Bloemsma Van Breemen 134' "Valquest"An Artful Masterpiece Takes To The Sea by YachtForums Publisher Carl Camper Artful. Stunning. Another new approach from this creative Dutch builder gives YF’s sail-yacht fanciers a view that is simply... enchanting. She is so pretty, yet precisely thought out; like one of those perfect, precious, glass-encased 1/50th-size models we see at a boat show. Yet, this is no untouchable toy; she’s a gorgeous, one of a kind magnum opus. All grown up at 134’, sloop rigged with a high performance streamlined hull, Valquest was designed by Dubois, an award winning Naval Architect; and she is even more striking close-up in person. A high performance yacht built entirely in aluminum, cleverly equipped with dual headstays, a roll-away boom with captive winches and hydraulically operated running backstays, she ranks number 7 in the Dutch builder’s repertoire of glamorous sailing vessels; their largest so far, in this genre. Builder Nico van Breemen is quite proud of this lovely lady; as he certainly should be. The technical excellence of BvB's yachts can be directly attributed to the background of the yard’s owners/managers, Nico and his wife Marjan Van Breemen. Having spent their early years at sea working on tankers and later converting an ex-soviet seismic ship, the couple set up their own technical installation company in 1991 and quickly gained a reputation for quality work. One of their contacts was the Bloemsma yard in Makkum, which built steel and aluminum hulls plus superstructures for other yacht builders such as Feadship. Nico and Marjan took over the yard’s operations and experienced work force in 1997 and thus was born the Bloemsma Van Breemen yard, focused on building complete custom yachts for experienced owners. Based on the yards excellence and experience, leading designers and naval architects such as Vripack, Pieter Beeldsnijder, and DeVries Lentsch immediately recommended BVB to owners for projects. Talk about references! Home to the Bloemsma Van Breemen is Makkum, located just one hour from Schiphol, Amsterdam, as well as Groningen Eelde airport for private jets. Boat building has been a major occupation in Makkum, ensuring a constant pool of skilled craftsmen to BVB and other major yards. The fact that the town is also at the center of the Dutch maritime supply cluster, adds further value to this location.