Keeping your yacht from looking dated
LEWEDORP _ The red and blue stickers on the map of Europe in Ben van der Schoor’s office tell the story. Red ones show jobs for YachtID, his company that redoes yacht interiors. The blue ones are for his Trim-Line Yacht Wrap & Design company that crafts new yacht exteriors. “We keep the two disciplines separate so as not to confuse people,” says Van der Schoor. His map shows jobs in Norway, Germany, Italy, Sweden, France and Spain. He has also worked in the Maldives and Dubai.
Van der Schoor started 30 years ago at Trim Line, wrapping cars, vans and commercial vehicles. “Sometimes I did some yacht striping,” he says. “Today you see a lot more yacht wrapping and lettering.” Van der Schoor’s teams recently wrapped 10 service boats of Team Brunel, the Dutch entry in the Volvo Ocean Race.
In recent years, Van der Schoor branched out into interiors and has worked on such brands as Sunseeker, Fairline, Pershing, Swan and Ferretti. “We just did a 15-year-old Sunseeker’s cherry-wood interior. Cherry wood interiors were hot at one point. But people don’t want all that wood anymore. By covering that up with vinyl while leaving some accents of wood the interior looks very contemporary again.”
Van der Schoor’s interior work can result from water damage. “But you cannot lay a vinyl cover over a damp spot. We treat the wood, remove the bad parts and fill it back in.” Often, he works at the request of yards or dealers who cannot sell a yacht. “A small investment (in a new interior) can greatly increase the chance of a sale,” says Van der Schoor.
He redoes interiors in a wide range of colors, hues, patterns and materials. One of his favorites: stainless steel foil. “People do not see the difference from real metal. The advantage of vinyl is that it shows no finger marks. And it tolerates very high temperatures.”