YARD UPDATE '07: Kuipers Woudsend

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Working on Beothuk II... June 2007 For the most recent Kuipers Woudsend Update, check out the January/February 2009 issue of Yachtbuilder International, the page-turning e-magazine just one click away from the right side of your screen.

Kuipers Woudsend is close to finishing the 31m (102ft) Beothuk II, its latest and largest Vripack Doggersbank project. This expedition-style motoryacht delivers this summer to the Canadian owner of the Kuipers-built Doggersbank Offshore 84 Beothuk that launched in ’02. This new one boasts a range of around 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots or so and a maximum speed of around 12 knots. The estimated cost of this one is around €10 million.

  The yard does most things in-house, save for the joinery and paintwork... 

Located in the heart of Holland’s ‘Lake District’ in the historic village of Woudsend, the Kuipers Shipyard specializes in semi-custom and custom new-builds, although it also does refit and service work, including looking after vessels for the Dutch ministry of nature conservancy, customs and the Royal Dutch lifeboat society. Employing a permanent staff of around 20, it consists of three heated dry-docks and a 36m (118ft) wet-deck. The newest dry-dock is also 36m (118ft) in length and has a beam of 9.5m (31ft), a draught limit of 2.1m (6ft 11in) and a door height of 8.5m (27ft 11in). It is also climate-controlled.
The yard does most things in-house, save for the joinery and paintwork that has always been subcontracted. Its first Doggersbank project, an Offshore 84, was Kathleen back in ’86, but since then it has completed getting on for 25 of them. The yard’s owner-president is Marcel Kuipers.

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