Bart Jan IJzerman has been appointed the new agent of VMG Yachtbuilders in the Med.
What is your background and how does this relate with VMG?
I have been on the water since I can remember, sailing dinghy’s, windsurfing and finally sailing on yachts from the harbor of Scheveningen (The Hague). I have 2 passions work wise, sailing and interior design, preferable both combined. Luckily, I was in the position to design several yacht interiors besides interiors for offices and private houses.
I sailed for 2 years professionally, cruising the Caribbean and Racing in the Mediterranean. Since then I kept on sailing regatta’s on different boats, Skippering, trimming, navigating the Mediterranean.
After 12 years having a successful interior design company, it was time for change. I know Tim van Daal already for years, and we were always brainstorming, discussing quality in yachting in a brought spectrum. Last summer we were sitting in the garden together with Matthijs, and we decided to work together. Me as an agent for Alicante where VMG started a service point for yachts up to 90ft. I believe that quality comes first, of course for the right price. We know that bargains are a risk for the long run.
What is the biggest joy in your work?
What I like most of my job is getting my customers the things they need and more. Most of the time you can advise from experience, and bringing that over to a client and finally deliver it in the work we do, and let a satisfied sailor leave port.
One of the challenges for me is to convince that quality comes with a price, although most of our clients already do.
What is your dream project?
Designing the ideal interior for a sail yacht with a different look on the interior (which is boiling in my head for years), combining my experience as a sailor with technology and craftsmanship of the yard. There is not much change in the interiors, besides material use, the overall layout is about the same as 25 years ago. Of course, that has a reason, but mainly because of the traditional thinking of production boat manufactures. The one-offs and mega yachts make the difference because they can.
How do you see the future of the yachting world?
Sustainability is getting more common than ever before. Especially in this period ruled by Corona, I expect that people more and more appreciate their surroundings and taking care of it. So less moving / flying around unless it’s really necessary. And in every stage of live appreciate quality instead of quantity.
For that reason, I choose also to be an agent for Oceanvolt, electric propulsion for boats from 6 to 20-meter yacht. The motors are capable of regenerating while sailing, which is a big advantage. And what is nicer to have no noise (apart from finely hear the prop in the water), no exhaust, no oils, no diesel and exhaust smell. That really improves the quality of sailing.