Our first keelboat followed quickly in the wake of that first Flying Dutchman trapeze dinghy. The year was 1959, the boat was the Contest 25, eight metres long with berths for four. These were early days for GRP and volume production. We led. Three hundred were sold. Today we build bigger, much bigger, and more individually. Along the way we have developed unique construction techniques and a reputation for very well found, performance bluewater cruisers.
The founding father, and ultimately grandfather, was Ed Conijn, followed by son Fritz and now grandson Arjen. Ed took the company through to 1970, Fritz to 2003, and through his first decade instituting pivotal change as boat length grew to 48ft (15m), with one of the largest ever series built sailing yachts. Also every new boat now leaving the yard was Lloyd’s Register certified, a first for this level of industry and a clear indicator of integrity. Today with third generation Arjen Conijn at the helm, the very same principles apply, updated and looking forward.