Our mission

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Core goals

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Our experience

Web development - 7 years
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Photography - 3 years
Consulting - 2 years

What we are good at

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Custom built

Our range of aluminium vessels lend themselves to tremendous amounts of customization. we can start with a basic hull and easily change the length, beam, cabin layout, deck configuration, etc. to suit customer’s individual requirements.

A personalized approach

At Habbeke Shipyard, we make it our business to provide a personalized service, and to do it very well. We value integrity and trust in our relationships and we recognize that these traits form a strong foundation for greater achievement.

We believe that one size shouldn’t fit all and can tailor our approach to:

  • Only custom built vessels including all wishes of the clients
  • Provide specialist advice for clients facing specific challenges.
  • The result must also be a user-friendly vessel and a member of the team is also active after delivery, making sure the boat performs to these previous expectations.
Why Aluminium

Aluminium is without question the most well reputed material for the construction of robust workboats. A relatively large craft built from aluminium will be lighter and stronger than if it where built from fiberglass. Marine grade aluminium has such high impact resistance, that our vessels can withstand a collision that would seriously damage other (fiberglass) vessels. Marine grade aluminium also has excellent corrosion resistance, in most cases aluminium boats will last up to 50 years in the harsh saltwater environment. Aluminium is by far the lowest maintenance material that could be used for boat manufacturing. Aluminium does not rust or rot. Residual values for aluminium boats are high – making overall cost of ownership low.

Low cost

The initial outlay for an aluminium craft may be higher than that for a comparable steel or fiberglass build, that cost will quickly be recouped:

Hull maintenance typically amounts to a cursory visual inspection, regular cleaning and replacement of the sacrificial anodes. This should keep the hull looking like new in 10 years time.

Aluminium does not need any protective painting, and the majority of operators do not apply anti-foul – this saves the cost of regular rubbing down and re-painting. The money you will have saved having your steel boat repainted will more than pay back the difference.

As mentioned, aluminium vessels can operate with smaller engines than similar steel and fiberglass builds, offering a saving on the initial cost of an engine and superior fuel economy.

Aluminium vessels have a high resale value thanks to the long life and high durability of the material.

Some of our clients

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  • "In 2004, members of the Project Committee of Caister Lifeboat Service in the UK began to explore the replacement of its existing lifeboat. After thorough research and many personal discussions, the team reached a unanimous decision to purchase a Valentijn 2000 built by Habbeké.

    Throughout the contract negotiations and the period of construction it became obvious to all concerned within the Caister team that Arie de Waart and his loyal team of employees were not only first class craftsmen who take an immense pride in their work but they are also people whom you can trust implicitly. This enabled carrying out business with them a pleasure, and continued with their after sales service.

    We would have no reservation in recommending Habbeké shipyard of Volendam to any perspective client."
    John Cannell
    Project Co-Coordinator Caister Lifeboat
  • "During my thirty years service with the KNRM, I have been associated with many different life-boats; twenty of these years as skipper/coxswain. My longest period was with the Eierland type of boat where the work was hard, the boat was under-powered, and you were always cold, wet and tired. This changed a lot in 1990 when we started training for the new type of life-boat – the RIBs. I was honoured to “lay the keel” of our new boat, the ADRIAAN HENDRIK, a VALENTIJN built by HABBEKÉ SHIPYARD. I worked on the Adriaan Hendrik for five years. A lot of this work was experimental and can assure the reader that the VALENTIJN RIBS are an enormous improvement in life-boat technology. I would like to compliment the team at Habbeké for producing such strong and trustworthy vessels. One can rely upon them in all sorts of weather, and sea conditions, a tribute to the vision and expertise at your wharf".  
    1937 - 2014 †
    Kees Zwart
    Skipper/coxswain ADRIAAN HENDRIK (VALENTIJN class) KNRM Egmond aan Zee
  • "Once you have sailed in one of these vessels, you will never want to return to the previous designs … They are especially suited to manoeuvring in breaking water, ground seas and heavy surf are no longer as dreaded as they were!".  "For instance, if you have to get to a yacht that is aground amid breaking seas, you go in as close as you can, turn head-on to the surf, and then drop astern until you can get the tow across.  Then it is just a question of putting on the power and towing the vessel out into safer waters".

    In a traditional lifeboat, this was just not possible - you would get turned and twisted at every wave" Furthermore, the jets allow you get more and safer power: recently we had to reach a wooden sailing vessel trapped among a breaking ground sea.  But with careful handling of the buckets, we reached her at about 10 knots.  To do this we would approach the breakers head on and take the high ones by pushing the bow into the breaking water as it hit!  By altering the thrust on the twin buckets one can keep the boat in balance, and going forward - of course in the dark it is a little more difficult and we have been knocked all over the place as well; but she always recovers and allows us to carry out our tasks.

    But these vessels also allow you to run before a following sea - they are after all very fast and manoeuvrable.  Their manoeuvrability also always allows one to get a tow across and the power of the boats then enables one to tow big or small, victims to safety".
    Gert-Jan Klontje
    Skipper/coxswain KONING WILLEM 1 (ARIE VISSER class) KNRM Schiermonikoog