KM Yachtbuilders builds vessels ranging from 45 to 100 feet entirely according to each owner’s wishes. The yard often works with renowned designers such as Dykstra Naval Architects and Van de Stadt Design, while also building completely custom yachts, such as Tulip 88 by German Frers. Each of their yachts is created to flawlessly reflect her owner’s needs and specifications. Like bespoke Italian suits, no two of their boats are alike.
The vessels launched under the name Bestevaer are designed by Dykstra Naval Architects and built exclusively by KM Yachtbuilders. Designer Gerard Dijkstra’s own boat is a Bestevaer 53.
Trips to high latitudes are becoming quite a trend lately – but KM Yachtbuilders’ vessels have been plying cold and rugged areas such as Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland for years, and several owners of their yachts have even braved the Northwest Passage. The yard currently has two expedition yachts under construction measuring 66 and 78 feet, respectively, and will soon start work on a third, a 72-foot Bestevaer. These boats combine the designers’ expertise, the owners’ vision and the yard’s experience in the building of ice-going vessels to produce extraordinarily safe, strong and comfortable yachts.
KM Yachtbuilders is one of the few yards which still build entire vessels under one roof. They have their own aluminium production shed and hull builders, electricians, carpenters and engineers. They also do the painting, launching and fitting the mast themselves at their site in Makkum on the IJsselmeer Lake. You are more than welcome to visit the yard’s facilities for a look around.