Discover Benelux, Issue 54, June 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Dutch Industry & Innovation  |  Made in the Netherlands

Clean your room, do your homework, build a boat! TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA  |  PHOTOS: BOUWJEBOOTJE

Building a boat sounds more difficult than it actually is. If you ask the guys at BouwJeBootje, that is. They have created a building kit with which kids can build their own boat. Goodbye iPad, hello sailing! “Kids can’t build a boat!” is something BouwJeBootje-founder Caspar ten Berge has heard a lot. But guess what? They can. “I wanted my kids to do something else than look at a computer screen all day long,” Ten Berge explains. “Why not have them build their own boat?” He created several different designs and eventually found the perfect one. The result was a boat that holds 2 kids for safe sailing. He named it Thimo, after his sons Thijs and Morris. It became an immediate success. “I started by giving courses in the neighborhood in which I helped kids build the boat, and soon, other organisations asked me to teach them how to do it.”

Requests started coming in for a bigger boat. One that can hold more people and can be turned into a sailing boat. Back to the drawing board for Ten Berge, though luckily with a little help this time. “Diederik Bekkering approached me. Because he liked the concept so much, he wanted to help and he was very welcome! We are building 200 boats with schools this year as part of the Volvo Ocean Race finish event in The Hague in June.” Not only school classes get to experience the joy of building their own boat, you can order one yourself. “You can build it at home,

it’s a very educational process. It comes as a complete package, including screws, glue and filler. The pre-cut wood is okoumé, the glue is safe to use for kids. It’s relatively easy to build, and lots of fun!” And let’s be honest, what’s a better way to spend your summer than floating around on something you made yourself? See BouwJeBootje during the Volvo Ocean Race Finish event in The Hague on 27 June. Web: www.bouwjebootje.nl

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