Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects was founded in 1969 by Gerard Dijkstra.
Up to 1979 the office was mainly involved with ocean racing.
The office specialized itself during these year to include yacht design and the building supervision of ocean going sailing yachts and fast shorthanded racers, using the experience of Gerard Dijkstra as skilled sailor.
Much attention is given to research and development.
New designs are tested in towing tanks and wind tunnels, strength of hull and rig is studied with finite element analysis.
The office also developed the Pilot Cutter type yachts in the range of 50-60', shorthanded performance cruisers for worldwide use, the first of the series is sailed by Gerard