FK Composites led by Freek Koppelmans. Freek was born in Drachten (Netherlands). From his teens he was always to be found on the water in all kinds of open boats. At age 18 he went to Falmouth, England to study boatbuilding. After this course he went to the Southampton Solent University, to study yacht and boat design. The University gives the following description of the study:
‘The BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design at Southampton Solent University is a well-established engineering degree that aims to produce graduates with the theoretical understanding and design skills of a professional naval architect working in the yacht and small craft industry. This could range from designing small racing sailing yachts through to a millionaire’s super yachts or patrol boats and commercial craft.
The naval architect/designer must take responsibility for the overall design, structure, speed and power, safety and stability of a craft. Emphasis is placed on practical examples and design applications, supported by computer-aided design (CAD) work. There are three principal themes running through all three years, broadly described as small craft technology, CAD and design practice, and engineering theory’.
From 1988 he has been working in the boatbuilding industry. In 1991 he started his own yard; FK boats. In 2008, the name of the company changed to FK composites. He is now very well know and valued in his field.