Discover Benelux, Issue 54, June 2018

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

VEDETTE JACHTBOUW:

Strive for the best TEXT: XANDRA BOERSMA  |  PHOTOS: VEDETTE JACHTBOUW

Excellent quality. If describing Vedette’s yachts in two words, these would be the obvious two. By educating their staff themselves and using modern-day technologies, they make sure each and every yacht they deliver is top range. It started back in 2002 when Hans van Veen opened a shipyard in the Dutch town of Uithoorn. Soon, a wide range of various yachts were being built. “We focus on the right sailing characteristics and excellent technical quality,” Van Veen says, when explaining the fast success of his company. “Our after-sales budget is minimal, because our ships are built with highend quality.” Expansive growth in such a short period required the company to move, and Vedette Jachtbouw now resides in Ter Aar, where there is space for the latest technologies to build ships that are up to 15 24  |  Issue 54  |  June 2018

metres long. According to Van Veen, it is challenging to build yachts to be self-supporting at sea, but thorough studies of possible situations by Vedette has made

them an expert in the area and the modern shipyard makes it possible to deliver a yacht in 18 to 35 weeks. “With parallel construction, we are able to manufacture