At the Knysna (the K is silent) Yacht Company we believe that owning a yacht is a realization of your dream, and final evidence of your success and hard earned freedom.
The Knysna Yacht Company is based in Knysna, famed for the dangerous entrance to the Lagoon known as the Knysna Heads, and being situated on the East Coast of South Africa on the Indian Ocean; our yachts are tried and tested in some of the world’s most challenging sea conditions.
1000+ Hours Sailed
15+ Years Experience
Why Choose Us
Building since 2002
With over 15 years experience we focus on innovation, technology, creativity, craftsmanship, and safety, ensuring these remain at the forefront of international yacht building companies in their class.
With our clients we ensure that the many customization options, construction planning and execution, and even a better purchase price, are all to the benefit the owner.
Two Week Training
You get a 2-week training window on your yacht upon delivery at no extra charge will introduce the new owner to the Knysna 500SE – from equipment fitted to general boat-handling and anchoring. Very important for peace of mind before departing on major voyage.
Highest Attention to Detail
We focus on quality workmanship with exclusive boutique experience for our clients, building a limited number of yachts per year. With on-going discussions relating to the style, performance and your budget expectations.
Our Management Team
Kevin’s love of sailing and extensive experience in shop fitting and architectural planning gave him the expertise to customise the layout of the yacht’s interior, and creatively utilise every inch of space to meet the individual ‘lifestyle’ needs of his clients.
A passion for interior décor and design excellence is reflected in her comprehensive interior design consultancy service, works closely with clients offering an almost infinite selection of fabric swatches, finishes, and lighting, enabling stunning interiors from clean hi-tech minimalism to luxurious and sumptuous baroque.
A passion for and many years of experience in the implementation of systems and processes aimed at increasing efficiency in the manufacturing processes.
Quality Components & Products
why customers us!
Apart from being a real beauty (we get compliments, wherever we are) and a very luxourious home, a Knysna 500 SE is a fantastic sailing yacht. She is fast and at the same time sturdy despite her elegance. Most important of all: A Knysna 500 SE gives you the confidence to push her to the limits. She has not let us down those last 13’000 NM.
- Beat & Daniela -
We were about to order a sailing Cat from another builder when I was referred to Knysna Yacht Co by Colin Vianello, who bought hull 77, and was delighted with his purchase. I very much respected Colin’s opinion as he has owned another large Cat. I live in Australia and I would never have made such a significant investment with an overseas builder without the comfort of a respected referrer. I must say that from the day we made contact…
- Raymond Smith -
After 12 months of visiting various boatshows and looking at numerous catamarans we finally chose to have a Knysna 500SE custom built for us, mainly due to the boatbuilders ability to cater for our special requirements of customisation. After 12 months of building we were not dissapointed. Knysna Yacht Company managed to cater for nearly all of our unique requirements and the boat was delivered to us in November of 2012. Since then we have been cruising in the Indian…
- Heiko Niedermeier -
When the bunch of keys gets to big, we get restless and have the need to get out of the rutt. We did this before in 1998 and spent 2 1/2 years cruising the Indian ocean Islands on our first Catamaran "Ruby" a Dean 365, which was custom built for us. So when the bunch got too big again in 2013, it was time for our next adventure. From our previous experience, we knew exactly what we needed in our…
- Paul Greenwood -
Co-Owner SV-Catch My Drift
My wife, Ann, and I saw a Knysna yacht in Knysna and, having been aboard, fell in love with the design. A couple of years later we were very lucky to be able to place an order for the Knysna 500 SE and found both Kevin Fouche and his wife Rika to be incredibly patient and supportive throughout the building period and their after sales service is first class. We looked at many other catamarans of a similar size, but…
- Ann and Howard -
It’s easy to get caught up in the rat-race! As years of working life began passing in a blur of meetings, admin and many hours in airplanes, our fleeting moments of freedom happened all too seldom. But one such moment, an amazing and somewhat impromptu, yacht charter holiday in Madagascar with my adventure buddy Paul and our families, galvanised a long-held, but impossible desire to own a boat. Paul and I spent several years after that holiday visiting boat shows…
- Steve Erlank -
Co-Owner SV-Catch My Drift