The people behind Vanclaes

Stian Duijvelaar

Manager/owner/product developer/designer of the Vanclaes boat trailers and the automated trailer ramp, but most of all an aquatic sports enthusiast. At age 19, after being a skipper on a local ferry in the weekends for years, Stian began working as an ice-cream salesman on the Dutch lakes in addition to his regular education. This company took off quickly, leading to 6 ice-cream boats and 5 ice-cream mopeds in no time at all. The plot he rented for storage of the boats and bikes had to be expanded and before long, parts of it were hired out to clients who wanted to store their boats or boat trailers.

After several successful years with many small and large investments, this location at the Zinkweg 9 in Alphen aan den Rijn became the basis for what is now known as the Dry Marina. The clients of the Dry Marina can store their boat throughout the year on a boat trailer in their own storage box. A remarkable user-friendly automated trailer ramp system allows them to easily launch their own boat without the use of a car or other heavy equipment.

The automated trailer ramp was Stian’s first step towards developing a product that manages to resolve a number of inconveniences while providing a solution that is as simple as it is effective. By now, this unique automated trailer ramp has been sold to a number of domestic and foreign marinas, municipalities and project developers. Like the Vanclaes boat trailers and boat storage systems, it is produced entirely in Vanclaes’ own factory.

Through the Dry Marina and the automated trailer ramp, Stian frequently came into contact with all kinds of brands and types of boat trailers. As a dealer for one of the Dutch brands, many boat trailers were sold and delivered to both clients of his marina and to outsiders. However, dissatisfaction with the boat trailers available on the market and the lack of user-friendliness made Stian decide to design, develop and ultimately produce the ultimate boat trailer himself.

At the end of 2012, this resulted in the creation of the Vanclaes boat trailer as we now know it. The Vanclaes boat trailer was unveiled during the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show in 2013. This was just the first of many trade shows and events where Vanclaes made a big impression with its unique design and high levels of quality and functionality.

The crowning achievement was winning the DAME Award during the METS, the international Marine Equipment Tradeshow in Amsterdam. A panel of twelve international judges awarded the highest aquatic sports-related award to Vanclaes for its innovative character and durable design. Barely a year after its introduction, the one hundredth Vanclaes Customshop boat trailer rolled off the assembly line. This shows that Stian is definitely not the only one to recognise the advantages of a Vanclaes Customshop boat trailer. Stian wants to make his ideas and the products he develops available for everyone, however, which is why he also developed the Vanclaes Standard Boot Trailers, which were introduced in the summer of 2014.

Stian prefers to walk around on the factory floor or talk to aquatic sports enthusiasts or entrepreneurs about ways to further improve the Vanclaes boat trailers and other Vanclaes products.However, he can also frequently be found in the Vanclaes Experience Center or at Vanclaes events or tradeshows. In addition to plotting and maintaining the course of Vanclaes and his other companies, Stian, assisted by his entire sales team, is also actively involved with both national and international business partners and dealers.

Richard Servaas – Operational manager

Since June 2013, Richard is responsible for the entire operation and corporate process within Vanclaes. Richard translates Stian’s course and vision into actions and makes sure that the company has a pleasant, safe and productive atmosphere, both in the office and on the factory floor. With his years of experience in production and assembly as well as with logistical aspects, he makes sure that Vanclaes can quickly produce and deliver its unique boat trailers and all other products. Richard, like Stian, believes in actions rather than words and the sanctity of a deal. This protects Vanclaes’ no-nonsense attitude even when Stian is not around.

Sybren Kramer – Accountmanager Netherlands and Belgium

In September 2013 Sybren joined the Vanclaes team. Sybren is a relationship builder and manager who has effectively applied his boundless enthusiasm and love for aquatic sports to the market. Sybren’s area of operations is the Netherlands and Belgium and his objective is to further expand the Vanclaes Business Partner network. Additionally, he supports existing partners in their sales of Vanclaes boat trailers. Sybren can often be found in the Vanclaes Experience Center, but he is usually travelling across the land to visit new and existing partners. Sybren is also a familiar face at Vanclaes tradeshows and events.

Dries Kaufman –Technical advisor for vehicles and regulations and quality control

After his career at the RDW, Dries was asked by Stian to join him when the idea to build his own boat trailer truly began to take shape. Partly due to the innovative character of the Vanclaes boot trailers and the use of – for this conservative market – highly unusual techniques, materials and designs, Dries’ input and control were a gigantic help. His nearly forty years of experience as a vehicle inspector and corporate admission consultant at the RDW have allowed Vanclaes to bring an even better, more complete and safer product on the market, which is still continuously being improved. His passion for regulation, monitoring of production and quality control processes and the elimination of faults and legal irregularities give Vanclaesthe opportunity to set itself apart from the competition and continuously improve its products and services. Stian has grasped this chance with both hands and made it a part of Vanclaes’ DNA from day one.

Mirjam Voskuilen –Work preparation, purchasing and inventory management

Mirjam joined the Vanclaes team in early 2014. Purchasing, production control and inventory management are just a few of her strong suits. Her years of experience with modular production and assembly are an excellent match with the unique production process of the Vanclaes Customshop boat trailer. Mirjam maintains communication with our suppliers, keeps inventory updated and makes sure that sales orders are produced and delivered as promised.