Marcel van der Spek - Commercial Director Esthec: "Basically, Esthec’s roots go back to 1964. Two people began developing composites that year because they saw a bright future in the replacement of timber, steel and tar.

15 years after the ambitious start of this Dutch company, their composite material was being applied on large and renowned cruise ships. Another 15 years later half the world’s cruise market wanted nothing but this composite material and another 15 years later more than 75% of the market is dedicated to it. Hundreds of cruise ships daily navigate the both calm and rough seas with the proven certainty of these indestructible, durable decks.

Esthec is a strong and solid material that consists of composites and fillers. Click here to read more about the core.
The success story is far from over. In 2009, Esthec was founded by that same Dutch company. Building on these tested and successful cruise decks, Esthec is a decking material that in aesthetics and material accurately ticks all the boxes for the yacht industry. Not based on traditional standards, but on a sharp focus on the future.

Renew itself
Esthec continues to renew itself and keeps looking for ways to improve our product, our production processes and our application. Our basic principle: we want to do it even better and more economically. In our drive for innovation we are naturally aware of our social responsibility. To act with respect for people and the environment is an important core value. Quality management is another focal point. Sales, application and production have been certified by companies that have been accredited by the Board of Accreditation. Esthec’s certifications include EN-ISO 9001 en EN-ISO 14001."

Choosing Esthec requires a certain amount of progressiveness.  However, our experience tells us: once crazy about Esthec, always crazy about Esthec. Who is next?

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  • 01 jan 1970

    The Young Designer of the Year Award is back with a new challenge and new prizes for an exciting young generation of designers. This highly regarded award, sponsored by long time partner Oceanco, celebrates the original concepts of student and trainee designers from around the globe by tasking them with a realistic client request to challenge their ideas, technical ability and aptitude for delivery. The brief is set to provide valuable and authentic insight into the reality of working as a designer within the superyacht industry. 

    This year’s entrants are tasked with designing a Sail-Assisted Motor Yacht. As the industry becomes more mindful of the effect mankind is having on our planet, it seems fitting that the task should encourage young designers to think about their green footprint as we move towards a more environmentally-friendly future. 

    The winners will be awarded at the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards, which takes place at the end of January 2019 during the Superyacht Design Symposium. The winning designs will be displayed in front of an international audience of superyacht owners, designers and industry leaders. Click here to see last year's winners at the event.

    The winner of the Young Designer of the Year Award title will receive €3,000 cash prize money and a three-month paid internship with partners Oceanco.

    All finalists, chosen by a judging panel drawn from the ranks of the most highly regarded naval architects and yacht designers, are invited to attend the awards and will benefit from a host of incredible opportunities aimed at advancing their early design careers. They will receive complimentary access to the 2019 edition of the Superyacht Design Symposium and an all expenses paid visit to the Oceanco shipyard in Holland. 

    The Annual Young Designers Getaway will also return next year for those entrants who submit material. The event jointly organised by Oceanco, Bolidt and Esthec, creates a relaxed and collaborative atmosphere for the next generation of superyacht designers to freely share ideas with their peers and industry experts alike. Click here to see the highlights from last year's trip. 

    The Creative Breakfast held during the Monaco Yacht Show is open to all those who enter the competition. The event introduces young designers to some of the biggest names in the business, before treating them to an exclusive boat trip to take a closer look at some of the most impressive yachts anchored off Monaco.

    Entries close on Thursday 8 November 2018 and you must be 28 years old or less on the 1 January 2019 to enter. Full T&C's are available online.  

    For more, information please visit 

    Get through this video a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 Young Designer of the Year Awards 



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  • 05 sep 2018

    The HISWA in-water Boat Show, which takes place from 5 to 9 September 2018, confirms its position as the most comprehensive show of its kind in Northern Europe. Around 250 new boats from Dutch and international yards are expected at the docks in Bataviahaven Lelystad. Nowhere else in Europe you can find such a complete overview of Dutch yachtbuilders.

    Basic to luxurious
    The HISWA in-water Boat Show is a fabulous day out for everyone who enjoys the water and beautiful boats. Visitors will get to see the crème de la crème of Dutch and international yachtbuilding. From small to large, series-built or custom, in aluminium, steel or GRP: The show offers an impressively comprehensive overview of some 250 vessels, including dozens of (global) premieres.

    From 5 - 30 metres
    During the HISWA in-water Boat Show the quays of the Bataviahaven will accommodate open sailboats, sailyachts, luxury catamarans, motoryachts, launches, tenders, speedboats and RIBs varying in length from 5 to 30 metres.

    Masters in steel
    Dutch steel yachtbuilders have an excellent global reputation. At the HISWA in-water Boat Show 2018 they will once again reinforce their name for quality with a wide range of innovations and premiers.

    Broad selection of launches and tenders
    The selection of launches, weekenders and tenders is another key segment of the exhibition programme at the HISWA in-water Boat Show. It will offer visitors a range of over 50 models of a large variety of brands.

    Culinairy highlights
    The HISWA in-water Boat Show offers more than boats alone with exhibitors presenting nautical items, clothing and accessories on the quay. Our Restaurant will serve delicious delicacies at its terrace overlooking the Batavia Haven.

    Practical Information

    Opening Hours

    Wedmesday 5 September 10:00 - 18:00
    Thursday 6 September 10:00 - 18:00
    Friday 7 September 10:00 - 20:00
    Saturday 8 September 10:00 - 18:00
    Sunday 9 September 10:00 - 18:00


    Stand numbers HISWA Holland Yachting Group members

    Contest Yachts C-02
    Esthec A-10
    Mulder Shipyard B-18
    Wajer Yachts G-06


    Click here to visit the website of HISWA In-Water Boat Show for more information. 

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