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Story of the whale

Could there be anything more vexing than your glass of champagne toppling over and emptying its cold contents onto your dinner companion? And as embarrassing as it was, this incident, which occurred in choppy waters around Antigua, pales in comparison with facing a boatload of green-faced guests. Experienced hands may scoff at motion sickness, but rough seas have a way of cancelling all the fun of any pleasure cruise. If you are looking for the best way to tame the sea, DMS Holland’s AntiRoll retractable fin stabilizer system is the best solution.

Our inspiration comes from nature – the fins of a whale to be precise. It took millions of years of evolution to produce the thin, long, rotating and flapping fins that allow these incredibly bulky animals to soar above the water like ballerinas. Like whale fins, the AntiRoll fins are long, narrow and curved, and can move and rotate in two directions. This gives them optimum effectiveness in all circumstances: they rotate forward and back for stabilization underway and flap up and down for stabilization at anchor. Additionally, as the fins can be folded completely underneath the hull in shallow or arctic waters there is no chance of them being damaged.

The first AntiRoll fin stabilizer system was installed on the 122-foot Van der Valk Continental Four motoryacht Santa Maria T, designed by Guido de Groot. A second order followed in December 2014 for an AntiRoll system to be retrofitted on a 164-foot Feadship planned in the coming years. And, most recently, there has been a third order for a 184-foot new build superyacht. Things are going according to plan for DMS Holland.

DMS deems the system suitable for even larger yachts, up to 400 feet in length. Even large vessels need stability: experience has proven that size alone does not guarantee a stable ride. Just ask the whale!

AntiRoll provides a retractable stabilization system for both underway and at zero speed without any compromise of performance in either circumstance. The curved, high-aspect ratio fins significantly reduce drag by between 50 and 75 percent whilst sailing, which in turn has a positive impact on fuel consumption. In addition, the fact that the fin is flapping and not rotating at zero speed makes it two to three times more efficient, providing a more stable yacht at anchor and ensuring your helicopter can safely touch down!

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  • 24 mar 2017

    A steady partnership in perfect balance
    A tradition of shipbuilding that spans more than two centuries, the 7th generation now at the helm and Purveyor to the Court of the Netherlands. There are few shipyards that are able to present such a record. Balk Shipyard can. And this is testimony to their tradition in innovation and respect for their roots. A heritage which has driven them to continuously anticipate the requirements of the times and develop effective and agile business strategies. As a result, Balk Shipyard can now call themselves an outstanding, high-quality refit yard. One filled with advanced facilities, the latest equipment and specialized experts covering every aspects of the complete refit.

    In addition to the large investments they have made, it is largely their ‘instinct’ for pioneering, innovative products and developments that has played a crucial role in the success of Balk Shipyard. It is, therefore, not surprising that a certain synergy with DMS Holland has been found and a partnership has been established. With immediate effect, Balk Shipyard is now the first AntiRoll installation facility in Northern Europe. For Balk Shipyard this adds an additional branch to their existing range of refit services. For DMS Holland it means they are able to offer their AntiRoll customers an experienced, highly skilled and high quality installation point.

    DMS Holland - Masters in Stabilisation - is renowned for its innovative systems which have added another dimension to stabilization as we know it. Not only whilst cruising but also at zero-speed. Ground-breaking, innovative and ultimate stabilizing technology together with the sophisticated retractable installation make AntiRoll the unparalleled stabilization system for superyachts. Independent test results from MARIN confirm its unprecedented stability performance on all fronts.

    Branching-Out by Incorporating
    “We reached a decision pretty quickly", explains Daan Balk, CEO of Balk Shipyard. “These are the sort of innovations our customers are looking for. An ideal preferred supplier. In addition, DMS Holland’s service-focused and no-nonsense attitude is absolutely in line with our approach to business. For us, this opportunity to incorporate installation also represents a valuable chance to branch out.”

    Patrick Noor - Director of DMS Holland - speaks along similar lines: "We have always said that the Netherlands is our primary market area. Our DMS-stabilization AntiRoll system does of course have an extensive international appeal but we wanted to start with an installation facility here in the Netherlands first. The high-tech nature of our systems demand a cutting edge partner for installation. In that respect, Balk Shipyard was an easy choice. This shipyard has all the required technical expertise, the logistics and the organizational facilities for a professional installation. And you never know, maybe one day, together with Balk as a Purveyor to the Court, we may get to provide stabilizers to De Groene Draeck.”

    Prince Constantijn : “We need to work together if we want to celebrate success”

    Both partners believe in and fully support further harmonious cooperation amongst companies within the Dutch yacht building industry.

    Daan Balk:
    There is no other country within the yachting industry with such a concentrated amount of specialized yacht builders and suppliers in a radius of approximately 200 kilometers. That has the potential for some serious effectiveness throughout the yachting industry and we, here in the Netherlands, really should be taking advantage of that a lot more.”

    Patrick Noor:
    “There is also still a real lack of awareness of this unique positioning even amongst Dutch clients. You often see Dutch clients themselves opting for foreign shipyards rather than those closer to home. Initially those shipyards seem to be the cheaper option but that often comes at a cost, at the expense of something. Ultimately it is penny wise, pound foolish. In that respect, I agree completely with the words of Prince Constantijn as Special Envoy for StartupDelta: ''We need to work together if we want to celebrate success.”

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  • 14 nov 2017

    METS is the Premier European exhibition of equipment, materials, systems and services for the international leisure craft trade and industry.

    METS is the number one platform for marine products. Meet distributors, dealers, retailers, wholesalers and representatives from the boat building, repair and design sectors in an international environment with visitors from over 90 countries. With at least 150 journalists from the trade press on the look out for news and product stories, the chances for networking are second to none.

    Meet the Dutch Marine Equipment Suppliers in the Superyacht Pavilion Hall 10 and 11 in the two Holland Pavilions. 

    Heritage, Innovation, Creativity… and much more besides await you. Enjoy the Dutch hospitality and share your thoughts with specialists from every area of the Dutch superyacht industry.

    We look forward to seeing you in the HISWA Holland Yachting Group bar to give you all the information you need about our members!

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