Discover Benelux | Issue 9 | September 2014

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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | Yacht Design & Engineering

Yacht design that navigates your every need The journey of the yacht of your dreams starts long before it even hits the water. At Sea Level Yacht Design and Engineering, creating a custom built yacht is an experience in itself. They will accommodate your personal desires, come up with innovative technical solutions and make sure you feel right at home during the process. TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: SEA LEVEL / DICK HOLTHUIS

him, as with all the other major shipyards in the Netherlands, and now we occasionally end up working with our old boss again.”

Sea Level co-founder Jeroen van der Knaap explains: “We take good care of our clients and make them feel attended to as soon as they walk in. We want to make the designing process a pleasant experience for ourselves and our clients. This way, we will enjoy our work even more and get better results.”

Great results through cooperation and technical experience

Friendship and entrepreneurial ambitions

about each other’s entrepreneurial ambitions they decided to start a company.

The company was founded in 1998 by van der Knaap and his fellow graduate, Bastiën Ligthart. Several years after they finished studying naval architecture together, they became colleagues at Feadship, a mayor Dutch shipyard. When they found out

“When we told our boss about our plans he was actually very encouraging. In fact, he said he would welcome us back if our company didn’t work out!” he says, laughing. “We still have very good relations with

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Thanks to their background in engineering, van der Knaap and Ligthart were able to use their technical knowledge in making existing designs production ready and soon started to produce their own. “To make beautiful yachts that are also technically feasible, you need to have a lot of knowledge so you avoid surprises at the end. We started with designing smaller yachts, but by now we have built up enough experience to become a major