Friday, August 10, 2012

Upcoming Boat Shows

Open Yard Orust 2012
24 august 2012 - 26 august 2012
The Bestewind 50 'Olivia' will be for show. Mail us to schedule an appointment.

Hiswa in-water Boat Show 2012
04 September 2012 - 09 September 2012 

The Bestevaer 56ST 'HannaH' and Bestewind 50 'Princess of Tides' will be for show. Mail us to schedule an appointment.
NOTE: the show will be held in Amsterdam on the NSDM-yard, not in IJmuiden anymore!

Bater i Sjoen Oslo 2012
06 September 2012 - 09 September 2012
We will be present with the Bestewind 50 'Olivia'. Mail us to schedule an appointment.

Cannes Boat Show 2012
11 September 2012 - 16 September 2012
The Opus 68 'Helene' will be for show! Mail us to schedule an appointment for viewing her.

Hanseboot Hamburg 2012 (in-water: City Sport Hafen)
27 October 2012 - 04 November 2012
The Bestevaer 53ST 'Suse' will be open for the public, in the City Sport Hafen.

BOOT Dusseldorf 2013
19 January 2013 - 27 January 2013

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Visit us at BOOT Dusseldorf

Just one month to go, and the biggest water sports exhibition in Europe, BOOT Düsseldorf, will be upon us again.
This is the only exhibition where K&M is only represented with a stand, and not with a ship. You will find our stand in Superyacht Hall 7a, Stand Number B08. It will be easy to find us, as we will be right beside the access door to Hall 7!
Would you like to visit us to discuss your ideas and requirements? Or do you have any specific questions about aluminium, designers or the building process? Come along and visit us! You can make an appointment via info@kmy.nlor +31(0)515 233 000. We will then set aside time to see you.
The exhibition is from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th January and is open each day from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. You will find more information about parking, admission prices, route finding, etc. on
Bestewind 50: Winner of Yacht of the Year?
On the first Saturday of BOOT Düsseldorf we will find out whether the Bestewind 50 has been chosen as European Yacht of the Year! It is all very exciting.
After the Hiswa te Water exhibition in IJmuiden, various journalists from European water sports magazines have sailed with the Bestewind 50 and the other nominated ships. When they were on board they were very positive - in spite of the bad weather - so we are hopeful.
At our YouTube channel you can watch two videos which were made during the test voyage with 50-knot gusts!
Video 1
Video 2

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Program Open Day

April 16th is the day! Our Open Day!

At 10:00 hrs our doors will open, and you are welcome to start with a cup of coffee or tea in our cantina. After that, please feel free to wander around our facilities. Be amazed by the aluminum hull builders work, or have a look in a yacht that is being finished. Outside, at the water front, you can step on board of different yachts that are already delivered to their owners. And thanks to these owners we are able to show those yachts to you!

Below is our program for the Open Day

WHEN?     Saturday 16 april
TIME?       10.00 - 16.00 hrs
WHO?       Anyone with in interest in aluminium custom-built sailing yachts!
WHERE?  K&M Yachtbuilders at the De Stienplaat 7 in Makkum (Friesland in Holland).

Hull building hall:
1)    German Frers 88ft ‘Tulip’
2)    Stadtship 54

Finishing halll:
1)    Bestevaer 73S ‘Christopher’  FOR SALE
2)    Bestevaer 55ST ‘Pilgrim’
3)    Bestevaer 55ST ‘Morning Haze’
4)    Icon 48 ‘Leeloo’
5)   Bestewind 50
6)    Sloep 'Bestewind'  FOR SALE

1)    Classic Schooner ‘Mistral’ FOR SALE
2)    Bestevaer 49ST ‘Katharos’
3)  Bestevaer 49ST 'No Name'
4)    Bestevaer 53ST ‘Qerst’ (ex Alice) 
5)    Bestevaer 53ST ‘Zeerover’
6)    Bestevaer 53ST ‘Maaike Saadet’
7)    Bestevaer 65S ‘Lady Ann’  FOR SALE
8)    Stadtship 56 ‘Oester’
9)    Stadtship 56 ‘Merrimac’                                
10)    Koopmans 47 ‘Bower Bird’

12:00 hrs Mr Koen van Esch will talk about his Transat 6,50 journey. It took him -solo- from France to Brazil in three weeks. Listen to his stories and enjoy the photo's and film.

14:00 hrs Mr Kees Verruijt is the owner of the Stadtship 56 Merrimac, which is also outside. He will explain about his search for the perfect solution for navigation and control equipment on board.

There will be a concession stand for drinks and small snacks at the yard. The nautical clothing store 'Zilt' will be there also to sell clothing and accessories.

The following companies will also have Open Day in Makkum:
Gebroeders van Enkuizen

Van Malsen Jacht- en Interieurbetimmering

Monday, February 7, 2011

Review Boot Dusseldorf and news Open Day

Well, it's already been a week since Boot Dusseldorf ended. This year we had a new location in Hall 7a. We where right next to the door to Hall 7, so we saw a lot of people walking by.

Luckily for us, a lot of them also stopped to have a look at our stand, the beautiful scale models and large pictures of yachts we have built. We are not in a market with a lot of prospects, but we did have some interesting conversations at the stand, with people who understood and appreciated the idea of having their own dream yacht build, exactly how they want it.

We made some changes to our the stand i.e.; new black backwall (with our new logo), new aluminium logo's for the brands (Axonite, Stadtship, Bestevaer and Bestewind) and a new floor in the middle. We also use some LED lights to show off our new corporate color behind the pictures.

The last week was busy with getting everything from the stand back in place, and working hard to send everyone who requested information the right info, specs and photo's. Hopefully we will see some of them at our yard soon.

Speaking of which, on April 16th, we are having our Open Day! Have you always been curious to what our yard looks like, how the aluminum hulls are build or do you just wish to walk around the yard anonymous, please come by! The yard opens at 10:00 hrs and we close around 16:00 hrs. Of course, entrance is free and no need to register in advance.
We are working on the list of yachts that will be present, and other entertainment like speakers, suppliers, etc. Keep an eye on this blog, our website and Twitter!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Not a first weld but a first pile for K&M Yachtbuilders

About five times a year a first weld is made in a new aluminium yacht at K&M Yachtbuilders for another happy customer. But last Thursday we were the happy customer. The first pile was driven for our new business premises.

It took about an hour and a half to drive 14 piles into the ground at Stienplaat 7 in Makkum, the Netherlands. The conversion, most of which is taking place indoors, is needed because we have expanded rapidly during the last few years, in terms of both orders for custom-built yachts and personnel.

Once the conversion has been completed there will be a central foyer on the ground floor, surrounded by all the offices.  An open interior will be created by using a lot of glass partitions, low walls of no more than 1.60 m in height and a long passage connecting the various offices, almost like a jetty. The wooden floors and wall furniture give the premises a nautical accent.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What would you like to know about K&M Yachtbuilders?

We started this blog to have more interaction with people who are interested in our yachts and yard.

Do you have a question for us? Maybe you are wondering about how a lift keel exactly works, or what's up with all those stories you here about corrosion? Do you have a question about any of our designs or just want to know what we are up to for the next few months?

Leave us a message below!

Of course you can also send us a private e-mail, subscribe to our K&Mail on our website or start following us on Twitter!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The K&M team

What does K&M Yachtbuilders build?

K&M Yachtbuilders is dedicated to the construction of custom-build sailing yachts. This means that every yacht is build according to the wishes and demands of the owner. Everything is tailor made, and no two yachts are the same!

We have built yachts for designers like Gerard Dijkstra, Van de Stadt, Vripack, Hoek, Simonis Voogd, German Frers and more. For us, it doesn't really matter who designs the yacht, as long as you are happy with it! Examples are the Icon 48, Colin Archer 1860, and the new German Frers 88ft.

But, we also build yachts from a certain 'type' or 'line' as you will. The most famous ones are the Bestevaer and the Stadtship yachts.