The wonderful world of windshields

The relentless march of technical progress onboard today’s yachts is by no means exclusive to machinery and equipment. Highly visual exterior features are also created by increasingly refined processes, and the stainless steel and glass work of Holland Yachting Group member Beekmans typifies this trend. The company engineers, produces and installs some extraordinarily sophisticated – and strikingly beautiful – products, including stairways, entrance systems and even golf hatches.

One of the innovations from Beekmans is an inventive method for producing ‘bent glass’ structures such as windshields. The company first takes digital measurements, storing the data in a programme that allows the owner to view, alter and approve the windshield in 3D form before production even gets underway. The windshields themselves have the appearance of one complete glass panel and Beekmans also takes care of all engineering and installation.

In addition to supplying leading Dutch and European yards with customised windshields, this streamlined process means Beekmans is now serving clients the world over. One of the superyachts that benefits from Beekmans’ one-stop-shop approach to curved glass is the 54-metre Fortunate Sun (previously Perfect Prescription), built in Australia.

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