Satellite Yacht Design
How did you get into the business of designing yachts? Are your parents designers?
Since I was a child, I have been an enthusiastic yachtsman and competitive sailor. I have made many cruising trips and competed in a variety of classes. For example, in the 420, Yngling, J22, and IOR. After completing my studies as a Naval Architect, I switched careers and began working in in the yachting industry. After five year's experience at a prestigious design office in the Netherlands, I started my own design office in 1996.
Ideas and inspiration are very critical to designers, where do you draw yours from?
My design criteria are: safety, performance, and comfort. My designs are made for sailors. To make a cruising yacht or racer as light as possible, you make a faster and safer yacht. The comfort is the comfort in the cockpit and cabin while sailing, like good seats and an ergonomic space for cooking, sleeping, and navigating.
What's your latest creation? Tell me about it.
My latest design is the DC41, a 41-foot cruiser/racer. The cockpit and deck are appropriate for racing and the interior is practical and modern. I constructed the hulls as light as possible and chose the best materials for deck and rigging, like a carbon mast and Harken-equipped deck. The hull is optimized for the IRC.
What's your favorite design? Why?
My favorite design in the Icon 48 or the Indigo 26. The Icon 48 is my favorite, because it's a big dinghy, with a lot of nice design details, very nicely built, and equipped with Harken. I like the Indigo 26, because it was a nice project with a lot of difficult elements on a small boat. A chined hull for high speeds, and a canting keel which can be moved by hand. For the crew, we made large hiking racks. The boat won a lot of races in the Netherlands.
Where did you get your ideas for designing TEN?
It was the idea of two Dutch businessmen. They saw the success of the Flying Tiger and tried to do the same thing for the European market. It was my idea to create a racer with a few cruising elements. For this length, I don't believe in a compromise and I designed a big cockpit and a practical, basic cabin.
What's special about TEN?
It's a spectacular racing boat for a competitive price. A good hull, keel, and rudder and a nice carbon mast and totally Harken-equipped. The boat sails like a dinghy and every crew member is involved in the race and not just a piece of ballast. High speeds between 15 and 25 knots are common and that's sailing with a big smile.
I hear that TEN took part in the 2011 China Cup International Regatta. How was its performance?
The performance of the TEN during the China Cup of 2011 was good. Originally the TEN was designed as a one-design class and it was good to see that the TEN performed well in the IRC. This year the TEN will start as a one-design class.
What will you focus on in the future?
The same as I always did.
What are your thoughts on the yacht design industry and its future in China?
The Chinese yacht industry is very interesting for me. China has a long nice coast and lakes where you can sail. As a designer, it's very nice to see the enthusiasm of the people to learn sailing.