Students from the Perspectief Foundation at the Shipyard de Chinook have taken over 35,000-man hours to build a vessel. The result of this hard work is the 14m Lesboot Union which was officially named at a ceremony in IJmuiden, Holland.
Lesboot Union is equipped with a keel cooled Perkins® M150Ti, which is part of the 1006 Series, and is the most compact engine of its class offering great flexibility in boat design, particularly when installed in a new build. As with all Perkins engines, the M150Ti comes with a 500 hour service interval, is reliable, clean and quiet in its operation and offers ease of installation. The engine has been sold through the Perkins Dutch distributor Kemper en Van Twist (KVT), who, next year will celebrate 180 years existence and has been the distributor of Perkins marine engines in Holland for many years.
The build took place at the Shipyard de Chinook by students who have been learning about steel boat building, technical installations, and interiors. Each of the students have been given another chance in life, to encourage them away from crime and help them learn skills that they can go on to develop a career around.
“This was a good project to be involved with,” said Rob de Wijs, marine account manager at KVT. “Projects such as this, give new opportunities to those who have perhaps taken an undesirable path. It is great to see people’s lives being turned around for the better.”
Mrs Marang, chairman of the Union Foundation, officially named the vessel, the Lesboot Union, in front of 130 guests. The finished boat will be used to teach students at the Martiem College IJmuiden and Technisch College Velsen about boat handling, maintenance and seamanship.
On behalf of Perkins marine engines, Rob presented a complete set of maintenance parts for the M150Ti to Persectief project manager and teacher Michel Kaspers during the naming ceremony on September 14, 2017.