|KHMB Y&S Design|
'No bigger challenge than to integrate owner's wishes into a yacht or ship with breath-taking lines, a 'no nonsense' logical- and eye catching lay-out and practical, low maintenance details.
Klaas Huizinga (1957)
Born in Noordwijk, Zuid Holland, The Netherlands I started my career as a surveyor for the Shipping Inspectorate of the Dutch Government, after successfully completing my studies at the HTS scheepsbouwkunde (Bachelor study for a shipbuilding engineer) in Haarlem, June 1980. At the same time I finished building my 27' steel sailing yacht , which I love to sail up to now.
The job as surveyor allowed me to visit all kinds of yachts and ships in the daily practice of certification. By the end of 1985 the non-creative character of the job wouldn't satisfy me anymore and, driven by my passion for classic boats and ships, I decided to start my own business.
At first I concentrated on stability calculations, technical construction- and rigging drawings for mainly sailing ships for international voyages as well as for inland waters. Later on architectural activities began to dominate the work, such as line plans for hull and roundhouses, exterior- and interior lay-outs, sail plans etc.
During these activities I discovered the charm to wisely combine (beautiful) aesthetics with practical lay-outs and the knowledge of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics. Finding this balanced synergy has intrigued me ever since.
In the latest decenium the French light weight sailing yachts attract my attention. Fast sailing due the mechanical properties of the present reliable high-quality materials will become more common now. As a naval architect, I see this development as a chance to create a new generation of sailing yachts.
During my career, Class- and Government-societies have an increasing involvement in the design and production process, of yachts (CE), commercial yachts (MCA, CCV) and commercial (sailing) cruise ships (SOLAS, EU 98/18) resulting in binding rules and criteria. A development still going strong today…….(see also 'QuoteBlog' on this site) Over time I developed the necessary inside knowledge of these criteria for possible integration into new concepts and designs as well as existing ships and yachts.
My ambition has never been and will never be having a large office with a number of employees. Anyhow, when larger projects come my way, I like to co-operate with other, capable design-offices.
Sources of inspiration:
Capt. Nathanael G. Herreshoff designs,
William Fife and John Alden designs.
Dutch and English designs of cargo- and passenger ships between 1950 and 1970
Clipper- and schooner designs by John W. Griffiths,
Clipper designs by Donald McKay.
Class 40 and IMOCA 60 designs