Astondoa Celebrates a Century in Business

In 1916, Jesús and José Astondoa Martínez began building wooden rowboats (below) for fishermen in Portugalete, Spain. One hundred years later, the third generation of their family runs Astondoa, in Santa Pola. Waiting in the wings is the fourth generation. The yard offers production boats and megayachts in fiberglass and metal. It’s one of the Continue reading


Balk Shipyard Acquires Bloemsma Yard

The Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw shipyard in The Netherlands has served as a subcontractor of hulls, primarily aluminum, for more than 20 years. It’s particularly well-known for its contribution to modern-day J-Class sailing superyachts. The yard’s focus will continue under the new ownership of fellow Dutch builder Balk Shipyard. Bloemsma Aluminiumbouw, located in Makkum, has supplied hulls Continue reading