Knierim Yachtbau - directly at the Kiel Canal at km 96,5, just one mile away from the Holtenau locks
Knierim is a traditional boat yard founded in 1965 by Günter Knierim. During the following years, the company constantly grew and made a name for itself even beyond the German borders. In 2000 the boat yard was handed to over to Günter Knierim’s son Gunnar. Two years later business man and experienced offshore sailor Steffen Müller joint the company with the first new build project, a 86ft IRC racer, the then largest German ocean racer. At the same time Knierim Yachtbau moved to a new location directly at the Kiel Canal.
Since the beginning Knierim is specialized in high tech boat building, always looking for the best possible materials and technologies. Consequently in 2004 Knierim Tooling was founded to operate 3 huge milling machines to produce master plugs and moulds for all kind of composite parts, like boats, rotor blades for the wind industry, deck furniture for mega yachts and many more.
In the past years some prestigious projects have been launched at Knierim like the first German America’s Cupper GERMANY 1 (2006), the STP 65 CONTAINER (2008), the Brenta 60 UCA (2009), the very successful Ker 51 VARUNA (2012) and the Botin 65 IRC racer CARO (2013). Also several performance cruisers of 49ft, 53ft and 60ft have been built as well as some motor yachts of 33ft and 36ft. Most famous was the solar catamaran project TÛRANOR PLANET SOLAR (2010), a 31 meter long and 15 meter wide boat made of carbon with decks completely covered with solar cells. They delivered the power for the 2 engines that propelled the boat around the world.
Beside building boats Knierim offers winter storage in 2 large tempered halls, and uses its expertise from new boat building for excellent repair and refit work, for paint jobs, and for preparing race boats for the next regatta event. The facilities at the Kiel Canal with an own mobile crane are ideal to serve customer needs, whatever it is.