It started back in 2002 when Hans van Veen opened a shipyard in the Dutch town of Uithoorn. Soon, a wide range of various yachts were being built. “We focus on the right sailing characteristics and excellent technical quality,” Van Veen says, when explaining the fast success of his company. “Our after-sales budget is minimal, because our ships are built with highend quality.” Expansive growth in such a short period required the company to move, and Vedette Jachtbouw now resides in Ter Aar, where there is space for the latest technologies to build ships that are up to 15 metres long.