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HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design & Yacht Construction

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The 24th International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction kicks off the METSTRADE show at RAI Amsterdam from 14-15 November.

This distinguished two-day scientific symposium focuses on innovation and cutting-edge technology in areas as diverse as electronic propulsion, structural design inspired by nature, parametric design and hydrodynamics in wind-assisted ships.

Well-known brands taking part include Feadship and Damen, as well as the scientific and research institutes Delft University and MARIN.

The symposium is intended for yacht builders, yacht designers, marine scientists, marine engineers and R&D experts, as well as students with an interest in the yachtbuilding industry. The 2016 edition also focuses on data monitoring, sustainability, hybrid propulsion, advanced propulsion, structural limits, design limits and innovations in sailing yachts.

Sharing yachtbuilding know-how

Renowned universities, knowledge institutions and leading industry experts from around the globe will share their findings with the audience. Kasper Uithof, project manager at Hull Vane, will give a lecture on the application of the Hull Vane on yachts.

“This fixed wing under the aft segment of the vessel recovers part of the energy in the wake and provides fuel savings. We will show how Computational Fluid Dynamics are used to calculate the optimal shape.” said Kasper.

Damen will also present its unique SeaXplorer expedition yacht, explaining its development and its ‘double acting hull’ concept

“More and more owners are heading to geographically and climatically extreme areas of the world. A trip to the Arctic asks more in terms of resistance to storms and ice or self-sufficiency in food and fuel than standard yacht designs can provide. Damen engineers have pulled out all the stops to meet the strict IMO Polar Code without compromising on the luxurious accommodations.” said product director Mark Vermeulen.

HISWA Symposium


The International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Yacht Construction is an exciting opener to the METSTRADE week which takes place from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 November this year.

More information is available via the exhibition page, and relevant resources and exchanges can be had throughout the year – and especially in the lead up to the show itself – via the recently launched METSTRADE online community.

The HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design & Yacht Construction is organised by HISWA Holland Yachting Industry (the national association of watersport industries), RAI Amsterdam and the Delft University of Technology and is co-sponsored by Feadship, Damen Shipyards and Marin.

For further information please contact Michaël Steenhoff: +31 (0)20 705 14 02, m.steenhoff@hiswa.nl

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