We cordially invite you to celebrate the festive launch of our renewed gangways, platforms and hatches with us on Thursday, July 4 2019. Did you receive an email with the official invitation? Then you can register until 21 June at the latest at https://www.launcheventakerboom.nl
Akerboom Yacht Equipment has successfully finished a large 5yrs survey refit in collaboration with Amico & Co Shipyard, Italy. The attached time lapse gives a small impression of how to fit back a 6 tons swim platform!
The lead time of this large refit has started in September 2018 and finished in April 2019. This exclusive luxury Feadship is re-painted completely. Also all Akerboom related yacht equipment has been overhauled for the 5yrs Lloyds survey.
This large refit was carried out in great cooperation with Amico & Co. Shipyard and Feadship Services Makkum. Akerboom Yacht Equipment has performed several service and overhaul activities on the following yacht items on board this amazing yacht; Boarding Ladders, Gangways, Mooring Platform, Tender Doors, Beach Club Hatches, Wing Stations, Swim Platform, Boarding Platform, Flag Staff System and the Sun awnings.
All the Akerboom Yacht Equipment related items were removed from the yacht in Italy, and transported back to our facility in Leiden, The Netherlands. All recommended parts were first inspected by our component specialists for overhaul, good working of the cylinders and hydraulics before they were serviced.
After the service, overhaul and assembly period all the selected Yacht Equipment were accurate tested at Akerbooms workshop. This is activities were completed include a (load/functional) test and overhaul report to determine the safe working load. Before installing all the items back on the yacht. After a successful test period in our workshop, the yacht equipment was transported back to Italy for re-installing and commissioning on board. Our technicians on side finalized this large refit with a second load test to ensure the safe working load on this great luxury yacht.
This total 5yrs refit was completed successful on the 2nd of April 2019. So within only 8 months, this amazing Feadship is almost as new for the upcoming years!
A special thanks to our Akerboom Technicians, Amico & CO. Shipyards, Feadship Services Makkum and the Management of this amazing Feadship.
Have a safe sail/season and keep following her!
The history of Akerboom Yacht Equipment goes back to 1860. Great-great grandfather Henricus Akerboom takes a huge step: He buys the yard from his employer, Mr Dobbe. The yard is located near Lisse, where growers of flower bulbs transport their products by boat. They become his clients.
Johannes Akerboom, second son of Henricus, had his father’s sense of entrepreneurship. In 1882, he purchases a yard in Boskoop. This area, with its many hundreds of kilometres of waterways, lends itself perfectly for water-borne transport, both for business and for pleasure. Johannes seeks out a different clientele from his father’s: the local dignitaries, doctors, lawyers, but also government institutions like the police and the fire brigade.
In the nineteen twenties and thirties shipbuilding went through difficult times. In 1928 the yard in Boskoop, now led by Hendrik, son of Johannes, goes bankrupt. The family moves to the Hoge Morsweg in the village of Oegstgeest (now part of the city of Leiden) where cousin Hein from the town of Lisse has purchased a yard, ‘The Phoenix’. Hendrik takes the position of yard manager. This yard is threatened by bankruptcy and Hein needs to sell the yard. Mr Meijer, a contractor and friend, purchases the yard in 1932, leaving the daily running of the yard to Hendrik Akerboom.
After the Second World War Hendrik had the opportunity to buy the yard back from Mr Meijer for the same price Mr Meijer had paid in 1932. Eventually all his five sons work at the yard as shipwrights. Two of them, Joop and Jan, become directors. The yard name is changed to Scheepswerf Gebr. Akerboom nv.
In the years after the war there is a shortage of raw materials in The Netherlands. Steel, new or second hand, is reserved for commercial vessels. Scheepswerf Gebr. Akerboom nv is quick to adapt. The workboats for Public Works, Customs and Police but also for governments of third world countries become their new speciality. During these years the first business with De Vries Scheepsbouw Aalsmeer is conducted. This yacht builder appreciates the work they can do as a subcontractor for Akerboom. Jan Akerboom passes away in 1956 after which Joop and Cor Akerboom become directors.
In the early eighties the rebuilding of the country is finished. Orders from the government are significantly reduced, partly due to growing foreign competition. Yacht builder De Vries in Aalsmeer sees her order portfolio increasing, so much so that a need grows for trustworthy subcontractors. Akerboom Yacht Equipment (AYE) becomes one of these, supplying custom superstructures.
In 1986 the last of the brothers steps down and Cor’s son Henk Akerboom becomes director.
Under his guidance the shareholders come to an important decision. The company becomes a full subsidiary of De Vries Scheepsbouw. As of 1986 Akerboom’s future lies in the manufacture of superstructures, yacht equipment and propeller shafts for luxury yachts. From then on De Vries Scheepsbouw can count on a reliable subcontractor. Up to the present day Akerboom remains a fully independent company. Not only the now ‘Koninklijke’ De Vries yards, but also yards like Royal Van Lent on the island of ‘De Kaag’ and Royal Huisman Shipyard in Vollenhove are part of the AYE clientele.
In 2012, AYE, as a subsidiary of the De Vries group, grows with market demand. Due to a need for more production space since 2007, buildings have been renewed and additional buildings have been constructed.
With the history in mind, Akerboom Yacht Equipment is ready for the future. With the festive launch of our renewed gangways, platforms and hatches in July, we can only say, we are ready for more.
Akerboom’s services division is dedicated and well known to the care, maintenance and technically support of the global fleet. Like any other premium product, the world’s finest custom yacht equipment items must be looked after. This means to the highest standards if they are, to stay in peak condition and retain their unrivalled value and reliability.
The Akerboom yacht services team is there to help out. When there is any question or request, let us know. For instance regarding maintenance, complete refits or spare parts. Contact us easily by phone our email, or address us while we are around in your marina.
Yacht equipment is the general term for all the functional equipment on board a yacht. It can be a beautifully concealed side accommodation ladder or gangway (passarelle). Or a hinged platform, a crane or a perfectly fitted recessed door in the yacht’s hull.
With our advanced know-how and craftsmanship we supply the very best. This is illustrated by the aesthetically pleasing styling and finish of our equipment. Of course reliability, ease of operation and after sales services are of the same high quality.
Each yacht built by the Koninklijke De Vries Group meets the special requirements of the owner; it is a “one-of-a-kind”. During construction an appeal is regularly made to the ingenuity and skills available at Akerboom Yacht Equipment.
Akerboom Yacht Equipment (AYE), a subsidiary of Koninklijke De Vries Group, is a modern project-oriented organization that combines traditional craftsmanship with the latest technologies. Building yachts is what we do and we do that with approximately 135 employees.
Our work includes office jobs, engineers and job preparation – and skilled work in the workshops. These workshops are the domain of specialized metal workers like welders and fitters. Experienced people are teamed up with apprentices.
Our mission is the same mission as that of the other companies in the Koninklijke De Vries Group: ‘Build the most beautiful boats whilst taking pleasure in our work.’ Quality is our hallmark.
You are invited
We are always on the lookout for colleagues to fill in the vacancies within our company. If you want to be part of an enthusiastic team and if craftsmanship and quality appeal to you, we invite you to take a look at the open vacancies. We look forward to receiving your application.
Please call or email us should you have any questions. You can ask for the HR department.
Phone: +31(0)71 5761 600