Dutch yacht builders to exhibit at world renowned art fair
by Risa Merl
Dutch superyacht builders Amels, Feadship, Heesen, Oceanco and Royal Huisman are combining forces to exhibit at the TEFAF Maastricht art fair in The Netherlands.
The renowned antiques and art fair will run from 13 to 22 March, with more than 275 of the world's most prestigious art dealers and exhibitors in attendance showcasing art from 10,500 private and institutional collections. Joining the mix is the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, hosting a combined effort between HISWA and the five shipyards, who will share a booth at the art fair. Each builder will have the opportunity to exhibit its concepts and models, which are displayed among a beautiful array of artworks.
"Art and yachting are very closely related," Says Sara Gioanola of Heesen Yachts. "It's a unique opportunity to join HISWA and the other Dutch shipyards to promote the history of Dutch yachting and the quality of Dutch yacht building. All of the members of the Holland Yachting Group share the same commitment to quality, so we feel very comfortable to be exhibiting with our peers." Heesen will be showing off a model of its 65 metre FDHF superyacht Galactica Star.
"We present ourselves for a new audience under the umbrella 'Think yachts, think Holland,'" said Jeroen Sirag, HISWA Holland Yachting Group's Export Director at last year's event in the video above. In 2014, TEFAF attracted 74,000 international visitors hailing from 56 different countries, of which the Holland Yachting Group noted 9,500 VIP clients in attendance. As Jeroen Sirag explains, HISWA and the builders look to attract a new audience by displaying at the TEFAF art fair.
Amels plans to showcase and promote its 83 metre Amels Limited Editions 272. Amels recently released the first image of its flagship 83m superyacht, which is currently in build.
Feadship has had a busy year, launching its largest yacht everwith hull No 808 and the impressive superyacht 83.5 metre Savannah, which narrowly squeezed through locks and bridges on her way to sea trials.
Just last week at the Dubai show, Oceanco revealed its latest concept for a 107 metre superyacht designed by Ken Freivokh. The yard also delivered its hull Y710 Infinity in February 2015.
Meanwhile, Royal Huisman is fresh off of a winning streak after its 48 metre classic beauty Wisp took top honours at the ShowBoats Design Awards in both interior and exterior design categories.