Die beiden Werftgründer
Hans Jürgen Henningsen & Franz Steckmest

Stapellauf Wiking
Dockyard building no. 1 - First launching “Viking”

Grauhöft in Farbe
Grauhöft 1958

Baunummer 01
“Viking“ - 15m long passenger boat for the Schlei-navigation

1958 – 2008 – 50 Jears Henningsen & Steckmest
The possibility of independence occurred in November 1958 through the acquisition of the Dockyard by Heinrich Brix on basis of a lease.
Hans Jürgen Heningsen learned cutter building from Heinrich Brix und also practiced it, but he was a passionate sailor.

Franz Steckmest had learned yacht building from M & P in Arnis and practiced it for 20 years - so both boat building craftsmen complemented each other ideally.
The dockyard was made up of a dockyard hall with a slip installation, but there was neither a harbor nor a bank fixation.

One assistant and one apprentice were taken over and two standing orders:

1. Maintenance of the planking of the old Kappel swing bridge.

2. Maintenance of the groyne in front of Schlei estuary (it ought maybe to be reactivated so as to create a sand beach?)

In the first year the Schlei-navigation assigned the dockyard with the building of a 15m long passenger boat called the “Viking”.


Folke 01 im Bau
Dockyard building no. 2 - Nordic folk boat

Folke 01 im Bau
The couple who are the owners in the dockyard

Folke 01 fährt aus der Halle
Nordic folk boat “Kairos” leaves the Dockyard hall

Folke 01 Stapellauf
Preparations for the first launching

Folke 01 Stapellauf
1. First launching “Kairos” 1958

Folke 01 schwimmt und segelt
1. Boat testing on the Schlei

Dockyard-building no. 2
The second assignment was for the building of the Nordic folk boat - the first sailing boat that was built by Henningsen & Steckmest

It was a challenge for both boat builders, as neither had built a folk boat before. To develop more knowledge in this field both visited the Lind-dockyard in Denmark. Back then half a world tour - with a rented car and driver. Neither owned a car or a driver’s license.   

But they seemed to have done their work well - the “Kairos“ still lies in the dockyard's harbor, as pretty as on her first day.

Bootstaufe 5,5 KR
Ship naming dockyard no 7 “Tanja” 6 KR-Yacht

Dockyard number 3, “Noringa” 18m motor yacht, Constructing engineer Oehlmann

Stapellauf einer 5,5 KR
First launching “Tanja“

Rolf Steckmests erstes Boot
Rolf Steckmest's first boat - his father's masterpiece

First launching – a moving event
The next assignment arrived: An 18m motor yacht “Noringa” marked by Kurt Oehlmann.

A many facetted challenge. The ship was too high for the hall, so it had to be dug out a few meters deeper. That was the way things were made to fit.  

The wood for the yachts were delivered by train to Kappeln and in the first few years it was brought along the Schlei in hand wagons to the sawmill Grauhöft.

The number of workers grew and soon everybody on the coast knew that rather good ships were built at Grauhöft.  

At the beginning of the 60's sailing became more popular again and there were assignments for mahogany-yachts of the Danish constructing engineer Slaby Larsen. 10 boats of this type and a small series or KR-Yachts by the constructing engineer Anton Miglitsch from Bremen were built.  
Up to four wooden yachts were built by the crew at once in the old wooden hut, without a telephone – unimaginable today.

The assignments were sealed with a handshake, which also would not be possible today.    

Rolf Steckmest got his first boat - his father´s masterpiece.

Three KR-yachts

The proud owners with the owners of the dockyard on board the “Tanja”

Boat testing on the Flensburger Fjord

KR-batch production
The dockyard’s customers came from the close surrounding, that is Schleswig-Holstein-Hamburg

Even the people kept coming again, that is people exchanged their smaller Slaby Larsen for slightly more comfortable Miglitsch ships.

The yachts needed a place in the water. So the first bridge section was built with the mast crane. In the following years the harbor was continually extended and today there is room for 150 boats, of which one third is used by boats that were built here.

Baunummer 14
Boat testing on the Schlei

Sailing fun on the Schlei.

Werfthalle im Bau
The begin of building the winter storage hall

Werfthalle im Bau
The base is cast

Werfthalle im Bau
Topping-out ceremony can be celebrated

The first winter storage hall
The first winter storage hall, that was very large for standards of that time, was built mostly in active work.

Today what is stored here most are mahogany- and Scalar sailing yachts that were built in Grauhöft, which are looked after carefully by the dock yard crew.

SY Tonki
Dockyard Building number 28 “Tonki” 12,5m Miglitsch construction

3 Bootsbauer in Sonderburg
From left: Franz Steckmest, Hans-Jürgen Henningsen, Rolf Steckmest

Tonki in Sonderburg
The boat builders in Sonderborg - dockyard test sailing

Dockyard test launching
1965 Rolf Steckmest started his boats apprenticeship in his parent’s business. For financial reasons it was not possible to do so in a different business.   

The demand for mahogany yachts stayed high until the beginning of the 70’s and so Rolf Steckmest got a classic wood boat building education and could learn the many facetted practice of yacht building and yacht care taking from both old master craftsmen.  

As the Fa. Henningsen and Steckmest was supposed to take over the service for the Vindö yachts in Germany Rolf Steckmest went to Sweden for a short time to watch the construction of Vindö yachts so as to be able to offer service in this area.   

Afterward Rolf Steckmest worked for a year for the dockyard Hanseatic-Werft in Glücksstadt and learned the synthetic building.

Wanderer in Spanten
Dockyard building number 31 “Wanderer” being built

Eignerfamilie beim Werftbesuch
The owner family visiting the dockyard

6 KR-Yachten vor der Schleiperle / Arnis
KR-Yacht moorage to the Schleiperle in ArnisDockyard building number 31 “Wanderer” being built

Baunummer 25 – Miglitsch
Dockyard building number 25

Nils-Holgerson – 6,5 KR-Yacht
Dockyard building number 32 "Nils Holgerson" 6,5 KR-Yacht

Wanderer being built
Time and time again Individual type of build were built-specially for the owners-such as the ”Wanderer“ a 9,5 m long classic sailing yacht.

Also the dockyard built a 15m high 2 ice sailor (ice sailor) in accordance with the original plans from 1947, a motor launch with clinker for the schooner “Aschanti” and a 42 foot sailing yacht (Hull like that of the construction by Anton Miglitsch, Decks layout Scalar 36 DS).

Die erste Scalar 28 – Baunummer 40
Dockyard no. 40 - Scalar No. 1 - Constructing engineer Rolf Steckmest 

Die erste Scalar 28 – Baunummer 40
30. Birthday Scalar 28 No. 1 - timless beauty

Die erste Scalar 28 segelt
Scalar 28 sailing

Masterpiece Scalar 28-1
For his Master craftsman exam in boat building craft Rolf Steckmest constructed the Scalar 28.

This was the birth hour of the Scalar yachts.

In fact the boat was named after the most elegant and beautiful fish in Rolf Steckmest’s aquarium: the Scalar, also called “Segelflosser”.

The first boat was sailed by the master craftsman himself. The concept caught on, so that soon after nine solid wood mahogany boats were made.

In the mid 70s GfK was more and more common on the market, so that Henningsen and Steckmest decided to construct the hulls of the Scalar yachts with GfK , but all other components were still made of wood.

By building in this way they were able to build in the most individual way.

The 28 hulls were produced by the firm Fiberglas.

15 m Motorsegler Haithabu, Konstr. K. Oehlmann
No. 43, 15m motor sailor “Haithabu”, Constructing engineer K.Oehlmann

Habitbu - individual build
By the drawings by Kurt Oehlmann the motor sailor with the no. 43 was built, that still lies near the Schlei today.

Scalar 28 verläßt alte Werfthalle
Dockyard building no. 69, the last Scalar 28 leaves the old dockyard hall

Scalar 28 on the way to the first Scalar-Regatta 1979

Scalar 28 leaves the old dockyard
This was the last Scalar 28-yacht that left the old dock hall.

First Scalar-Regatta 1979

So as to bring the owner family closer together the dockyard organized regattas for many years, Scalar meetings in spring in Kappeln, to which the owners came with their land-yachts (cars) from all over Germany.
That way at the beginning of the season everyone could spend a weekend all about sailing together. Some boat owners used these weekends to exchange experiences with others or to make small repairs on their ships.

Scalar 31 in neuer Werfthalle
Scalar 31 being built in the new dockyard hall

Scalar 31
Dockyard Building no. 88, Scalar 31 in front of Schlei estuary

Scalar 31 in the new Dockyard hall
The new dockyard hall is already being built and will enable the dockyard to produce their own synthetic hulls.

In 1980 Rolf Steckmest finished construction on the Scalar 31 and fabrication and finishing began in the new hall.

For this Scalar the dockyard developed different furnishing variation together with customers.

Heinz Piel beim Einbau eines Motors in die Scalar 36
Dockyard building no. 83, Scalar 36 no. 1 being built

Scalar 36 – Konstrukteur Rolf Steckmest
Dockyard building no. 117, Scalar 36 DS

Scalar 36
In autumn of 1985 the first Scalar 36 came into being - again with a very individual furnishing and a small work shop was furnished.

The Scalar 36 offers a lot of possibilities for variation through its size - the furnishings concept is always made in accordance to the owner’s wishes and is based upon the size of the crew.

Der Eissegler
The ice sailing ship

Ashanti Baby im Bau
Ashanti Baby being built

Ashanti Baby
Ashanti Baby - Ship naming

Further projects
In the years 1991-1997 the dockyard built a 15m2 high ice sailing ship by the plans from 1947, a motor launch with clinker for the schooner “Aschanti” and a 42 foot sailing yacht (Hull like the construction by Anton Miglitsch, Decks layout Scalar 36 DS).

Scalar 34-1 verlässt die Werfthalle
Dockyard building no. 119, Scalar 34 no. 1 leaves the dockyard hall

Scalar 34 – hoch im Norden
Dockyard building no. 120, Scalar 34 no. 2 in the Norwegian Schären

Scalar 34
In 1996 the first Scalar 34 leaves the Dockyard hall.
On the whole slightly sportier than her sisters, but she still has the same Scalar-typical characteristics: GfK Hull, for easy setting into sea, Mahogany and teak- and wood expansion for individual furnishing.

All Scalar yachts from 31 to 36 foot were constructed by Rolf Steckmest himself.

Scalar 34 Classic
Dockyard building no. 133, Scalar 34 classic sailing

Scalar 34 classic
Due to a customer’s wishes the Scalar 34 classic was constructed.

With the classic-heck the elegant line of the boat are underlined by the waterline being extended.

Also a roomy afterdeck was constructed.

Scalar 34 in weiss
Building no. 139, Scalar 34/14 – classic finishing in accordance with owners wishes

Scalar 34 - classic Furnishing
A very special furnishing is what the owner of this Scalar 34 wanted - white grooved bulk heads in classic style and a very spacious pantry.

Formbau Scalar 40
Scalar 40 - Formbau finished

Behaglicher Innenraum Scalar 40
Dockyard building no. 135, Scalar 40 no. 1

Scalar 40
The shape of the Scalar 40 can already be seen.

The Scalar 40 was developed in cooperation with the construction office Nissen/Laboe.

In 2007 the Scalar 40 was introduced to the water sport audience on the “Hanseboot”.

In this yacht the owner has endless possibilities of variation. Whether you want to sail with a small crew or with a big family, the owner decides how the rooms should be divided.

Stapellauf der „Kairos“
The “Kairos” first launching

Folkeboot „Kairos“
The “Kairos” in the water for a long time

Cheers Hauke and Malte!

Kairos segelt
The “Kairos” sails as before

Kairos - 2. First launching
The Dockyard building no. 2, the folk boat “Kairos”, is going back into water after complete restoration over a period of three years.

The Kairos was taken apart and offered for sale.
The grandsons of the builder Malte and Hauke Steckmest grasp the chance and restored the boat completely.

Now the Kairos shone as on its first day.

The completion was celebrated with a classic first launching and the first boat testing were as the first time on the Schlei.

Scalar-Speedster im Bau
No 142, Scalar Speedster is constructed

Scalar-Speedster – gemütliches Cruisen
Scalar Speedster - evening-cruising

Scalar-Speedster – edle Materialien
Scalar-Speedster - classical Design

Scalar-Speedster – Speed
Scalar-Speedster on the Schlei

Again for a master craftsman exam in boat building craft a Scalar-Speedster was built.

Malte Steckmest began his apprenticeship as boat builder in August of 2000 with Martin-Yachts.

After his apprentice exam he went to New Zealand to gather further experience in boat building and after his return he began preparing for his master craftsman exam.

For his master craftsman exam he then drew and built the Scalar-Speedster that caused a lot of interest on the boat-exhibition in Hamburg and Berlin in autumn 2008.

In the year 2008 we are celebrating our 50. anniversary.