Year after year, women in yachting have taken a larger and more significant role in the industry. They are emerging as powerful, effective, and efficient – as much as men in yachting, and have gone beyond the role of charter broker. Here, YATCO takes the time to get to know some of these women – whether they are yacht sales brokers, shipyard coordinators or marketing masters. Here, you can get to know Daniela Backhaus, Head of Engineering Department Mechanical Systems at Lurssen Yachts.
Daniela Backhaus, Head of Engineering Department Mechanical Systems at Lurssen Yachts
What drew you to the yachting world?
I wanted to change my life and start something cool and create things that others will love.
How did you get your start in yachting?
I started in the mechanical engineering department for ship operating systems. After that I moved to the propulsion system. And now I’m working as the head of engineering department for mechanical systems. My start led me to the global pictures of the fascinating world of yachting.
Who are some influential people in your life that you look up to?
My Grandmother is a wonderful example of an influential person in my life. She helped me to make the most of my potentials as a young person.
What are some challenges you face and how do you overcome them?
Finding a balance between what is technically doable and customer’s wishes. The challenge is to find a compromise between the two and find practical solutions. And this can only be solved through action.
What are you currently working on and how do you stay inspired?
I’m currently working on new ideas for propulsion systems. My team gives me feedback and inspires me. Everyone works on things they are very good at and so we have the opportunity to create something special every day.
All Women in our Women in Yachting Series:
- Daria Tomassetti, Yacht Broker at Daria Tomassetti
- Daniela Backhaus, Head of Engineering Department Mechanical Systems at Lurssen Yachts
- Sara Gioanola, PR and Press Office Manager at Heesen Yachts
- Karen Martensen, Yachting Relationship and Operations Manager at Engel & Volkers
- Marianne Hendriks, Managing Director of Moonen Yachts
- Jenny Caird, CEO and Founder of 212 Yachts
- Rose Damen of Damen Yachting
- Eleonora Pitasso at BURGESS