A design studio with global footprint
ENKHUIZEN ~ Maarten Voogd learned sailing as a youngster and chose a technical education to satisfy his desire for boat designing. A 1991 internship took him to Cape Town to work with South African Alexander Simonis. It was the start of a collaboration in a naval architecture and design that has generated over 200 boat projects to date.
The two work 10,000 kilometers apart _ Voogd near Amsterdam, Simonis in Cape Town _ handling designs for mono and single-hulled sail and motor boats as well as power RIBs. Simonis Voogd Design has drawn maxi racers, charter catamarans, the MaxiFun 25 and 35, the Dehler 35, 44 and 60, the Breehorn 41, 48 and 53 and the Chinese-made Far East 18, 26 and 31 performance cruisers.
Recently, it drew the Winner-11, a Dutch sailing yacht that retained the angular windows of smaller Winners. “Style features are important,” says Voogd. “Look at the car sector. For 2 years now BMW shows 2 front grill ‘kidneys.’” He draws inspiration from the automotive sector. The first Far East-31R high-performance, carbon sailing yacht came in Ferrari-red (photo) and with jet-black bow spoilers to direct the wind into the genua. Are they necessary? Who knows? Crucially, they were interesting conversation pieces on social media.
Voogd’s connection w h China dates back to 2012 METS trade show in Amsterdam when Far East Boats of Shanghai asked him to draw a 31-ft sail racer. Far East Boats was launched in 2002 and quickly made a name for itself as the official builder of the Optimist and other small sailing craft. Owner Lu Wei Feng wanted to build a cabin cruiser and asked Voogd’s design studio in Enkhuizen to draw a 31-ft sail racer. It was launched in March, 2003 _ 6 months after that METS show! _ and shown at the April, 2003, Shanghai International Boat Show.
Voogd speaks highly of the Far East yard. “They work very efficiently. They deliver high quality. It is all CNC plasma precision cutting. They are also very good at making aluminum molds.”
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