The Team

Vripack Creative Directors Bart M. Bouwhuis and Marnix J. Hoekstra discuss their passion for yachting and creating yachts that make each owner feel at home, at sea.

The splash of waves hitting the bow as the boat cuts through the water. The whistling of masts in the harbour. Sails flapping in the wind. These are some of our most vivid childhood memories, as well as the sights and sounds that will stay with us from last weekend, and the weekend before.

We’ve savoured the joys of being on water for as long as we can remember. The immediate sense of freedom induced by sailing is, for us, a mystical experience. We’ve had the good fortune to have sailed many waters around the world, and to have observed enough evidence of the boundlessness and immeasurability of nature, as well as its sublime beauty, its humbling power, its grace and its fragility.

“With decades of experience at our disposal, we’ve been able to craft some of the finest, safest, most durable, most comfortable and most beautiful yachts ever made.”

Bart M. Bouwhuis

PARTNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NAVAL ARCHITECT DEGREE

Bart Bouwhuis joined Vripack in 1994 while qualifying as a naval architect. He then spent a year abroad, at one of Vripack’s client’s shipyards, where he learned the physical practicalities of yacht building. On return, he was initially charged with drafting engineering plans, but was soon helping to design the yachts themselves, and was subsequently promoted to Design Manager. Bouwhuis is now one of the studio’s principal shareholders and co-Creative Director.

“A yacht is a finely balanced combination of elements and it’s this holistic approach and our ability to get the balance right that allows us to the produce yachts that are ready to take to the sea in any direction.”

Marnix J. Hoekstra

PARTNER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NAVAL ARCHITECT DEGREE

Marnix Hoekstra joint Vripack in 2004. He worked as an international surveyor after also qualifying as a naval architect, until Bart Bouwhuis invited him to join Vripack. He worked closely with Peter Naeyé, one of Vripack’s second generation of shareholders, took over Naeyé’s share of the business in 2009 and became Bart’s fellow co-Creative Director.

A professional team like no other

Designing yachts is not a one-man job. At Vripack we believe that it takes a holistic team that is passionate about playing a role in achieving someone else’s dream of sailing the world and feeling at home while doing so.

Dick Boon

FOUNDER / NAVAL ARCHITECT

Hanneke Bekkers

CFO / HRM Manager

Jeroen Schoonheim

CEO

Bart M. Bouwhuis

PARTNER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Marnix J. Hoekstra

PARTNER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Robin de Vries

SENIOR DESIGNER

Aleksandr Markov

SENIOR NAVAL ARCHITECT

Peter Bouma

SENIOR NAVAL ARCHITECT

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Eddy Visser

SENIOR DRAFTSMAN

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Tom van der Velde

SENIOR DRAFTSMAN