The Team


”Aside from our undisputable technical skills, we never lose sight of the fact that building a yacht at Holland Jachtbouw is a pleasurable experience for our clients.”
Roeland Franssens, Managing Director
With a strong background in competitive racing smaller and larger yachts, Roeland is always keen to go the extra distance to ensure that each and every yacht is handed over meeting all the expectations of the owner. His hands-on approach comes from many year’s as a watchleader, trimmer and skipper for international offshore races, notably including a Fastnet Race win and two Transatlantics. More recently he has skippered a Class 40 single and double handed for races up to 1000 miles at a time. His keen eye for detail is further enhanced from his professional background, that underpins his ethos towards each project built at Holland Jachtbouw. He has served a number of years at sea in the merchant navy, worked for 7 years in international offshore and coastal construction projects like The Palm and World islands in Dubai, along with five years as Operations Director for a construction vessel owner and charterer.
“It may sound ridiculous, yet I am wholly convinced that hybrid engines are the future for not only sailing yachts, but also motor yachts!”
Arjen Zijlmans, Technical Director
Born with a technical soul, Arjen was rarely seen as a youngster far from a toolbox, working out how things worked and why. His early career after leaving school was as a car mechanic, but he quickly moved onto being a Chief Engineer following studies at a Nautical College. Ever technically minded, Arjen’s career in the marine industry started as Fifth Engineer on a merchant tanker, and from there he moved into the offshore oil industry and dredging continuing his progression into the technical side of engineering and maritime systems. He joined Holland Jachtbouw in Zaandam the day the company started up. Nowadays, Arjen’s role as Technical Director sees him on a daily basis thinking through systems and innovations, always striving for the best possible solution. He is always keen to push through new boundaries of technology, developing all the on board systems and in particular constantly assessing weight advantages that can be gained in every small detail.

Project Management

project_management The Project Management teams work together on individual projects, providing an ongoing and consistent level of build quality throughout the construction process of each yacht, aligned exactly with the initial brief. It’s in the detail and the teams work tirelessly with all the different groups involved in each build to ensure the highest standards at every stage.


engineering The Engineering Department is on hand to work alongside the Project Management teams, together with the designers to ensure a standard of excellence seen in every yacht that is built at Holland Jachtbouw. Many of the systems require a custom approach and the team is there to provide the best possible solution at the best price. These unique systems are often a one-off and therefore require a proactive process to maintain efficiency and work with the ethos of lighter weight and less volume in the interior accommodations.

After Sales

johannes Johannes Goed, After Sales Manager

“It is very important to maintain the technical support after the yacht has left our shipyard – we are always here to help.”

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