (probably in the North of The Netherlands) with

proper deep water access. Currently much Huisman “Huisfit” refit work is carried out at ICON or Strametco yards in Harlingen.

I think it’s unlikely that the entire Vollenhove yard will be sold and Huisman relocated to a new location, because of costs and

the workforce being centrered around Vollenhove.


Huisman also stated “long-term succession planning“, as a reason for the buy out. At the moment Huisman has four new

yachts under construction, including their first carbon hulled project.

Currently no Dutch yard builds sailing yachts longer than 22m (72 ft) in Fiberglass (GRP), or carbon. Looking at the order books

of Finland based yards Nautor and Baltic for example, there seems to be serious interest in sailing yachts built in those materials.

Some of Doeksen’s funds will probably go towards carbon yacht construction technology

Getting new motoryacht orders has proved difficult for Huisman. Worldwide about 18% of the luxury yacht fleet are sailing yachts.

With a new and larger deep water yard Huisman will be able to build and refit much bigger ships, both sail and power.

What are the benefits for Doeksen Shipyard? Building high end luxury yachts is a risky and volatile business. Perhaps Doeksen

wants Huisman to start building a range of production boats?

The investment in new technology and a new yard will be substantial. New orders depend very much on the worldwide economic

climate. Competition, especially from low cost countries like Turkey, is fierce.

Doeksen Shipping Company has a monopoly concerning the transport of people and cars/trucks between two Dutch islands and

the city of Harlingen.

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