As a general manager one is expected to have a sound understanding of all the main areas of yacht building, while also supporting staff and clients alike in the key decision-making processes. Having started in the yard almost 20-years ago as a mechanic, I’ve since had the roles of outfitting manager, assistant purchaser, production manager and assistant sales manager. My experience in these diverse fields has made me fully aware of the challenges our craftsmen and office personnel face.
Meet Bram Kooltjes, General Manager
Whether we are building a 15-metre motorboat or a 38-metre superyacht, the foundations remain the same for the yard. But our clients all have different expectations for the project and when owner’s reps or class surveyors are added to the new build team the general manager has to take a firm hands-on approach, equivalent to that of an orchestra conductor.
Having been involved in 106 new builds to date in my career, I’ve pretty much seen it all. Nonetheless, there’s nothing I like more than to be challenged with the next refit or new-build project. My goals are to help create something special, make things even better, keep the process smooth and, above all else, ensure the closest possible connection between all aspects of the work at hand. Only when a yard’s building team are completely in tune, working in complete harmony with each other, can I say that my day has been a success.