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Open Day at K&M Yachtbuilders, April 20, 2013

March 26, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

K&M Yachtbuilders, builder of aluminium customer-built sailing yachts, will once again open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 20. From 10 to 16 hours, visitors are welcome to view the shipyard and its work in Makkum: around 7 yachts are in build indoors, while around 15 finished yachts can be found out in the water.

K&M Yachtbuilders - Shipyard

K&M Yachtbuilders - Shipyard

There will be two presentations (at 12 and 14 hours) and hopefully good weather! Four of the K&M “lines” will be displayed: Bestevaer, Bestewind, Stadtship and Axonite.

From 48 to 73 foot
Eeuwe Kooi, The director and owner of K&M: “When is our Open Day interesting for you? If you are planning to have a sailing yacht custom built. If you are interested in aluminium custom and polyester semi-custom yachts. But also if you’re ‘simply’ a boat lover.”

“Of course you can visit us at any other time, but the Open Day is the ideal opportunity to view many yachts at the same time. Each year, owners of K&M yachts moor in Makkum. These are yachts which normally sail the most beautiful routes. With so many ships lined up, it is fascinating to see how each owner has made their own choices. In order to get a proper idea of your ideal ship, it is sensible to view as many different ships as possible and to write down whatever you really want (or do not want),” explains Eeuwe.

“The ships here give a good idea of what our shipyard does. We not only construct the aluminium Bestevaer and Stadtship yachts but also the Bestewind 50, which is the smaller polyester version of the Bestevaer. We know for sure there will be six of the Bestewind 50 yachts on-site.”

“We also have two completely custom-built aluminium yachts, the Icon 48 ‘Leeloo’ and the Axonite 69”. The ‘Leeloo’ will be the smallest of the ships, but still very much worth the effort of having a look!”

“Are you looking for a shipyard for a refit or maintenance job? Once again, K&M is the place to be. We have a stand with information on this, and a number of ships can be viewed as showcases.”

Four of these ships are also for sale. These are the Bestewind 50 ‘Kooi Aap’, Bestevaer 53ST ‘Zeerover’, Bestevaer 50S ‘Everdina Maria’ and the Bestevaer 73S ‘Christopher’.

Presentations (in English)
K&M Yacht builders are offering two very different but certainly very interesting presentations this year.

12:00 hours Marnix Hoekstra, Director of the renowned Vripack firm of architects in Sneek will hold a presentation on ‘high latitude sailing’, all about sailing in cold regions. Many of K&M owners already do that!

Marnix Hoekstra from Vripack

Marnix Hoekstra from Vripack

14:00 hours Leonie Kok has sailed around the world on board an aluminium yacht, together with her husband Adam and their two young children. Fantastic photos, videos and wonderful stories are guaranteed!

The presentations will be given in English, with a view to the large number of foreign guests expected to visit.

Other activities
Besides the ships under construction and the ships moored outside, K&M has organised much more to entertain visitors.

A number of suppliers, such as Yanmar, Cuno, OnDeck, RayMarine, Asa Boot Electro and Holland Nautic, will present and exhibit their projects.

If one is feeling peckish or thirsty, Jurjen Catering is on hand. And Makkum beach is nearby, for family fun once one has seen enough at the shipyard.

There is no need to register for the Open Day, and children are more than welcome!


WHEN? Saturday 20 april

TIME? 10.00 – 16.00 hrs

WHERE? K&M Yachtbuilders/Kooi Makkum, De Stienplaat 7, 8754 HE in
Makkum (Holland).

WHO? Anyone with an interest in:
• aluminium custom-built sailing yachts
• semi-custom GRP Bestewind yachts
• brokerage yachts
• refit or maintenance work

Hull building hall:
• Bestevaer 66ST ‘Anabel’
• German 39C

Finishing hall:
• Bestevaer 73S ‘Christopher’ FOR SALE
• Bestevaer 49ST ‘Dondersteen’
• Bestewind 50 ‘Umiak’
• Axonite 69 ‘Axonite’
• Several refit projects

• Stadtship 58 ‘music’
• Stadtship 56 ‘Merrimac’
• Bestevaer 56ST ‘Hannah’
• Bestevaer 54ST ‘Maaike Sedaat’
• Bestevaer 53ST ‘Suse’
• Bestevaer 53ST ‘Qerst’
• Bestevaer 53ST ‘Zeerover’ FOR SALE
• Bestevaer 50S ‘Everdina Maria’ FOR SALE
• Bestewind 50 ‘Kooi Aap’! FOR SALE
• Bestewind 50 ‘Princess of Tides’
• Bestewind 50 ‘Krabat’
• Bestewind 50 ‘Abel T.’
• Bestewind 50 ‘Dockside’
• Icon 48 ‘Leeloo’

12:00 Mr. Marnix Hoekstra from the well-known Vripack Design office will talk about high latitude sailing.

14:00 Mrs. Leonie Kok will show and tell about her world trip with an aluminium sailing yacht she made with her husband and their young kids.

Both lectures will be held in English.

The following suppliers will be showing their products:
– Yanmar Engines!
– Cuno!
– RayMarine!
– On Deck
– Asa Boot Electro
– Holland Nautic

Jurjen Catering will take care of drinks and small snacks at the yard.

K&M Yachtbuilders Open Day

February 22, 2011

Written by Chelsea Smith

On Saturday 16 April K&M Yachtbuilders, builder of aluminium custom-built sailing yachts, will once again be opening its doors to the public. From 10 am to 4 pm everyone will be welcome in Makkum to familiarise themselves with the shipyard and its work according to the ‘tried and tested formula’: various yachts under construction (about 7) inside, several vessels ready for sailing outside in the water (about 10), two speeches (midday and 2 pm) and nice weather. All of the K&M “lines” will be represented: Bestevaer, Stadtship, Axonite and Bestewind.
German Frers 88ft 'Tulip' by K&M Yachtbuilders

German Frers 88ft 'Tulip' by K&M Yachtbuilders

Crowd pullers

Eeuwe Kooi, CEO and proprietor of K&M: “The main crowd puller for the open day? Well, that’s a highly personal choice, but for me it’s the biggest and the smallest sailing yachts under construction.” The “Tulip” stands out for her dimensions and elegant design. A classically lined 88 ft sloop (26.6 x 6.1 m) designed by German Frers. K&M also has great expectations of the smallest yacht under construction, also a new model in the Bestevaer series: a Bestevaer 45ST. Highly recognisable as a Bestevaer, including comfortable doghouse, in a handy size.

Bestevaer 45ST 'Voyager' by K&M Yachtbuilders

Bestevaer 45ST 'Voyager' by K&M Yachtbuilders


Kees and Koen will be arriving to give speeches this year. Koen van Esch competed in 2007 in Transat 6.50, a solo race of 4200 miles from France, via Madeira to Brazil. In his speech Koen will be telling you all about his experiences, the highs and the lows. Including spectacular images!
Kees Verruijt, owner of the Stadtship 56 “Merrimac”, entrepreneur and software engineer will be arriving to tell you about: “My search for the ideal navigation and operation solution”. The “Merrimac” will be present for demonstrations.

New offices

This year not the usual attractive entrance, but a building site! The entrance, offices and facade are undergoing a major refit. You will certainly be given an impression of the ultimate result during the open day. As well as a cup of coffee when you arrive via the alternative route.
More information about the programme for the open day and the vessels that will be present is given on K&M Yachtbuilders new website:

K&M Yachtbuilders OPEN DAY APRIL 16th 2011
Hull building area
* German Frers 88ft ‘Tulip’
* Bestevaer 55ST ‘Morning Haze’
* Van de Stadt 54
Finishing area
* Bestevaer 73S ‘Christopher’
* Bestevaer 55ST ‘Pilgrim’
* Bestevaer 49ST
* Bestevaer 45ST ‘Voyager’
* Icon 48
* Bestewind 50
* Sloop 7 meter FOR SALE
* Classic Schooner ‘Mistral’ FOR SALE
* Bestevaer 53ST ‘Qerst’ (prev. ‘Alice’)
* Bestevaer 53ST ‘Zeerover’
* Bestevaer 53ST ‘Maaike Saadet’
* Bestevaer 49ST ‘Katharos’
* Axonite 69 ‘Axonite’