In 1986, the last of the brothers steps down. Cor's son, Henk Akerboom, is the new managing director. Under his leadership, the shareholders take an important decision. The company becomes a full subsidiary of De Vries Scheepsbouw. From 1986 onwards, the future of Akerboom lay in building deckhouses, yacht equipment and propeller shafts for luxury yachts. De Vries can now count on a trusted supplier. Akerboom Yacht Equipment To this day, Akerboom remains a fully independent company. Customers are not only the yards of De Vries - now 'royal' - but also other yacht builders such as Royal Van Lent at De Kaag and Royal Huisman in Vollenhoven.
This Gallant Lady is the youngest in a "family" of eight vessels that all bear the same name. She was launched in late 2006. The exterior of this ship is a copy of the seventh Gallant Lady, which was delivered ten years earlier. The technology used is of course of this century and state of the art! Akerboom Yacht Equipment supplied the aluminum deckhouse, the propeller shafts, the riviera gangway, the transom door, the boat crane, the rudder installation and the swim ladder.