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WA Yachting Consultants
Overstag 20
8221 RG  Lelystad
The Netherlands

T  +31 320 21 88 47

info@wa-yachtingconsultants.com
www.wa-yachtingconsultants.com

WA Yachting Consultants

Specialists in yachting, marina, and waterfront development.
We are an independent Dutch consultancy firm that works with Dutch and international organisations in waterfront development.

Products and Services

  • Specialists
  • Yachting development studies
  • Yachting network planning
  • Marina design and feasibility
  • Yachting impact studies (Natura 2000)
  • Yachting quality review

WA Yachting Consultants’ services focus on the beginning and end stages of waterfront development.  Through market research, feasibility studies, and other analyses, our team of experts can help develop a waterfront idea into a robust concept plan.  We also specialise in the evaluation of waterfront projects, including SWOT analysis.  We work independently, but also with teams of architects, designers, engineers, operators, and suppliers across all stages of a waterfront project.


Projects

Yachting Development in the Netherlands in 2030, 2040 and 2050

Yachting Development in the Netherlands in 2030, 2040 and 2050

As part of its national market and capacity analysis of the use of waterways, bridges and locks in the future, the National Water Board of the Netherlands (Rijkswaterstaat) has commissioned WA Yachting Consultants to develop a projection for recreational boating in 2030, 2040 and 2050. More

Pontsteiger: Concept, Layout and Feasibility for Marina, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Pontsteiger: Concept, Layout and Feasibility for Marina, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

In 2014 WA was asked by developers Dura Vermeer and De Nijs and architect Arons en Gelauff to create a concept and layout including financial feasibility for a marina which will be part of the latest extension to Amsterdam’s waterfront, the iconic ‘Pontsteiger’ or Ferry Pier building. Berths in the marina will be sold to residents of the building, delivery is expected at the end of 2017. More

A New Waterfront and Marina in Walvis Bay, Namibia

A New Waterfront and Marina in Walvis Bay, Namibia

Walvis Bay is a unique settlement 1400 km north of Cape Town. The natural features of the area, thriving sea life, and pleasant atmosphere of the community make Walvis Bay a special place. WA Yachting Consultants was invited to participate in an international tender by the Namibian Port Authority (Namport) for a new waterfront and marina in Walvis Bay. To meet the full spectrum of needs of the project, we formed a winning team with Waterfronts NL partner Royal HaskoningDHV  and the Namibian companies Macintosh and Lautenbach architects and Jordaan Oosthuysen Nangolo. The first phase of the study was completed in 2014 with the main objectives of creating an integrated plan for a new marina and waterfront in terms of technical-, financial-, environmental- and socio economic feasibility. More

Research into 'End of Life' Boats in the Netherlands

Research into 'End of Life' Boats in the Netherlands

WA Yachting Consultants was commissioned by the Dismantling Yard ‘t Harpje, the Netherlands Yacht Building Industry (NJI), HISWA Holland Marine Industry, the Royal Dutch Yachting Union (KNWV) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs to investigate the number of 'end of life' boats (ELBs) in the Netherlands.
The study outlines current trends, reports on the number of boats in water and on land, and estimates the current and projected number of ELBs. This is further broken down into weight of materials to determine the scale of the problem and the opportunities for creating dismantling facilities. More

Xiamen Yachting Industry Development Plan, China

Xiamen Yachting Industry Development Plan, China

In spring 2014, Royal HaskoningDHV and WA Yachting Consultants were commissioned to create a short and long term development plan for the optimization of the entire existing yachting industry chain in Xiamen. The project included developing recommendations for the optimization of the surrounding yachting network, and to create five sketch designs for new marinas. The team also executed the Xiamen Yachting Development Prophase Study in 2006 and was keen to see how the industry has developed over the last eight years. More

Strategic Vision for the Yachting Industry

Strategic Vision for the Yachting Industry

In 2013, Waterfronts NL was commissioned to develop a Strategic Vision for the Yacht Valley Project, a cross-border cooperation between the coastal regions of France, England, Belgium and the Netherlands in the English Channel area. To face the issue of a declining yachting industry in northwestern Europe, the Yacht Valley Project focuses on creating nautical "service centres" on redevelopment sites, giving old and often derelict industrial waterfronts new life. The strategic vision includes 18 building blocks for SMEs, and specific recommendations for five nautical service centres. The project is financed by the European INTERREG IV A 2 Seas Cross-border Operational Program. More

Yachting Consumers' Spending Habits

Yachting Consumers' Spending Habits

For the first time in yachting history, the number of yachts in the Netherlands' 1,500 marinas has decreased. The effects are being felt across the yachting industry. WA Yachting Consultants was commissioned to conduct a survey to uncover how berth holders and guests in marinas make consumer choices, to reveal how the industry can better provide for their needs. More

Amstelkwartier: Concept Through Developer Selection, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Amstelkwartier: Concept Through Developer Selection, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

In 2012 WA Yachting Consultants was commissioned by the municipality of Amsterdam to create a concept, undergo feasibility and seek a developer for a unique plot in the heart of Amsterdam. The Amstelkwartier is set to become a new hotspot with around 5,000 houses and apartments on Amsterdam’s Amstel river. The final plan included a marina with 100 berths, a restaurant, bar and terrace, an Information Centre for electric boats including sales office, rental fleet and service point, a covered car park and a floating swimming pool. The financial feasibility study was conducted together with the municipality. In 2013, WA was appointed member of the selection committee to first seek and then select a developer for the site. The marina is now in the design and engineering phase and expected to be delivered in 2016 . More

Montenegro Marina Development

Montenegro Marina Development

WA Yachting Consultants was invited to Montenegro to assess yachting and marina opportunities along the coast, make recommendations regarding marina development, and to provide initial concept designs for two selected sites. After traversing much of the coast and visiting half a dozen locations, a SWOT analysis was performed on each of these sites, exploring everything from access, local stakeholders, water depth, estimated development costs, through to attractiveness of sites. More

Converting Amsterdam's Canal Cruises to Electric

Converting Amsterdam's Canal Cruises to Electric

Amsterdam's canal cruises are very popular year round. Approximately 3 million tourists take Amsterdam's 237 registered canal cruises annually, where 93 of them are the well-known large "glass boats". Additionally to the canal boats, there are almost 39 classic saloon boats, 77 sloops and a variety of city tenders, water taxis and classic barges.  More

Vision for Monnickendam's Waterfront

Vision for Monnickendam's Waterfront

Monnickendam is a quaint, traditional Dutch town 15 km north of Amsterdam situated on the Markermeer – part of the former inland sea. More

Yachting Infrastructure and Development in Fengxian, China

Yachting Infrastructure and Development in Fengxian, China

In 2006 WA Yachting Consultants, Royal HaskoningDHV and SUBDI, the Shanghai Urban Planning & Design Research Institute, delivered a Yachting Industry Master Plan for Fengxian. It is an excellent example of the opportunities and difficulties often encountered in China. More

Yachting and Marina Development in the Dutch Wadden Sea

Yachting and Marina Development in the Dutch Wadden Sea

The Dutch Wadden Sea is an important intertidal zone with tidal flats and wetlands rich in bio-diversity, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2007, a covenant to balance recreation with nature was signed by 27 governments and organizations. More

Olympics in 2028

Olympics in 2028

A century after the Olympic Games were hosted in Amsterdam in 1928, The Netherlands had set its sights on hosting the 2028 Olympic Games. The Port of Scheveningen near The Hague, well known for its international sailing regattas, was interested in hosting the Olympic Sailing Event. WA Yachting Consultants was asked to assess the requirements for hosting this event. More

The Frisian Lakes Project, the Netherlands

The Frisian Lakes Project, the Netherlands

With about 35.000 yachts in marinas and canals, the province of Friesland is regarded as the most popular yachting area in the Netherlands. To improve the quality of the yachting network, the province invested via the Frisian Lakes Project over € 400 million in the past 15 years. This resulted in heightened bridges, widened canals, new tunnels for cars to prioritize boats at ground level, and improved yachting facilities around the province. More

Cruise and Yachting Industry Development Strategy, Shenzhen, China

Cruise and Yachting Industry Development Strategy, Shenzhen, China

Over the last 30 years, Shenzhen has grown from a modest fishing village into a global port city with over 10 million inhabitants. As a relatively young city neighboring the city of Hong Kong, Shenzhen has focused its energy on developing its water tourism industry. Together with RoyalHaskoningDHV, WA Yachting Consultants delivered a Cruise and Yachting Development Strategy and Action Plan for Shenzhen, covering the whole spectrum of activities and businesses, including tourism products, economic drivers, added value, value chain, investments required, and planning of phased implementation. More

Yachting & Maritime Tourism Development Plan for Abu Dhabi

Yachting & Maritime Tourism Development Plan for Abu Dhabi

WA Yachting Consultants, together with a consortium of companies lead by EIN Quality Development including DHV and Mecanoo Architects was commissioned a Yachting & Maritime Tourism Development Plan for ALDAR, the prime property developer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More

Galernaya Gavan, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Galernaya Gavan, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Together with CRATE Architects the opportunities for a marina in the Galernaya Gavan were assessed. In this area the historic remains can be found of the first shipyard of tsar Peter I the Great (1672-1725). Because of its history it is a valuable cultural site.  More

Benchmarking Yachting and Cruise Opportunities, Flanders, Belgium

Benchmarking Yachting and Cruise Opportunities, Flanders, Belgium

WA Yachting Consultants performed an analysis of the yachting and cruise industries in Flanders compared to Holland and other European countries. The findings of the anlaysis indicated that the yachting and cruise facilities are still under-developed in Flanders, though there is great potential to capitalize on the areas interesting rivers, canals, and beautiful cultural cities. The benchmark exercise presented many suggestions, ready for implementation. More

Yachting Opportunities in Suzhou, China

Yachting Opportunities in Suzhou, China

In 2005 WA Yachting Consultants and DHV completed the Jinji Lake Yachting Master Plan. Jinji Lake is situated west of Shanghai in the middle of the famous Suzhou Industrial Park. In order to allow for yachting development, the lake has been dredged to create 3 meters of water depth. The Yachting Master Plan advises full service yachting opportunities for Jinji Lake and surrounding areas and indicates designs for marina development on various locations. More

Yachting in the Netherlands

Yachting in the Netherlands

Because of the possible introduction of a boat owners tax, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality required insight in the total number of yachts and boats in the Netherlands (motor yachts, sailing yachts, open boats, even windsurfs and canoes). WA Yachting Consultants was commissioned to undertake an extensive inventory covering the entire country. The total number of yachts was assessed at just over 500,000. More

Yachting Master Plan for the Dalian Coastal Area, China

Yachting Master Plan for the Dalian Coastal Area, China

In 2005 a Yachting Industry Development Master Plan for the province of Dalian in China was successfully completed and presented to the Dalian Government. The plan describes all yachting and yachting network opportunities along the Dalian coast. More

Qingdao, China

Qingdao, China

Under the leadership of DHV Group and in partnership with Inter Boat Marinas, WA Yachting Consultants reviewed the Qingdao Sailing Venue Master Plan for consistency with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Sailing Federation (ISAF) standards, and developed concept plans for post-Olympic integration with the wider waterfront re-development of Qingdao. More

Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Plan, China in 2003

Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Plan, China in 2003

The Shanghai Yachting Industry Master Plan was the inaugural project of WA Yachting Consultants in China. In 2003, WA was invited by Royal HaskoningDHV to team up with other Dutch specialists, including Waterfront NL partner KuiperCompagnons. Opportunities for yachting development in the entire province were assessed and yachting pioneers in China like Yang Xinfa and Alistair Skinner were interviewed. The study resulted in a range of recommendations, including suggestions for practical rules and regulations. Since then, WA has completed a dozen yachting projects and master plans along the Chinese coast, including a recent Yachting Development Plan for Xiamen in 2014, again with our long-time partner Royal HaskoningDHV. More