The Huisman and Denison families have many intersections in the small, but special fraternity of Custom Yacht and Ship Building.
Both families started in the Shipyard Repair business, building both commercial and Navy ships (in fact, BROWARD MARINE built four Minesweepers for the Royal Dutch Navy in the 1950’s). Both yards also built a long line of wooden yachts, finally transitioning into Aluminum Construction in the 1960’s and 70’s.
“ROYAL” HUISMAN (the “ROYAL” prefix having been granted to the family’s yard by Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands in 1984) gained world-wide acclaim for their famous Sailing Yachts, many over 70 meters, custom-built for royalty and celebrities. BROWARD & DENISON built only Custom Motor Yachts, whose owners included a few celebrities and an occasional head of a country, but mainly for US Entrepreneurs.
I was privileged to meet Wolter Huisman in the late 1980’s, when Ann and I were given a personal tour of their famous shipyard. A year or so later, we returned the favor when he came to Fort Lauderdale to see our young boat-building operation, DENISON MARINE.
I say “young,” because DENISON began construction of its first series of Aluminum Motor Yachts in 1984, while HUISMAN was formed exactly 100 years earlier in 1884, when Jan Huisman set up his yard at Ronduite in Holland.
His son, the legendary Wolter Huisman (1931-2004) joined the company at the age of 13, while I started in the loft and stockroom at the same age.
We invite you to have your own private tour of this Classic Yacht. It will be easy for you to see the ROYAL HUISMAN “DNA” in the styling and joiner work.