ENKHUIZEN – Ventis Shipyard, which in only 12 years grew its footprint in classic yacht building mostly through new technologies, has come under new, younger management after co-owners Hans-Peter Baars and Tanja Algra stepped aside Aug. 1.
The new management, which includes naval architect Marchien Speelman, acquires a 25-year-old yard that has generated significant growth and recognition in the tiny niche of classic yachts.
In April, Ventis Shipyard won top awards in 2 categories of the 2019 Classic Boat contest of Britain’s Classic Boat magazine: in the ‘under 40ft’ category for restoring Margaux, a Danish-built ‘skerry class’ yacht and for Nyala, a new-build project of an Olin Stephens-designed 56ft (17.3m) Bermudan sloop.
Over the years, Ventis Shipyard grew its market by acquiring Brasker Masts, maker of high-quality masts, booms, bowsprits, gaffs and yards for anything from day sailers to schooners. It also took on new-build projects of wooden craft and investing in capacity.
Possibly Ventis Shipyard’s most visionary marketing move was the manufacture of 200 elm-wood lamp posts for the city of Enkhuizen in 2018.