Spirit of the Oceans is a joint venture between the dutch SRF Shipyard in Harlingen, and the german Houseboat consultancy and dealer Marina Düsseldorf. Both companys have a experience of over 40 years.
The goal of our joint activities, is to give historic ships such as Luxe Barges, Coastal freighters, Rescue Vessels, Ferrys, or Fishing Boats a new lease of life as a unique residential, hotel or event boat.
The Marina Düsseldorf is responsible for the conceptual design. We design business-plans and develop a cost overview in cooperation with the shipyard.
A first plan was developed for a houseboat with overnight guests. Other projects followed, such as the event boat Voorwaarts and a luxury houseboat with spa area.
Do you have initial ideas or do you want to acquire a worthwhile investment object? We can advise you.
Marina Special Services
Creating location analyzes
Creation of a business plan
Marketing concepts for rentals
Arrangement of moorings
Am Handelshafen 30
40221 Duesseldorf - Germany
SRF is the responsible shipyard at Spirit of the Oceans. We build or rebuild for you, customization with your wishes. We have many years of experience in shipbuilding. Visit us in Harlingen. You can also visit some boats in the harbor.
SRF Special Services
Extension of the hull
Shortening of the hull
Welding new floor tiles
Installation of engines and other technology
A rich history
The history of SRF takes us back to 1975, when Lex Tichelaar started his one-man business by refitting old boats from a floating workshop in Leeuwarden. Our company, managed by four partners, has grown into a shipyard that measures
1,500 m² and that is equipped with extensive facilities for ship building, refits and repairs, in the port of Harlingen.
SRF has always been a market leader in charter shipping, but over the years our expertise has widened to the classic segment, the sailing and motor charter segments and houseboats. We are a total partner for the entire development process, from working out your idea right up to the completion of a fully operational boat. As we have all the necessary expertise, the possibilities are endless, we give every client customised advice.
8861 KN Harlingen
Olivier van Meer - Yacht Architect
OvM is a well-known Dutch yacht architect.
In 2017, he founded a new joint venture with Rolf Gast (owner of marina duesseldorf) to build innovative houseboat projects. Two own brands FLEXX LIVING and FLOATING RESIDENCES, are entering the international yacht market for a “full comfortable life on the water”.
OvM and Rolf Gast also cooperate on the refit of classic ships, which are being converted into innovative houseboats and event ships.
Further information can be found under
Olivier van Meer Design
NL-1608 EX Wijdenes