Our Team We are Boat Doctor

  • RutgerVanBemmel2 Rutger van Bemmel, boat builder and Founder of Boat Doctor S.L.

Boat Doctor is an all-round nautical service company located next to Marina Port Vell Barcelona, and is specialized in maintenance, repairs and refits. After many years of experience in sailing and boat project management in the Barcelona-area as well as on international level, Boat Doctor has contacts with several of the best specialists within their field of expertise ready to assist at any moment.


We all love sailing for different reasons, but there is one thing we have in common: we like to enjoy our free time without worries. When returning to your yacht after a period of absence, you would not want to spend the first days cleaning and checking, searching and waiting for professional assistance. Our services range from weekly checks and maintenance to complete refits and customizing of yachts, for one-time passengers or regular customers. We recognize that every yacht and owner is different, so upon your arrival in Barcelona we will map your wishes and desires to adapt our services to the needs of you and your yacht. After that you can safely leave the care for your yacht in our hands: we ensure our professional assistance at all times to keep your yacht in the state of excellence it was designed for.

North meets South

Our company facilitates contact on both sides and provides a bridge colliding them. Not only was it very difficult for owners to find the right people to maintain their yacht, the issue of language difference is also a big obstacle for many of the foreign owners. By acting as intermediary, Boat Doctor fills the gap between yacht owners and the Barcelona maritime experts.
Our team is internationally orientated and speaks multiple languages. The Dutch marine knowledge and the Mediterranean coast turn out to fit together perfectly. Punctuality, preciseness and quality service are our most appreciated features.

Quality & Reliability

Our objective is to provide an all-inclusive service to our customers in Barcelona. From the moment you want to buy your yacht, sail, and maintain it to the point of selling it: we are there if you need any help. We do not just carry out a business transaction, we watch over what characterizes an essential part of your life! It is important for us to develop a close, personal relationship with our customers: we know every single one by name and surname, history and individual taste. This is why many of our customers stay with us for many years, leading to a relation of great trust and mutual loyalty. We will always put in our utmost effort to get the best for our customers.

Rutger van Bemmel

Rutger van Bemmel is a Dutch naval engineer by study and a huge sailing and boat lover by heart. Boat Doctor was founded by Rutger van Bemmel in June 2008. Rutger founded Boat Doctor as a freelancer, helping out yacht owners of the Marina Port Vell with small repairs. In January 2009, Boat Doctor became an official S.L(Sociedad Limitada) and expanded by hiring personnel and adding various partners to its network. At the present time, Rutger has extended Boat Doctor to be a familiar name and is a contact for yacht owners in Marina Port Vell and surrounding ports of Barcelona. Rutger himself speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, German and also the nautical language. After many years of living in Barcelona he understands how to work with the local professionals.

Vision & Mission

We believe in a transparent relationship with our client and we are determined to design the best care plan for your yacht. Our mission is to supply in every required service for as long as your boat is based in a Barcelona port, from the moment you buy it until you want to sell it. We serve as a service company within a network of suppliers and professionals: we will always look for the best solution taking into account our customer’s practical and emotional demands.


Boat Doctor provided excellent service for my Beneteau 57, which I kept in Port Vell Marina for the winter season.  I traveled back and forth from the US to Barcelona, and while I was away, Boat Doctor looked after my boat.  I was always comfortable that she was well taken care of.  The fact that they are located in the marina means that they check on things much more often than an off-site company could.  I also used Boat Doctor to arrange for maintenance and repairs, including rigging, engine maintenance, and electrical work.  They know who the best marine tradespeople are, and do an excellent job supervising them.  I can recommend them without any hesitation!” – Michael – S/Y Splendido, Bénéteau 57

Property is a burden and property abroad is a disaster!
There is some truth to this expression, definitely when it comes to boats with which there´s always something missing on the most inconvenient moments. It´s really not easy to explain your problem in Spanish and where do you find the best professionals to do the job? An intermediary such as Boat Docter is really a solution: they speak the language and have a network of experts. They do what they promise, deliver on time and for a reasonable price. I am very satisfied with Boat Doctor and have excellent experiences with Rutger and his colleagues and I can recommend them strongly¨.  – Ed – S/Y Eleonora, Contest 46

Very nice and correct people, know what they are doing, they know the specialists to get things done if necessary, and they keep their promises !” – Mario – S/Y X -en Weg X Yacht 45