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

About us

Boat Doctor was founded by Rutger van Bemmel in 2008. As a Dutch boat builder, sailor & yacht lover by heart, he built the company to what it is right now: a diverse company with a lot of different fields of expertise. Together with an average of 20 specialists working with us on a day to day basis we became an authority in the maritime sector of Catalonia.

We believe in a transparent relationship with our client, therefore we are determined to design the best care plan for your yacht. We will always look for the best solution, taking into account the practical and emotional needs based on the time frame we can work in.

Think global, act local

Boat Doctor works with an international approach. Being multilingual (Spanish, English, Dutch and German) you’re able to communicate in your own language.

With over 10 years of experience in the Barcelona area, Boat Doctor fills the gap between yacht owners (or its representatives) and the best maritime experts the region has to offer. Your yacht will be in good hands.


Boat Doctor was recommended to be by a trusted friend that has run numerous large sail yachts. I started working together with Boat Doctor when I arrived in Barcelona in 2016 to run a 48 meter commercial motor yacht. On my return to Barcelona with my current 40 meter private motor yacht, I continue to use the services of Boat Doctor. Rutger van Bemmel is professional, personal an knowledgeable. He has assisted me with the supply of excellent sub-contractors in the areas of paint, electrics, refrigeration and air conditioning, hydraulics, fabrication tender and jetski servicing, and cover making. Boat Doctor takes out the stress of finding contractors and suppliers in Barcelona and solves the language barrier. I highly recommend the Boat Doctor to get things done. ” – captain Matthew – M/Y Hemabejo3, Benetti 

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

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