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Visit us at our booth at BOOT Düsseldorf

13 January 2016
From Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st January you'll be very welcome at our stand. You can find us again in The Superyacht Hall 7a at Stand B08 (this is next to the access door to Hall 7)

Christmas Holidays 2015

18 December 2015
We are closed during the Christmas Holidays from Saturday 19 December until Sunday 3 January.

Hanseboot Hamburg 2015

14 October 2015

Bestewind 50 ‘Spindrift’
From Saturday 31 October to Sunday 8 November you will once again find us at the City Sport Hafen in Hamburg. This year we are presenting the latest Bestewind 50 ‘Spindrift’. This is build number 10 from the Bestewind series, and she has just been delivered to her Scottish owner, who has Dutch roots.

Everybody is welcome to view the Bestewind 50 on board. That's what we're at the show for! We would however appreciate it if you could inform us of your visit in advance so that we can take it into account. That can be done by telephone: +31(0)515 233 000 or by email: .

Opening hours
We will be present every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Entry to the yachts in the City Sport Hafen is free, you can use the enclosed free ticket for entry to the Messe.

The best way to get to us is to use the free shuttle buses from the Hanseboot Messe to the harbour. Take the tram in Hamburg and alight at the tram stop "Baumwall' (U-3). If the weather is fine the harbour is in walking distance of about half an hour from the Messe.  The area of the harbor is also very nice to visit with the old Speicherstadt, new and modern HafenCity and the Portuguese Quarters. A walk on the banks of the Elbe is nice break in the day as well.

We look forward to welcoming you!

KM Yachtbuilders with two yachts and new Bestevaer concept at the Hiswa in-water boat show

12 august 2015

Makkum, 9 July 2015 – All shipyards take a 'unique' yacht with them to the Hiswa in-water boat show. But what do we mean by 'unique'? One definition is: “the only one of its kind, unparalleled”.

Bestevaer 49ST Zwarte Raaf

And that certainly describes the Bestevaer 49ST 'Zwarte Raaf'.  There is no second one: it is the only one of its kind. Although there are more 49-foot Bestevaers to be found, no two yachts are ever the same. Each owner has his own requirements: a lifting keel, painted hull, design interior, or back to basics. All of them custom-built yachts, like an Italian tailor-made suit.

We asked the owner of the Zwarte Raaf what his requirements were when he had the yacht built: "Suitable for solo sailing, a tiller, a minimum amount of technology on board, maximum draught of 2.10 metres, with a modern but nautical interior."

The Zwarte Raaf is clearly the smaller sister of the Bestevaer II, the yacht privately owned by designer Gerard Dijkstra. In terms of its design and looks the Zwarte Raaf is virtually identical to its illustrious predecessor. Unpainted, with just anti-slip on the walking areas, a deep, safe cockpit, watertight bulkheads, integrated aluminium bollards and of course a pilot house. An aluminium mast and jib on deck, with cutter rigging.

Koopmans 37 Blikvis

Another unique yacht that KM Yachtbuilders will have on display at the show is a Koopmans 37. This isn't a completely finished yacht, but a 'hull-plus'. The owner came to the shipyard wanting to finish the yacht himself. He did however need our expertise in aluminium construction, specifically for the centreboard keel and yacht legs. Eeuwe Kooi, owner of KM Yachtbuilders: "30 years ago my father himself, also an engineer and inventor, built his yacht 'De Wadloper' (‘The Wad walker’) with yacht legs. This made it possible for the yacht, at a rate of 20 metres an hour, to literally walk across the Wadden Sea flats. These legs provided support when the lifting keel was hauled in and the ship rested on the sand banks. We have taken over this principle in the Koopmans 37. It won't be walking the mud flats, but the legs give the hull stability when the yacht rests on the flats. They can easily be pulled up during sailing.

During the show a superb aluminium hull will be on display, with mast, winches and blocks, but without an interior. This will give visitors the opportunity to see what a plain structure looks like from inside out. After the show the owner will be placing the yacht at his own premises, where he will be completing the carpentry and finishing himself.

Bestevaer 45ST PURE

The latest development at KM Yachtbuilders is the Bestevaer 45ST PURE. Normally, our yachts are fully custom-built with every detail based on the owner's wishes. The PURE will be more of a series yacht. Aspects such as dimensions, deck plan, the location of the bulkheads, layout and styling are fixed.  The owner can still exert a lot of influence over the final design, but not as much as for a custom-built yacht. The PURE philosophy is that it must remain a safe, seagoing and comfortable yacht, just like its custom-built siblings. There are two watertight bulkheads as standard (including for the engine and the rudder), integrated aluminium bollards, a pilot house, sheltered deep cockpit, unpainted hull and a practical interior. There are no unnecessary frills on board, such as 3 wet cells, air conditioning, dishwashers or an expensive teak deck. The name really says it all….

Have we evoked your interest in the new Bestevaer 45ST PURE? We'll be pleased to show you two large impressions of the sail plan, the interior options and of course the options list.  We are currently building the first PURE, called 'Nescio'. It is due for completion at the beginning of next year. Construction on the next Bestevaer 45ST will start in September this year.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hiswa in-water boat show at our stand E.06 from 1 to 6 September! You are of course also welcome to visit our shipyard, or see for our other custom yachts or B2B projects.

Bestevaer 49ST Zwarte Raaf
Length overall 14.97 m

Length waterline 13.72 m

Beam 4.40 m

Draught 2.10 m

Displacement 17.000 kg

Ballast 5.500 kg

Cabins 2 (2x double)

Baths 1


Fuel tank 640 l (2 x 320 l)

Fresh water tanks 800 l (2 x 400 l)

Black water tank 50 l

Koopmans 37 Blikvis
Length overall 11.20 m

Length waterline 10.25 m

Beam 3.80 m

Draught 1.25 – 2.30 m

Displacement 7.000 kg

Ballast 2.700 kg


Fuel tank 160 l

Fresh water tanks 360 l (2 x 180 l)

Black/grey water tank 50 l

Bestevaer 45ST PURE ‘Nescio’
Length overall 14.45 m

Length waterline 13.00 m

Beam 4.05 m

Draught 1.40 - 2.95 m

Displacement 14.000 kg

Ballast 4.700 kg

Cabins 2/3 (2x double bed)

Baths 1


Fuel tank 580 l (2 x 290 l)

Fresh water tanks 460 l (2 x 230 l)

Black water tank 60 l

Open Day KM Yachtbuilders 2015

25 April 2015

SATURDAY 25 APRIL 2015, 10:00 - 16:00 HRS 

Hull building hall

  1. Koopmans 37
  2. Koopmans 49
  3. Tonger 39 - FOR SALE
  4. Rescue vessel
  5. Cutting files Bestevaer 45ST PURE

Finishing hall

  1. Bestewind 50 ‘Bay B Blue’
  2. Bestevaer 50S ‘Stormvogel’
  3. Bestevaer 73S ‘Christoffer’
  4. Tonger 39C ‘Dada Tux’

 Outside (in water or on land)

  1. Bestevaer 49ST ‘Zwarte Raaf’
  2. Bestewind 50 ‘Arearea’ (prev. Kooi Aap)           
  3. Bestevaer 50S ‘Everdina Maria’ - FOR SALE
  4. Bestevaer 53ST ‘Qerst’
  5. Bestevaer 53ST ‘Zeerover’
  6. Bestevaer 53ST 'MKII'
  7. Bestevaer 56ST ‘HannaH’
  8. Stadtship 47 ‘Josephine’
  9. Stadtship 56 ‘Oester’
  10. Stadtship 56 ‘Merrimac’
  11. Stadtship 70 ‘Red Rooster’
  12. Koopmans 45 ‘Shaula’ - FOR SALE
  13. Hereshoff Schooner ‘Mistral’ - FOR SALE
  14. Island Packet 485 ‘Jaywalker’ - FOR SALE


12:00 - Jeremy Wyatt of The World Cruising Club

Jeremy will give a presentation about the beauty of sailing in Scotland, as part of the Malt Cruise, which they organise in addition to more famous events such as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).

14:00 - Wouter Verbraak, sailor and Navigator in the Volvo Ocean Race

Wouter will speak about his experiences on board, team spirit, his plans for the future and how he became a professional sailor.


The following supplies will be showing their products:


  1. ASA Boot Electro BV |
  2. Dykstra Naval Architects |
  3. Eberca |
  4. Exalto |
  5. Esthec |
  6. KVF Stanfit – RVS |
  7. Lankhorst Taselaar |
  8. Mast Jachtschilders |
  9. Navico Marine Electronics |
  10. On Deck |
  11. Pantaenius Jacht Verzekeringen |
  12. UK de Vries Sails |
  13. Xtreme Districts |
  14. Yanmar Motoren |


  1. Rinkelwinkel |
  2. Talisker Whisky proeverij | Facebook pagina | Importeur Diageo
  3. Tesla Motors |
  4. Wijnkapel Makkum | Facebook pagina
  5. Zensa Moda |

We will welcome you with a fresh coffee or tea, and there will be sandwiches and drinks available at the stand of ESB catering.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates regarding the yachts and suppliers.

BOOT Dusseldorf 2015

05 December 2014
Just one month to go, and the biggest water sports exhibition in Europe, BOOT Düsseldorf, will be upon us again.

This is the only exhibition where KMY is only represented with a stand, and not with a ship. You will find our stand in Superyacht Hall 7a, Stand Number B08. It will be easy to find us, as we will be right beside the access door to Hall 7!
The exhibition is from Saturday 17st to Sunday 25th January and is open each day from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. You will find more information about parking, admission prices, route finding, etc. on

Would you like to discuss your ideas and dreams with us? Or do you have any specific questions about aluminium, designers or the building process? Come along and visit us! You can make an appointment via info@kmy.nlor +31(0)515 233 000. We will then set aside time to see you.

Colin Archer Memorial Race

26 May 2014

KM Yachtbuilders will be very well represented at this year's Colin Archer Memorial Race. No fewer than seven yachts built by the shipyard will be taking part in the 17th edition of this race.

The 2-yearly CAM Race will be getting underway on 5 July in Lauwersoog, the Netherlands. During the previous edition in 2012 the Bestewind 50 'Kooi Aap' came top in its class with a sailed time of 44:44 hours.  This gave rise to the idea of taking part with more KMY yachts in the next edition. No fewer than seven KMY yachts will be at the starting line. The race covers approximately 365 miles to the Norwegian Stavern, close to Larvik. A total of around 70 yachts with a length over seven metres will be competing.

KM Yachtbuilders is also one of the main sponsors of the CAM-Race, which is organised entirely by volunteers.

Before the start the yachts will be at a jetty especially reserved for KMY in the outer harbour. You are welcome to come and admire the following KMY yachts there:

·       Bestewind 50  ‘Kooi Aap’

·       Bestevaer 49ST ‘Katharos’

·       Bestevaer 53ST ‘Zeerover’

·       Bestevaer 56ST ‘HannaH’

·       Stadtship 56  ‘Oester’

·       Stadtship 56  ‘Merrimac’

 Stadtship 47 'Josephine'

There will also be a KMY jetty available for the participating yachts on arrival in Stavern.  All seven yachts are expected to arrive on Monday. On Tuesday evening a barbecue will be organised for the KMY participants, after which everyone will be going their own way on Wednesday.

08 May 2014

02 May 2014

Open Day 19 April 2014

19 February 2014

Visit our Open Day!

We cordially invite you to be our guest during our Open Day on Saturday 19 April 2014. We open up our halls for anyone who is curious to see what we do. We have 7 yachts under construction and about 17 finished yachts to show.

WHEN: Saturday 19th April 2014
TIME: 10.00 - 16.00 hrs
WHO: Anyone with an interest in aluminium, custom-built sailing yachts and refits!
WHERE: KM Yachtbuilders/KM Yachtservices, De Stienplaat 7, 8754 HE in Makkum (Holland).

LECTURE by Jimmy Cornell 


Available yachts

Hull building hall
1)    Bestevaer 62ST
2)    Bestevaer 56ST
3)    Rescue vessels
Finishing hall
3)    Bestevaer 66ST
4)    Bestevaer 73S
Outside (afloat or ashore)
2)    Bestewind 50 ‘Abel T’ | FOR SALE          
4)    Bestevaer 50S ‘Stormvogel’
9)    Bestevaer 54ST ‘Maaike Saadet’
11)  Stadtship 47 ‘Josephine’
16)  Dick Zaal ‘Blauwe Juffer’
Jimmy Cornell has sailed around the world 3 times, is founder of several sailing rallies such as the well-known Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) and has given hundreds of lectures. He has written many books about cruising, planning, new destinations and being on board for longer periods of time. During our Open Day he will also talk about the advantages of aluminum yachts for long haul cruising to high latitudes.
His presentations will take place at 12:00 hrs and at 14:00 hrs. Before and afterwards you can find Mr Cornell in his ‘Cornell Corner’ where he will have more information about his voyages, his books and the cruising rallies he organizes.


The following suppliers will be showing their products:

•       ASA Electronics |
•       Boot Akkrum |
•       Colin Archer Memorial Race |
•       Cuno |
•       Eberca |
•       Esthec/Drievoud |
•       Holland Nautic |
•       Jan Hofstede Rigging |
•       KVF Stanfit – Stainless Steel |
•       Lava Shoes and Accessoires |
•       Lankhorst Taselaar |
•       Pantaenius Yacht Insurance |
•       Rinkelwinkel |
•       UK de Vries Sails |
•       Wine Chapel Makkum | Facebook pagina
•       Yanmar Engines |
We will welcome you with a fresh coffee or tea, and there will be sandwiches and drinks available.
Our UK agents, North Sea Maritime Yacht Sales will also be at the Open Day.

04 February 2014

Bestevaer 53ST under construction

06 December 2013


 Makkum, 5 december 2013 – This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Bestevaer 53ST ever built, commissioned by designer Gerard Dijkstra himself. This week, K&M began the construction of a new Bestevaer 53ST, the seventh of this length within the range of Bestevaer yachts with a upright stem (ST).

This will bring the number of Bestevaer STs afloat to 17, in lengths varying from 45 to 66 feet. Besides the new 53ST, another two ST yachts are currently under construction at K&M; a 49ST and 66ST.

The German owner had taken a good look at the existing Bestevaer yachts and therefore knew exactly what he did and did not want on board his ship. He saw a deep and safe cockpit, pilot house and water ballast system on board most ships, and these were features he himself wanted on board.

Like many aluminium K&M ships, this ship's hull is left unpainted. The walking surfaces on deck have a non-slip paint coating and the only teak on board is on the cockpit benches, coaming and floor. No rudder post steering this time around, but a steering wheel instead.

The use of aluminium, wood and unvarnished materials segregates the pilot house styling from that of the living interior. In turn, this interior has a modern design without mouldings or trimmings.

The living area naturally features a well equipped galley, spacious salon and day toilet. The guest cabin can be found underneath the pilot house, while the en-suite master cabin is forward. The bow is made from extra thick aluminium (10 mm instead of 6 mm).

This will be the first MKII version to be built. In the 10 years that the Bestevaer 53ST has been afloat, developments and technology in yacht building have not stood still. Just like in the automobile industry, it is important to occasionally review existing designs in detail in order to recognise opportunities for improvement, especially when market demands are also evolving.

The Bestevaer 53ST was designed as a tough and practical ship with a classic look, simple to sail with a small crew, low in maintenance, suitable for cold regions and of course offering perfect sailing characteristics and behaviour.

All Bestevaer yachts are designed by Dykstra Naval Architects in Amsterdam and built exclusively by K&M Yachtbuilders in Makkum. The shipyard has all the necessary facilities to keep the yacht in Makkum, from shell to launching, rather than it having to be transported between locations.

‘TULIP’ to compete in Superyacht Cup Palma

11 June 2013

Makkum, 11 June 2013 – The 88 foot long 'TULIP' built by K&M Yachtbuilders will be one of the 19 competitors in the annual Superyacht Cup Palma, to be held this year from 19 to 22 June on Palma de Mallorca.

Although the 'Tulip' is the largest yacht built by K&M so far, it is one of the smaller participants in the Superyacht Cup Palma. The yacht is certainly a force to be reckoned with however, as can be read on the website of the Cup:  The latest yacht to register is the new modern-classic 26m Tulip, designed by German Frers and built by K&M Yachtbuilders in Holland. Tulip was launched in the Autumn 2012 and with her lightweight interior and carbon rig is likely to be a competitive entry.”

The world's most spectacular yachts will convene in Palma de Mallorca marina over the coming weeks.  The 5 participating J class yachts will compete in their own race on the 19th, after which all the yachts will compete for the Cup. With a view to the varying sizes of the competitors, the yachts have been divided into two groups in order to give all participants an equal chance.

K&M would like to wish the 'Tulip' and its crew good luck and great fun during the races!

Bestevaer 53ST Ancora Hanseboot

13 May 2013

The Bestevaer 53ST “SUSE” will be exhibited at the Hanseboot Ancora Boat Show to be held in two weeks' time, from 24-26 May. The event is located in the town of Neustadt in Holstein (on the Baltic Sea), an hour's drive north of Hamburg.

The designer of the Bestevaer 53ST yachts, Gerard Dykstra, founder of Dykstra Naval Architects, may well have largely retired from his architectural agency by now, but he is still very much involved in the development and design of sailing yachts. The ‘SUSE’ was inspired by his own private yacht for example, also an aluminium Bestevaer 53ST, built by K&M Yachtbuilders.

The Bestevaer 53ST is a fine example of how ocean and racing sailor Dykstra has designed and built his own ideal yacht; a deep and safe cockpit, a pilot house to shelter and stay dry when sailing in bad weather conditions, lines leading to the cockpit and a long water line and deep keel for excellent sailing performance.

The Bestevaer 53ST ‘SUSE’ will certainly stand out in Neustadt harbour, with its partially black painted aluminium hull and green non-slip walking surfaces. It has a beautiful carbon mast on deck, and a rudder post in the cockpit.

The interior is light and open. White surfaces, mahogany cupboards and a 'beamed ceiling' all give it a classic modern look, while the coloured furnishings add a homely touch. The front cabin has two separate berths. Behind it, we find the bathroom with toilet. Opposite this, there is a separate berth. The kitchen is kitted with all possible conveniences of course and the saloon has a large table in the lounge area. The favourite spot on board is still the pilot house, thanks to its open views all round and contact with fellow sailors outdoors and below. There is another small bunk under the pilot house, the best place to nap while on watch.

Particulars:           Carbon mast, rudder post, partially painted hull, swimming platform, pilot house, ‘Lazy Rack’ on boom, electric winches, central heating, small diesel heater, generator.


Open Day 2013

25 March 2013

Saturday 20 april

10.00 - 16.00 hrs

K&M Yachtbuilders/Kooi Makkum, De Stienplaat 7, 8754 HE in Makkum (Holland).

Anyone with an interest in :

• aluminium custom-built sailing yachts
• semi-custom GRP Bestewind yachts
• brokerage yachts
• refit or maintenance work


Hull building hall:

• Bestevaer 66ST ‘Anabel’
• German 39C

Finishing hall:
• Bestevaer 73S ‘Christopher'                         FOR SALE

• Bestevaer 49ST ‘Dondersteen’
• Bestewind 50 ‘Umiak’
• Axonite 69 ‘Axonite’

• Stadtship 58 ‘music’

• Several refit projects


• 88ft 'TULIP'
• Stadtship 56 ‘Merrimac’
• Bestevaer 56ST 'Hannah'

• Bestevaer 54ST ‘Maaike Sedaat’
• Bestevaer 53ST ‘Suse’
• Bestevaer 53ST ‘Qerst’

• Bestevaer 53ST 'Zeerover'
                         FOR SALE
• Bestevaer 50S ‘Everdina Maria’            FOR SALE
• Bestewind 50 'Kooi Aap'
                         FOR SALE
• Bestewind 50 'Princess of Tides'

• Bestewind 50 'Krabat
• Bestewind 50 'Abel T.'

• Bestewind 50 ‘Dockside’

• Icon 48 ‘Leeloo'

Koopmans Concord 45 'Shaula' FOR SALE


12:00 Mr. Marnix Hoekstra from the well-known Vripack Design office will talk about high latitude sailing.
14:00 Mrs. Leonie Kok will show and tell about her world trip with an aluminium sailing yacht she made with her husband and their young kids. 

Both lectures will be held in English

The following suppliers will be showing their products:

 - Asa Boot Electro

- Cuno

- Esthec
- Holland Nautic
- Kuipers Insurance
- KVF Stanfit
- On Deck

- Pyrasied
- Silerswaar clothing
- Yanmar Engines


ESB Catering will take of drinks and snacks.

New design: Axonite 57

12 February 2013
The Axonite 57, a perfect combination of performance and comfort!

K&M Yachtbuilders, Satellite Yacht Design and Guido de Groot Design present the Axonite 57. These three companies are respectively responsible for the building, design and styling of the yacht. At the end of 2010, the Axonite 69 was launched in Makkum, and now the companies developed a smaller version in the line of Axonites.

The result is a 57-footer, with the same design criteria and entirely designed in the same style like the Axonite 69. Here the focus is also on sailing and comfort. The ratio between the sail area and displacement is optimized by applying a retractable T-keel, with a variable draft of 2.90-1.40 meter and 1750 litre water ballast per side.

The choice to keep the cockpit as low as possible is made so the crew can move themselves safely at sea. This is further enhanced by fastening the mainsheet on a roll bar so there is no obstacle between the deck salon and the steering position. To move safely on deck, a bulwark is created. The permanent cockpit table offers a good grip during sailing and a cozy place in the port or at anchorage.

In the deck salon is a spacious settee in U-shape and the chart table. During sailing in bad weather the deck salon, with a full view around, is a safe and comfortable place to stay.
The spacious owner's cabin is located in the fore ship. The two spacious guest cabins have a double- and a bunk bed. The U-shaped galley is located underneath the front windows of the deck salon and is light and spacious. In the fore ship is a head with separate shower and the day head is located in the deck salon.

The engine room is located under the deck salon with space for the main engine, a generator, water maker and other technique. The hydraulic transom door is a wonderful bathing platform and also provides access to the dinghy storage.

The Axonite 57 is also available with alternative keel versions and lay outs. At the moment, the design team is also developing a 90 foot Axonite.

BOOT Dusseldorf 2013

09 January 2013

It is that time of year again! BOOT Dusseldorf is about to start. It would be our pleasure to meet you at our stand in Hall 7a, B08. As you can see from the picture above, we are not there with a yacht but with a booth showing several scale models and presenting photo's and drawings.

The show will be held from Saturday January 19th. - Sunday January 27th. Daily opening times are from 10:00 - 18:00 hrs.

For more info on the show please visit their website

Please send us an e-mail if you would like to schedule in a meeting during the show, to discuss your ideas and wishes for your dreamyacht. You can reach us at or call us +31(0)515 233 000.

Hanseboot 2012

05 October 2012

As every year you will find us again at the Internationale Bootsmesse Hamburg, also known as Hanseboot! The latest De  Bestevaer 53ST 'Suse' will be available for viewing. We are not in the Halls (Messe) but are in the cozy City Sport Hafen right on the river Elbe. Besides us, you can also visit yachts from Oyster Yachts, Contest Yachts, Hanse Yachts and Gunfleet. The classic schooner 'Mistral' (For sale) will also be present in the harbor.

City Sport Hafen is easy to reach with the U-bahn (underground). When exiting at stop Baumwall you will have the harbor in view. After visiting the yachts for Hanseboot, you could also enjoy a roundtrip on a boat through Hamburg. Or take a tour on board the historic Cap San Diego which is moored next to the harbor. A stroll through the new harbor area is also nice to do. The combination of old warehouses and new modern buildings is wonderful to see. The huge new Elbe Philharmonica building is also a very prominent feature.

Hanseboot 2012
Sat. 27 Oct - Sun. 04 Nov.
Everyday 10:00 - 18:00 hrs

Please send us an e-mail if you would like to visit the Bestevaer 53ST 'Suse' during Hanseboot.

Open Day 21 April 2012

23 February 2012
This list is updated regularly!

WHEN? Saturday 21 april

TIME? 10.00 - 16.00 hrs
WHO? Anyone with in interest in aluminium custom-built sailing yachts!
WHERE? K&M Yachtbuilders/Kooi Makkum, De Stienplaat 7, 8754 HE in Makkum (Holland).

Hull building hall:
1) Stadtship 58 'music'
2) Bestevaer 49ST 'Rih Malti'

Finishing hall:
1) German Frers 88ft 'Tulip'
2) Bestevaer 73S ‘Christopher' FOR SALE
3) Bestevaer 53ST 'Suse'
4) Bestewind 50 'Krabat'

1) Bestevaer 56ST 'Hannah'
2) Bestevaer 55ST ‘Pilgrim'
3) Bestevaer 55ST ‘Morning Haze'
4) Bestevaer 53ST 'Zeerover'
5) Bestevaer 49ST 'Katharos'
6) Bestevaer 45ST 'Africa'
7) Stadtship 70 'Red Rooster'
8) Stadtship 56 ‘Oester'
9) Stadtship 56 ‘Merrimac'
10) Bestewind 50 'Kooi Aap'
11) Bestewind 50 'Olivia'
12) Bestewind 50 'Abel T.'
13) Icon 48 ‘Leeloo'
14) Traditional Frisian Skutsje 'Zes Gebroeders'

12:00 Mister Gerard Dykstra will talk about the developments in the design of the Bestevaer 53ST, a yacht he not only designed but also owns.
14:00 The de Mol Family will show and tell about their world trip with the Bestewind 50 'Abel T.' they took with their young kids.

Will be present with different examples of his interior design for the Opus 68 'Helene'. He will tell a lot about the use of natural materials, colors and details to make a yacht feel like a home. His interiors can also be used in a Bestevaer, Stadtship or Axonite.

The following suppliers will be showing their products:
- Yanmar Engines
- Esthec
- Harken
- KVF Stanfit (stainless steel)
- Cuno
- RayMarine

The nautical clothing store 'Zilt' will be here to sell her clothing and accessories.
Jurjen Catering will take care of drinks and small snacks at the yard.

Visit us at BOOT Dusseldorf

18 December 2011
Just one month to go, and the biggest water sports exhibition in Europe, BOOT Düsseldorf, will be upon us again.

This is the only exhibition where K&M is only represented with a stand, and not with a ship. You will find our stand in Superyacht Hall 7a, Stand Number B08. It will be easy to find us, as we will be right beside the access door to Hall 7!
Would you like to visit us to discuss your ideas and requirements? Or do you have any specific questions about aluminium, designers or the building process? Come along and visit us! You can make an appointment via info@kmy.nlor +31(0)515 233 000. We will then set aside time to see you.
The exhibition is from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th January and is open each day from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. You will find more information about parking, admission prices, route finding, etc. on

Bestewind 50: Winner of Yacht of the Year?
On the first Saturday of BOOT Düsseldorf we will find out whether the Bestewind 50 has been chosen as European Yacht of the Year! It is all very exciting.
After the Hiswa te Water exhibition in IJmuiden, various journalists from European water sports magazines have sailed with the Bestewind 50 and the other nominated ships. When they were on board they were very positive - in spite of the bad weather - so we are hopeful.
At our YouTube channel you can watch two videos which were made during the test voyage with 50-knot gusts!
Video 1
Video 2

K&M Yachtbuilders and Dykstra & Partners; a trusted combination.

13 august 2011

The trade fair season is nearly upon us, and at K&M Yachtbuilders we are busy preparing ourselves. This year three trade fairs are in the diary, where K&M will only represent designs by Dykstra & Partners.

Båter I Sjøen 1 - 4 September 2011, Oslo (Sandvika)
The first one is the in-water boat show in Oslo, Båter I Sjøen, held in Sandvika, where K&M will proudly present the new Bestevaer 56ST "HannaH" to the public. Among the many polyester boats, this aluminium yacht will be a crowd puller. Her marine-blue hull and the pilot house with its traditional look will certainly catch the eye. The show will be held from 1-4 September 2011.

Hiswa te water 6-11 September 2011, Amsterdam (IJmuiden)
This is, of course, immediately followed by the wet Hiswa. Here we will show off as many as three yachts. The Bestevaer 45ST "Voyager" is the smallest Bestevaer we have built so far. K&M built two larger Bestevaers for the owner in the past, but he now wanted something smaller. This ship attracted a lot of attention in the past year during the building process, so we expect that it will also get many visitors during the trade fair.

The larger sister of the Bestevaer 45ST, the new Bestevaer 55ST "Pilgrim", will be moored at stand E-12. A spacious, beautiful but also practical ship, built entirely according to the owner's wishes. The water ballast, for instance, ensures comfortable sailing, while the crew is sitting safely in the deep cockpit.

The Bestewind 50 has been nominated for European Boat of the Year in the Luxury Cruiser category this year. Quite an honour! Inspired by Gerard Dijkstra's own Bestevaer 53ST, this GRP yacht was developed a number of years ago. Its major advantages are, again, the pilot house and the ship's spaciousness, with a headroom of nearly 2 metres.

A representative of the architects firm Dykstra & Partners will be present at K&M's stand every day.

Hanseboot 29 October - 6 November, Hamburg
At Hanseboot you will, of course, find K&M in the harbour rather than in the halls. K&M will present the Bestevaer 55ST "Morning Haze". This is another 55-feet yacht, but this one has a lift keel. The "Morning Haze" has also been built and styled according to the customer's requirements, and is therefore also different from the other Bestevaers. It has, for instance, a longer pilot house, and the cockpit has been moved further to the back.
UPDATE: Due to unforseen circomstances we will be showing the latest Bestewind 50. She has been nominated for European ánd Hiswa Boat of the Year!

In short, if you fancy visiting a ship built by K&M, you would be very welcome on board!

Bestewind 50 Yacht of the Year?

06 July 2011

Proud! That is what we are at the moment.The Bestewind 50 has been nominated for European Yacht of the Year 2012!

 In the 'Luxury Cruiser' segment we will have to 'take on' the Amel 64, the Beneteau Sense 50, the Hallberg Rassy 64 and the Oyster 625.

Each year, the editors of 11 European sailing magazines select different yachts in different segments. Following the Hiswa in Water Boat Show and the Barcelona Boat Show, the yachts will be extensivly sailed and tested by the judges. During Boot Dusseldorf in January the winners will be announced. Of course, we would be thrilled if the Bestewind 50 woud win, but we are honoured to have been nominated in the first place.

K&M turns biggest hull ever

26 May 2011
De Stienplaat 7 in Makkum, Friday morning May 20th, 08.30 hrs. Two big mobile cranes arrive to turn the hull of the 88 foot ‘Tulip'. The hull builders of K&M Yachtbuilders have already spent a whole day making preparations.
The supports have been cut out and the hull has been raised with the gantry crane and is now waiting on the boat carrier. The front is already protruding out of the hall.

At 09.00 the mobile crane is ready and the yacht is moved outside. Owing to its length of over 26 metres, a small part of the stern remains in the hull construction hall and the stem protrudes over the road, into the reed border. The cranes raise her off the boat carrier and there it is: a 13-ton hull suspended on four belts about the ground.

The cranes do their work and slowly the yacht begins to move. She turns slowly in the belts. ‘What a spectacular sight. Marvellous!' cries the proud owner. Passers-by also stop and take photographs. It takes just 20 minutes to turn the hull completely around, and now it is ‘standing' upright. The mobile cranes place her gently back on the boat carrier. One of the cranes stops to pick up the keel casing for the hydraulic raising keel, which is lowered from the top into the middle of the vessel. Once that is done, it is driven back inside. The yacht's elegant lines can now be clearly seen: a modern underwater hull, with a straight bow and leaning stern.

The ‘Tulip' was designed by German Frers Naval Architects of Argentina. This is the biggest yacht that K&M Yachtbuilders has built to date. Eeuwe Kooi, owner of K&M; "The‘Tulip' is a tremendous project for us! Not just because it's our biggest yacht so far, but also because we are working intensively in partnership with German Frers and the yacht owner. Personal and open contact with all parties is very important: that's how you get the best results. In the summer of 2012 a beautiful yacht will be taking to the water in Makkum, something everyone can be proud of."

Now that the hull has been turned, the final preparations will be made before it is moved to the finishing hall. Once it arrives there a start will be made with the technical installation, the insulation of the hull, the fitting of the interior, spraying of the hull and so on.

Preliminary design for Bestevaer 53ST

27 April 2011
The first Bestevaer 53ST of Gerard Dijkstra himself in 2003 clearly set a trend. This week K&M Yachtbuilders is able to report that it has sold a preliminary design for a new Bestevaer 53ST.

The owner has already confirmed that he definitely wants to have the yacht built this year, which takes the counter to 6 Bestevaers with a length of 53 feet and an upright stem. That takes the total to 13 Bestevaer STs on the water. The size ranges from 45 to 56 feet.

During a visit to the shipyard in Makkum the owner was able to view several yachts and found that the Bestevaer 53ST was the closest in keeping with his requirements. He saw a deep, safe cockpit, pilot house and water ballast system on most of the yachts, and these are the applications he wanted on board himself. ‘When sailing, this raises comfort on board to such an extent that these options are in fact indispensable for me. Another point that appealed to me straight away was the option of sailing with a tiller. That evokes a certain amount of nostalgia, but I also find direct steering and the feel with the yacht very important.'

The initial navigation area will mainly be northern Germany, Scandinavia and Great Britain, but there are also plans to go on longer voyages. And that will certainly not be a problem for the Bestevaer 53ST!

Yachts Open Day

10 February 2011
WHEN? Saturday 16 april
TIME? 10.00 - 16.00 hrs
WHO? Anyone with in interest in aluminium custom-built sailing yachts!
WHERE? K&M Yachtbuilders at the De Stienplaat 7 in Makkum (Friesland in Holland).

Hull building hall:
1) German Frers 88ft ‘Tulip'
2) Stadtship 54 (preparation)

Finishing hall:
1) Bestevaer 73S ‘Christopher' FOR SALE
2) Bestevaer 55ST ‘Pilgrim'
3) Bestevaer 55ST ‘Morning Haze'
4) Bestevaer 45ST 'Voyager'
5) Axonite 69 'Axonite 69' (not accessible)
6) Icon 48 ‘Leeloo'
7) Bestewind 50
8) Sloep 'Bestewind' FOR SALE

1) Classic Schooner ‘Mistral' FOR SALE
2) Bestevaer 49ST ‘Katharos'
3) Bestevaer 49ST 'No Name'
4) Bestevaer 53ST ‘Qerst' (ex Alice)
5) Bestevaer 53ST ‘Zeerover'
6) Bestevaer 53ST ‘Maaike Saadet'
7) Bestevaer 65S ‘Lady Ann' FOR SALE
8) Stadtship 56 ‘Oester'
9) Stadtship 56 ‘Merrimac'
10) Koopmans 47 ‘Bower Bird'

12:00 hrs Mr Koen van Esch will talk about his Transat 6,50 journey. It took him -solo- from France to Brazil in three weeks. Listen to his stories and enjoy the photo's and film.

14:00 hrs Mr Kees Verruijt is the owner of the Stadtship 56 Merrimac, which is also outside. He will explain about his search for the perfect solution for navigation and control equipment on board.

There will be a concession stand for drinks and small snacks at the yard. The nautical clothing store 'Zilt' will be there also to sell clothing and accessories.

The following companies will also have Open Day in Makkum:
Gebroeders van Enkuizen

Van Malsen Jacht- en Interieurbetimmering

First pile driven for new offices K&M

03 January 2011
The first pile has been driven today! The offices of K&M and Kooi Makkum are being updated. Due to rapid growth of the companies, this was necessary. On the ground floor new offices will arrise, and on the top floor will be a new meeting room. On the right a rendering of the new facade.