Megayacht News Leadership Series: Klaas Hakvoort, Hakvoort Shipyard

Closing in on its 100th anniversary, Hakvoort Shipyard remains a family affair. Based in Monnickendam, a traditional Dutch seafaring town, the yard is currently operated by the fourth generation of Hakvoorts. Hakvoort’s director, Klaas Hakvoort, carefully observed as his father, Albert, steered the company into bigger megayacht territory. Klaas himself has overseen a physical expansion Continue reading


Megayacht News Leadership Series: JB Turner, Front Street Shipyard

As the president and general manager of Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, which opened in 2011, JB Turner has put the region on the megayacht map. His extensive yacht-building knowledge and his personal rapport with owners and yacht crew alike have earned him an enviable reputation. That, along with the business savvy he and Continue reading


Guy Couach, Founder of Guy Couach Shipyard: 1926-2014

Guy Couach, who established the famed eponymous shipyard in France (now called Couach Yachts), passed away on January 6. He was 88 years old. Born in 1926, Guy (pronounced “gee,” with a hard “g”) had the nautical life in his blood. His grandfather was Albert Couach, who established Couach Motors, a manufacturer of marine engines, Continue reading