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.

Who is K&M Yachtbuilders?

To answer that question we have to go back in time a little bit. About 30 years ago, an aluminium yard started building sailing boats in the small Dutch town of Makkum.
In 1997 Eeuwe Kooi started his company Kooi Makkum in the adjacent facility. Together with one employee he did maintenance, storage and repairs on all sorts of yachts.
When the aluminium yard had to close due to their financial situation, Eeuwe decided to take over the yard together with his friend Mr. Mast, a well know yachtpainter. And so K(ooi)&M(ast) Yachtbuilders was born.

Friday, November 19, 2010

K&M Yachtbuilders has her own blog!

Welcome to our blog!

With this blog we will inform you about what we do, the yachts that we build, our company, news and everything else we think might be interesting for you to read.

If you have any questions about us, aluminium, sailing or what so ever, please feel free to leave us a message!

Greetings from the K&M team