Discover Benelux, Issue 54, June 2018

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

Sail away with Novanta Novanta Yachtservice is a one-of-a-kind yacht company, specialising in technical and cosmetic maintenance of GRP motor yachts. It combines expertise within the field and passionate craftsmanship at its best. With knowledge about yachts such as Fairline, Princess, Sunseeker, Azimut, Sealine and others, Novanta Yachtservice is up for any challenge when it comes to GRP motor yachts. “We look further than anyone,” owner of Novanta Yachtservice, Andy Vrijhof explains. With a passion for boats from an early age, he


has gained an impressive knowledge throughout his career. “If clients bring their boats to us, mostly in the winter when they are not being used, we look at the total picture. What can be improved? What needs to be renewed? By spring, the boat will feel like new and ready for summer.” With a hands-on mentality, the company has gained recognition over the years. Praised for availability regardless of season, as well as their professional service, which Andy describes as “everything from A to Z”, Novanta makes sure that every sailing season will be a pleasure.

Novanta’s clients come from all over Europe. However, almost 80 per cent of work activities take place in Sint Annaland, situated in Zeeland, the Netherlands. Located in the heart of the Zeeuwse Delta, Novanta is easily accessible. “We have access to 6,600 square metres of storage capacity here and all the materials and tools we need to handle the boats with care, so it’s best for the boats if we do the work here. And ultimately, for the boats’ owners too.” Web:

Expert advice ahead of boat investments TEXT: MALIN NORMAN  |  PHOTOS: BEEKMANN EXPERTISE

When purchasing a sailing or motor boat, it is essential to make sure everything is working and to be aware of potential defects and what level of maintenance and repairs are to be expected. Independent yacht surveyor Beekmann Expertise is here to help. Guido Beekmann has more than 30 years’ experience in the yacht industry. As an independent yacht surveyor with own company Beekmann Expertise, he offers services such as purchase surveys, valuations and investigations. Helping private customers, he also frequently writes reports for parties involved in disputes and settlements. “Clients appreciate that I do the complete survey,” Beekmann says, and continues: “but what I really like is when they join me during the survey of the boat. Then we can go through everything together and they can ask me any questions they might have right then and there.” 26  |  Issue 54  |  June 2018

Following the survey, Beekmann writes a report where every part of the boat is described, what state it is in – and most importantly – if there are any defects. He also gives advice on where future maintenance may be needed and the expected costs for repairs. In addition to being a qualified surveyor, Beekmann is also an expert in investigating the hull thickness of aluminium and steel boats. For GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) boats in particular, it is important to measure the level of


moisture. He explains, “moisture influences the strength of the whole construction. It’s crucial when you are buying a boat to know that it has the same strength as when it was new.” Based in Muiden close to Amsterdam, Beekmann also has many international clients and frequently appears at international boat shows, for instance, boot Düsseldorf in January. Web:

Guido Beekmann.