The founders of StormYachts have an unusual story to tell in the modern yachting industry. When establishing their new yard in 2010, Rob van Kesteren and Corné Knippels set out to carve a new segment for 15 to 25-metre motorboats with the same quality level as the finest superyachts. Their target group was owners who appreciate enduring value in terms of the timeless physical qualities of their motoryacht and the emotional attachment they feel every time they step on board. The number of these all-aluminium motorboats would be strictly limited in order to maintain the purity of the Storm brand, with the yard only accepting orders from clients who share their philosophy.
Wait, you mean StormYachts actually turns down potential orders? “Yes,” says Rob, “we have said no and will continue to do so. When Corné and I embarked on this adventure we did so from a financially independent position with complete freedom to go off the beaten path. We’re not in this for the money but to bring to reality our vison of what true craftsmanship and innovation looks like in this length. And that means only partnering with owners who seek the same.”
But how does StormYachts create enduring value? “By leveraging on our experience on the water,” says Corné. “Everyone at Storm understands that comfort involves far more than the choice of materials. Based on decades of actual sailing, perceptible comfort is assured by having everything in its right place and in the right dimensions. From the smart interior and aft deck layouts to the well-designed stairs and galley, from easy access to the engine room to the angle of the sofas, the know-how of her creatorscan be felt on every Storm yacht.”
Heritage, innovation and creativityare the three pillars that form the foundation of the Dutch Yachting Industry