2019 In-Water HISWA: great expectations and 4 no-shows

LELYSTAD – The 5-day, 2019 HISWA-in-Water opens Sept. 4, determined to build a reputation as the largest north European In-Water Boat Show. However, the show – 330 boats, moored stern to quay for a better view from all sides – got off on a sour note. The customary Boat of the Year award was canceled as 4 candidates failed to deliver their boats to Lelystad in time for Aug. 29 in-water testing. Here some notable Dutch show participants:

De nieuwe Saffier SE 37 Lounge

Saffier Yachts (Stand B22): On display: the Saffier Se 37 Lounge, the Saffier Sc 6.50 Cruise, the Saffier Sc8m Cabin, the Saffier Se 26 and the Saffier Se 33 UD.

Saffier Yachts specializes in the manufacture of high-quality, finished sailing yachts that boast a classic look. It builds 50 to 60 yachts a year and sells them all over the world.

Vaan R4 catamaran

Vaan Yachts (C12): Builder of luxury catamarans with hulls whose halls are made from recycled aluminum. Stuff like old windows, traffic signs, car tags, etc. Some parts contain more than 75% ‘circular’ materials. Vaan Yachts precures recycled aluminum from Norway’s Hydro aluminum maker.

The yard plans to build a limited number of Vaan R4s in the next 2 years.

De alu tender van KM Yachtbuilders.

KM Yachtbuilders (B34): 2 sailing boats – the Bestevaer 45 LENE and the Bestevaer 49 Katharos – and the custom River Tender motor yacht. Each Bestevaer design is a collaboration between KMY and Dykstra Naval Architects. The River Tender is a new joint – and high-speed – project.

Hull Vane BV (KO67): a unit of Van Oossanen Naval Architects, installs its underwater wing primarily in the superyacht and commercial sectors. But the company is increasingly targeting the recreational boating market. Expect a major announcement.

Aquanaut Yachting (D08). New launches: the 3rd generation Drifter 350 OC and the Privilege 460 AC Pilothouse. Aquanaut Yachting builds steel cruisers from 12 to 19m (39-66ft) that come in 35 different model versions. It builds 6 model lines, from start to delivery.

Damarin (A12): Maker of tenders since 1995. By now it manufactures a dozen models. On show: the Damarin 732 Cabin and Damarin 642. The former was developed from the Damarin 732 Xtender, a collaboration with Studio Delta design and engineering, launched in 2013.

VETUS (KB02A): For more than 50 years, VETUS has been developing and making marine engines, generators and technical equipment for recreational craft and small commercial vessels around the world. It markets 14 marine systems – from the engine room to the fly-bridge – with all the piping, connectors etc. they require.