Boat shows in 2018

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Boat shows in 2018


Gebroeders van Enkhuizen will have a busy year participating in Boat Shows.

The market is on the rise and this is the moment to take the stage.
After our 25th anniversary in September 2017, where we reflected on where we came from, we will now focus fully on the future.

Boot Düsseldorf 20-28 January 2018 

We will start the year by participating in world’s largest boat and water sports fair: Boot Düsseldorf. We usually attend with a ship, but we have now set up an information booth in Hall 7A. We will express what we stand for and show what yachts we have built with passion. We are always proud of the final result and, not to forget, so are our clients.
Yachts usually speak for themselves, but this time we will need to translate our passion into words and images.

We will try to promote the existing Noordkaper range and the Sossego Yachts in Düsseldorf by presenting a lot of images and information. We will also show our new Enk-Yachts range. We want to express our ideas about them.
Lobke van Enkhuizen has studied the possibilities of shared yacht ownership and the ‘Buy & Charter’ concept in the past year. She is enthusiastic and can inform you about the possibilities, including a complete service concept and the fiscal options.

We have chosen for a booth in Hall 7A, next to the ‘Super Yachts hall’. This hall hosts a lot of custom-built yacht builders and we will be right at home there.

HISWA te Water 5-9 September 2018 Bataviahaven Lelystad

We will attend the HISWA te Water, held in Lelystad for the first time, with a Noordkaper 46 GT in September 2018. We are very curious about what the organisers of the HISWA te Water will set up. It is a great location and we are confident.

We believe that we, as Dutch yacht builders, must combine our strengths more often and this Dutch boat show offers a unique chance to do so. The HISWA te Water will host more Dutch yacht builders presenting their products than any other event. It deserves our focus and attention.

Dutch yacht builders have a good reputation abroad. We can see superyacht builders successfully promoting themselves abroad with their efforts combined in the HHYG (Hiswa Holland Yachting Group) and making a serious name for Dutch yacht builders.
It is now time for us, as smaller yards, to follow this example and this perfectly suits the idea of the HISWA te Water.
We will be present in Lelystad in September to proudly show our Noordkaper 46 GT.
It has become a very spacious and beautiful ship which has proven itself in terms of comfort and sailing. It has become a true Gebroeders van Enkhuizen product.

Yachting Festival Cannes 11-16 September 2018

September will be a busy fair month as we will attend Yachting Festival Cannes in Southern France from 11 to 16 September 2018 with the Sossego Comfort 22 together with Van der Valk Maritiem.

My French is poor, so I hope they speak some English.
Cannes is the place to be for a yacht like the Sossego Comfort 22. It will certainly be in its element and we expect a lot of visits and attention.
This will be the first time that Gebroeders van Enkhuizen attends this boat show and we are very curious about what we will encounter. The product certainly offers the recipe for a successful event; the Sossego Comfort 22 looks fantastic and has already proven to handle amazingly on the water.

We are currently looking at options for using the Sossego Comfort 22 ‘Falcon’ as a charter ship on the southern coast of France for single or multi-day trips and only with skipper, of course. It is a special ship and you need to know what you are doing when sailing at 35 knots.

We are looking forward to this year

We are certainly looking forward to this year. First Düsseldorf and then a busy season with ships returning to the water from mid-March, the new construction of the Wagenborg quick express ferry, installation work, and the regular maintenance jobs on the Yanmar engines and small commercial ships. Once the ferry has been completed in March 2018, we will immediately start with the completion of a Waterdream 65’ California, a 19-metre luxury fast-driven motor yacht commissioned by Waterdream.
September will be a busy fair month and we are very curious about the new location in Lelystad and the reception of the Sossego Comfort 22 in the waters of southern France.
2018 will be a busy, exciting but mainly also a fun year.
We are looking forward to it!

With kind regards,
Ronald C. van Enkhuizen


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2017 is going to be a special year because we celebrate our 25th anniversary in September 2017.
At such a moment we look back and, fortunately, we look ahead.

We started as a small company, a space of 7 by 7 meters was big enough for workshop and office
all-in one. Something you can’t imagine if you see our company nowadays. Our company has been a true family business from the beginning and that’s always gone well, though the group of employees is much larger now than the number of family members.

From a small yacht service company we have grown into a fairly large watersports company but we have never forgotten our roots, we are still doing yacht service and yacht installations for our customers and other yards.

In 1999 our company has increased considerably by acquiring Jachtwerf Smits on the Strânwei in Makkum. We were so stubborn we thought we knew everything better to build complete yachts ourselves. We chose to build the Noordkaper sailing yachts, it’s a great ship with a beautiful design and a lot of potential to make something special out of it. Not simply do the job according to the drawings but add that little bit extra what makes us unique, a Noordkaper build by  Gebroeders van Enkhuizen is clearly recognizable. It does not only looks good, but everything functions well too. That is exactly how we are and what we expect from others working within our company; not only do what you need to do, but do it with passion and make something beautiful out of it!
Nevertheless the Dutch yacht building industry is  world renowned for its craftsmanship and high quality.

In addition to the Noordkaper sailing yachts we promote other models as well, by the good cooperation with Van der Valk Maritiem we build the fast modern Sossego Motor Yachts.
We also have installed a 24 m aluminium sailing yacht Truly Classic and a 60 foot Gerard Dijkstra design. We currently install a 19 x 9 meter catamaran at N. Dijkstra in Harlingen.

The last few years were good, the adjustments in our business operations in the lean years have meant that we now grow in size and ambitions.
At the moment we focus more and more on the changing market and foreign countries.
People want more comfort and less care, it should be easier. The experience seems to be more important than owning a yacht. As a company, but also as Chairman of the Board of the HISWA Yacht Building Industry Association we ensure that we are ready for this new trend. Now there is a reliable HISWA Boatshare Agreement where multiple people can possess one boat together. We are excited about this concept and offer a service package to ensure that the use of the yacht by its various owners goes well with a comprehensive maintenance package for the ship.

The yachts being built nowadays already offer much comfort but our engineers have come up with  many new developments. Consider, for example, facilitating the maneuver much easier or the  construction we developed to make it easier to come on board and we have more ingenious plans. In our new line Enk-Yachts many of these innovations are included.
Currently we are working on a dealer network for our Enk-Yachts so our ships also can be sold in other parts of the world.


As you can see, we go forward energetically and with confidence. We have done this for 25 years and hopefully there will be many beautiful years to come. The family Van Enkhuizen is excited, the next generation will be ready to continue the company at the moment we and the company are ready for it.

Ronald C. van Enkhuizen

Makkum, January 2017

Blog trip Sossego Comfort 22 to Ancora Boatshow May 2016

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Sossego Comfort 22 at Ancora in-water Boat Show 27-29 May 2016

After the HISWA in-water Boat Show 2015 we showed the Sossego Comfort 22 to the public at Ancora in-water Boat Show from 27 until 29 May in Neustad in Holstein (Germany). There were many visitors. We hope for the same high amount of interest during our next boat show; the HISWA in-water Boat Show 2016 in Amsterdam Marina from Tuesday 30 August up to Sunday 4 September 2016.

The Ancora in-water Boat Show started as a local boat show, but nowadays all the big names are represented.
Besides our Sossego Comfort 22 there were lots of other fast motor yachts represented. For us this is a very interesting boat show because of its location. Neustad in Holstein is nearby Scandinavia, a very good sailing area for the Sossego Comfort 22.

From our own harbor in Makkum the Sossego Comfort 22 sailed to Neustad in Holstein and experienced the first touch with salt water. The North Sea led us to Brunsbuttel. Because of the maximum speed of 8 knots we had to sail slowly from Brunsbuttel to Kiel via the Kiel Canal. After the Kiel Canal we were able to increase the speed again.
It takes 280 miles to sail from Makkum to Neustad in Holstein. There are three locks to pass through. The good weather forecast on the day of departure (25th of May) motivated us to do the trip in one day.

It had been a while I made a similar trip. I have sailed the Kiel Canal many times with several sailing yachts and when I was younger as a sailor on a merchantrade ship.
I needed to refresh my knowledge, the internet helped a lot it was easy to find the special rules of the Kiel Canal.

The trip to Neustad in Holstein

We left in the early morning of May 25th 2016. The first lock was Kornwerderzand. When we sailes in the Makkumer Diep we called the lock keeper by VHF we were coming. It helped the lock was already open when we arrived, so this went smoothly. At 6am we left the locks of Kornwerderzand and sailed into the salt Wadden Sea. Via the Wadden- and the North Sea we sailed to the next lock at Brunsbuttel. Unfortunately we did not spot the Koegelwieck (the fast ferry of Rederij Doeksen) that we would like to catch up. The Wadden Sea was flat and quiet, but passing Vlieland the sea became quite rough for a while.
The yacht has a lot of comfort, the two cockpit seats were very pleasant during the trip. We passed busy sail areas, it was good to have four eyes on the water. There are two 15 inches Raymarine glassbridge displays on board of the Sossego Comfort 22. We have used those displays the whole trip for detail information and complete overview.


We sailed to the east near to the big waterways because there is not much shipping traffic. In addition we sailed around the anchorage area. This ensured calmness, tranquility and little oncoming trafifc on the North Sea, time for coffee and a snack!

We arrived at the locks of Brunsbuttel at 1pm. The lock was already open, good luck again. We seem to get our goal and arrive in Neustad in Holstein in one day.

In the Kiel Canal the maximum speed is eight knots, this is very slow compared with the speed we sailed at sea. When we eventually got used to the slow speed, we were able to enjoy the surroundings. We saw some beautiful mega yachts at the yard of Lürsen just beyond Rendsburg. The absence of the hanging ferry at Rendsbrug, was a little disappointing. You see this river crossing very often at pictures of the Kiel Canal. A little bit further, we saw the ferry on the quay, for some repair, or a pension? I do not know.

We went on to Kiel, the little locks for the yachts were out of order so we had to go into the locks with the commercial shipping. The locks were empty, lucky again.
At 7pm we left the locks. We needed to sail slowly, there were sailing contests in the Bay of Kiel. At 7.30pm we sailed on the Baltic Sea, and increased the speed up to 32 knots. The sea was quite calm. We passed a big ship, what turned out to be the coastguard. We waved friendly but the man on deck was not amused. Not much later we heard: “Dutch motor yacht Falcon, coastguard here”. We obeyed and went to the VHF channel that was requested. The coastguard let to us know that the maximum speed is 8 knots after the bridge of Fehrmann …..oops, our 25 knots was a little bit over the top. Fortunately, they were in a good mood, we only got a reprimand. I think they were in such a good mood, because the Netherlands did not join the European football tournament.
The sun went down, it is not pleasant to enter a harbor in the darkness so we speeded up to 32 knots after the buoy.

We did it! At 10pm we entered the Ancora Marina. It is a very modern and beautiful harbor in a very big watersport area. The harbor has big boxes, but the space to the other side was very limited for our yacht. The Falcon is equipped with a 3 dimensional steering joystick which controls the bow thruster, the stern and the engines. This, in combination with the camera’s on board, makes it easy to maneuver. A lot of people were flabbergasted that the ship fitted between the poles.

The visitors really appreciated our craftsmanship. Our presence was appreciated, apparently it was rare to have people on board who actually have built the boat. The big difference between the Ancora boat show and Dutch boat shows is the presence of importers. In the watersport area of Ancora are more importers than yachtbuilders. In Dutch boat shows are more little yards represented. The visitors did not expect that our yacht could sail 36 knots, there were a lot of surprised faces. As proud builders we had opened the engine room. We heard astonished cries when people saw the two MAN V12 1500HP engines.

It was really an amazing week and a wonderful trip. We hope to welcome a lot of visitors at the HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam (30th of August 2016 –
4th of September of 2016).

Ronald C. van Enkhuizen