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Headquartered in the Netherlands, Quintessence Yachts is a company with a passion for using research and innovation to explore new ideas within the yachting arena. Our core mission is to provide highly exclusive maritime experiences in terms of style, performance and design.
At Quintessence Yachts we are committed to blowing a fresh wind through the boating world by offering genuinely new products. This is achieved by starting with strong concepts from the outset, blending stunning design, advanced technologies and the most exquisite craftsmanship.
Our partnership with Aston Martin shows how Quintessence Yachts is translating this vision into reality. As a symbiosis between the maritime and car worlds, the AM37 is a revolution in its own right – a powerboat that will exceed even the state-of-the-art quality Aston Martin clients expect.
We are convinced that you will be truly inspired.
Quintessence Yachts leverages on the broad know-how of its people to add value to the yachting lifestyle. Our rich concepts are based on a love of design and detail as we integrate super-car features into the powerboat experience.
The name of our company embodies what we stand for and is a byword for our entire philosophy. At Quintessence we offer a pure and unadulterated spirit of quality to the high-end yachting world. This thrilling blend of uniqueness and innovation is the energy that gave birth to Quintessence Yachts and the driving force behind all our activities today. It is the heart and soul of what we do and who we are.
The key to a Quintessence Yachts powerboat is the way in which a high-tech composite structure is allied to sports car-like handling, performance and comfort. The manufacturing process expresses the same high quality standards of the automotive luxury brands and the same superb attention to detail. This has been combined with a flawless design that succeeds in being both new and timeless in equal measure.
Production of the Aston Martin powerboats is carried out in a dedicated Quintessence Yachts facility near Southampton (UK). This ensures the same British soul that gives birth to some of the best sports cars in the world and involves a highly skilled staff with a long and proven track record in luxury yacht building.
Since its inception, Quintessence Yachts has established an effective collaborative relationship with various international organisations in the maritime sector.
Gstaad Yacht Club
The prestigious Gstaad Yacht Club was founded in 1998 by a group of sailing enthusiasts with strong links to Gstaad, and today has over 400 members from over 20 countries.
Its partnership with Quintessence Yachts and our ‘Earth meets Water’ approach makes perfect sense when you read these words from Gstaad Yacht Club patron H.M. King Constantine: “Our vision is to create a unique global yacht club away from the waters, instead of another yacht club by the water.”
HISWA Holland Yachting Group
Quintessence Yachts is a member of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group. This association represents the leading Dutch companies in the superyacht industry, all of which are celebrated for their ability to combine heritage, innovation and creativity as they create motor and sailing yachts of the highest quality.
Membership of the Holland Yachting Group is strictly reserved for the crème de la crème of the yards and supply companies with headquarters in the Netherlands, a country that is renowned for its unrivalled history of yacht building. Famous members include Feadship, Heesen, Royal Huisman and many other leading brands in their specific field. Quintessence Yachts looks forward to playing its part in further strengthening the competitive position of the Dutch yachting industry on the world stage.
Quintessence Yachts is a member of the British Marine for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial maritime industries. It leads and promotes the maritime industry and works with members to achieve sustainable growth in a competitive global environment via the provision of world-class goods and services. The British Marine supports over 1600 members with a range of services and expertise to help their business.
Royal Southern Yacht Club
Quintessence Yachts is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Royal Southern Yacht Club, which was established in 1837. The Club is located near the Quintessence Yachts construction yard in Southampton, where the AM37 is built.
Originally called the “Royal Southampton Yacht Club”, HM Queen Victoria became its patron in 1838, a role held today by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The original Club House, which still stands opposite Southampton’s Royal Pier, was built in 1846.
Quintessence Yachts and the Royal Southern Yacht Club share the same passion for sport and performance, as well as for excellence in quality and services.
The mission of Quintessence Yachts is to find genuinely innovative ways to translate classic concepts from outside the yachting industry into the maritime environment. A highly professional team of like-minded individuals from the Netherlands and across Europe has been assembled to bring this vision into reality. Our skilled marine craftsmen and engineers are specialised in their various disciplines.
A number of key suppliers to Aston Martin are also involved in order to achieve the same level of handcrafting and technical know-how on the Quintessence Yachts AM powerboats. Similarly, the materials used such as leather, metal, glass and wood all authentically reflect Aston Martin brand values.
Mariella has broad experience in brand and business development at world-renowned companies such as Disney and Ferrari. This has given her the ideal combination of marketing and communication skills plus a rich understanding of luxury and technological environments.
Previous roles include being retail director at The Walt Disney Company Italy before joining Ferrari, where she was, respectively, sponsor & new business development manager, corporate communication manager and director of the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Mariella has been responsible for prestigious events such as the Automobili Lamborghini 50th Anniversary and the Ayrton Senna Tribute 1994/2014.
Her knowledge of the high-end automotive market and strong approach to teamwork made Mariella the perfect CEO for Quintessence Yachts, where she has effectively overseen all the company’s activities during an exceptionally exciting period.
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Head of Operations
Head of Operations Stefan Whitmarsh is a confident technical expert & MCA Y3 chief engineer with a vast experience in new builds, refits and shipbuilding in general. As a consultant he has worked with many yards and owners to ensure that the yacht or project concerned is completed to the highest standards achievable.
After serving in the British Armed Forces, Stefan decided on a career in building and managing custom yachts and high volume production boats. This has given him valuable knowledge of the maritime industry and, having held senior positions in many companies, Stefan is now considered a leading authority in shipbuilding and manufacturing methods.
Stefan’s leadership, technical knowledge, drive, passion and determination to succeed is well known by his peers and an asset to any maritime project. He joined Quintessence Yachts in September 2016 as Head of Operations.
René de Keijzer
René joined Quintessence Yachts as CFO. René started his career in 1983 in International public accounting and worked for KPMG and Arthur Andersen.
In 1991 he started his own accounting and advisory firm De Keijzer Nipius in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
He merged his firm of one hundred employees with Crowe Horwath and resigned from this firm in 2016.
René managed various projects for his clients, amongst others three IPO’s, company restructurings and mergers.
He also acted as interim manager in several occasions.