With a grandfather who started building wooden racing dinghies in the 1950s and a father who specialised in the construction of steel motoryachts, Steven and Melle come from a pedigree boatbuilding family. Raised in the northern part of the Netherlands, where much of their youth was spent racing on the famous Frisian lakes, a passion for sailing was born. This has since been translated into thriving careers for both the brothers.
Steven started his first company Da Vinci Yachts at the start of the millennium. This company is still going strong today and has already provided over 140 owners with a superb boat. Our boats are known for good quality and maintaining a high valuation at the second hand market.
This experience gives him all the knowledge it takes to build your Eagle to perfection. In 2015 Da Vinci Yachts was sold to our business partner who continued the business, allowing Steven to focus full time on Leonardo Yachts.
With a degree in naval architecture, a range of restoration projects and some 35,000 miles of salt water sailing under his belt, Melle can leverage on a wealth of technical knowledge and experience.
Within Leonardo Yachts the saying: ‘’Behind every great man there’s a great woman’’, is very true too. Steven his wife, Rachel, is the thriving force in the office to keep things going. Without Rachel, no Eagle’s.