latest Akerboom news

Akerboom Yacht Equipment at the Monaco Yacht Show 2021

September 2021

We are very happy to be at the MYS in September and look forward to meeting in person again!

To arrange a meeting with us in Monaco, please contact us via email and we will see you there.

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Refit Project M.Y. Lady Charlotte

June 2020
Within the COVID-19 crisis of 2020 Akerboom have successfully finished the large refit project on the M.Y. Lady Charlotte,  a 17 year old Feadship.
During this refit the yacht was extended by 3 meters to an overall length of 41.55 meter. The refit team performed various upgrades on the exterior look as well as on the interior look and feel.

Before start of the refit, the project team asked advice from Akerboom on the scope of the shaft installation within the planned refit activities. Akerboom advised to perform a full scope of work to minimize the risk of damage on the shaft installation. At that stage the client decided to only perform the scope of work mandatory by Lloyds.

After all hot works were completed the client contacted Akerboom to check the system and give an additional advice on the current situation. Based on this inspection Akerboom advised a complete scope and the client agreed. The start of the project was to remove the main shafts and perform a laser alignment check on the shaft line to check if the alignment had changed during the hot works.

After an independent alignment check by a sub-contractor the shaft line was declared out of tolerance. With this finding Akerboom needed to perform plan B resulting in removal of the stern tubes and reproduction of the stern tubes under Lloyds certification. The complete plan B was originally planned to take 8 weeks, where the client only had a total of 4 weeks time.

Akerboom did everything in its power to comply with the project’s planning. On 4 May 2020 Akerboom joined the yacht on their scheduled sea trial, meaning that Akerboom successfully completed the entire project within the requested planning of the project.

Akerboom Yacht Equipment wish the yacht and the client many happy and safe years of sailing. We look forward to provide our service in the future.

Launch Party: Gangways, Platforms, Hatches

June 2019
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 

Time lapse 6tons Swim Platform

June 2019
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.

Together with

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.

Load testing

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.

Only 8 months

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!

About Akerboom

Gangways & Passerelles – Hull Doors & Platforms – Cranes & Davits – Propellershaft Systems – Special Equipment

About us; Yacht shown from out the water with tenderstore hatches open

The Akerboom promise

No-one knows Akerboom items better than the company that created them. From one-off technical advice and ongoing maintenance support. Or to complete refurbishment of technical equipment, it makes good sense to return to the experts.

Akerboom items have always been built to last. Today there are several hundred items in the global fleet. Like any other premium product, the world’s finest custom yacht equipment items must be looked after. This to the highest standards. If they are to stay in peak condition and retain their unrivalled value and reliability.

Akerboom’s services division is dedicated to the care, maintenance and technically support of the global fleet.

Intrested in the products we build? Take a look.

Our Team

engineering – production – assembly

Turn to the experts

You do not have to come to the Netherlands for special maintenance work. Our international flying team is ready to service Akerboom Yacht Equipment around the globe. We have a large team of highly qualified and very experienced technicians, service engineers and operators ready for you.

Akerboom yacht services has an excellent service infrastructure and works together with yards located around the world.

Working at Akerboom

You are invited

Wanted: skilled people that enjoy building boats

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

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


Akerboom history


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.

1882: entrepreneurship

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.

1928: times of crisis

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.

1945: Gebr. Akerboom nv (Akerboom Brothers ltd)

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.

1950: from pleasure craft to commercial vessels

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.

1980: custom made

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.

1986: subsidiary of De Vries Scheepsbouw

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.

2012: growth

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.

2019: the future

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.

Intrested in being part of the furure? Take a look at our open vacancies.

Henricus Akerboom together with yard employees back in 1860.
Henricus Akerboom (1815-1897), shipwright by trade, is the first of generations of ship builders. In 1860 he purchases a small yard in Lisse for 2400 guilders. He builds wooden vessels (barges, “schouwen” and rowing boats) for the bulb growers and farmers in the region. He also maintains these vessels for their owners. Henricus marries Grietje Kelder, with whom he has nine sons, six of which reach adulthood.
M.Y. Gallant Lady, she was launched at the end of 2006. She is fitted with modern state-of-the-art technology.
This “Gallant Lady” is the youngest of a ‘family’ of eight yachts carrying the same name. She was launched at the end of 2006. With similar looks to the previous Gallant lady (number 7), launched ten years earlier, she is fitted with modern state-of-the-art technology. Akerboom Yacht Equipment supplied the aluminium superstructure, the propeller shafts, the Riviera gangway, the transom door, the boat crane, the rudder installation and the swimming ladder.

Our Services

after sales – refits – spare parts

Support when you need it

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.

Akerboom service van standing next to yacht

Our products

Boarding Equipment - Platforms - Doors - Propeller Shafts - Special Applications

Our products

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.

Special applications

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.

Boarding platform

Boarding platform

Bulwark balcony

Bulwark balcony

Dodger door

Dodger door



Hull side door

Hull side door

Side boarding ladder

Side boarding ladder



Tenderstore hatch

Tenderstore hatch

Contact Us

Below you can find all information to contact us.

Akerboom Yacht Equipment
Hoge Morsweg 113a
The Netherlands
Email yacht service
Our Phone
+31 71 576 1600
Open Hours
Monday-Friday, 7AM-5PM