Claasen Shipyards

Claasen Shipyards

Over recent decades, Holland’s superyacht industry has become a byword for quality. The Claasen story is inextricably linked to this rich history, with a background that reflects Dutch excellence in boatbuilding. Over the past decade Claasen has built Truly Classic yachts such as Atalante, Heartbeat, Copihue, Mulligan, Kealoha and Velacarina. The yard has also been one of the leading lights of the J-class revival and pioneered the new F-class. Throughout this period the Claasen success story has been driven by the ability to offer a truly customised approach to yacht building.

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The next generation
Spanning the generations, the workforce of Claasen Shipyards is its primary asset. Four decades may separate Henk Borgman (65) and Joey Koeckhoven (25), currently the oldest and youngest workers at Claasen, yet their lives show striking parallels.

Henk started his yachtbuilding career in 1964, at the age of 14, and joined Claasen 23 years ago. “I’m proud to look back on all the wonderful projects on which I’ve worked and remember the J-class and Lemsteraak boats especially fondly. Now I’m training Joey to take over my position. The best way to share knowledge and experience with the younger generation is to teach by doing, showing them how complex projects are realised step by painstaking step. Once I retire, I plan to spend more time sailing on my boat, playing billiards, and enjoying the company of my grandchildren.”

Joey always wanted to work with wood, and completed a four-year diploma at the Wood and Furniture College in Amsterdam, where he focused on joinery for yachts. “I spent two of my three traineeships at Claasen Shipyards, and Henk was one of my instructors during this time. I moved there permanently in 2012 and my favourite project so far has been the 127-foot Atalante as I was involved from the outset. I’ve learned a great deal from my instructors and more experienced colleagues here, especially.

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  • 22 jun 2017

    Lionheart has won the America’s Cup J Class Regatta. The win comes after her triumphant performance in the America’s Superyacht Regatta where she was awarded the Boat International America's Cup Superyacht Regatta Trophy. It was a fierce bout of racing on the final day of competition, with the record fleet of seven J Class yachts all determined to come away with the title. Going into the final day, it was Hanuman and Ranger at the top of the leaderboard with seven points apiece, with Lionheart just behind them and primed to pounce on eight.

    The crew of Lionheart showed their big-hearted courage as they came back from a flat-footed start to roar down the last run. A penalty for a rules infringement as she approached the last buoy saw Hanuman’s hopes for the title dashed, while Lionheart kept focused in the fickle breeze. Overhauling the leader, Topaz, and with Velsheda winning the second of the two races of the day, Lionheart was named the winner of the regatta - clear in front by three points.

    Last week, she also won the earlier J Class regatta, competing among a wider fleet of 20 superyachts racing across several classes in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta. Her strong performance was enough to not only be named winner of the J Classes, but winner of the America’s Cup Superyacht Yacht Regatta overall.

    About Lionheart

    Lionheart, completed by Claasen Shipyards in 2010, was the first J-class yacht with an aluminium hull. With a length of 43.40 metres, she was also the largest so far, although she is due to be surpassed by the SVEA project currently being built by Vitters Shipyard. Lionheart is designed for cruising as well as racing, and is therefore built to MCA. No expense has been spared to ensure that she is competitive on the race course, and her performance has been optimised by a design that incorporates research done on previous J-class yachts.  Lionheart’s hull is built in high tensile Alustar plating and extrusion materials, and she employs longitudinal stringers to ensure maximum stiffness. Tremendous 17-metre overhangs lend Lionheart a striking appearance. She features two deckhouses and two cockpits, with one of each reserved for the owner, and the owners’ cockpit linked to their suite for maximum privacy.

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  • 29 mei 2017

    The key to writing a successful article is having the right information, preferably something that is not available to all and sundry. By visiting the premises of our members on an individual basis, you learn exactly what is happening and why. Backed up by a host of networking opportunities and sailing trips on the yacht of your choice, the Press Tour is both exclusive and productive.

    Holland Yachting Group Tours are organised by the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, which promotes its members products and/or services, and stimulates trade with other countries via incoming trade missions.

    Our members decide which magazines they wish to invite for this tour.

    Registration for the Press Tour is only possible with an invitation. If you have any questions, please contact HISWA Holland Yachting Group,

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