Rutger Versluijs was born on his grandfather’s shipyard in Holland. Rutger learnt his profession as shipbuilder from his father, who had learnt the knowledge from his father. Thus there are three generations of yacht building in his blood. It was clear that Rutger would become a shipbuilding engineer at a young age. After successfully completing his studies he was employed by Gerard Duursma. Eventually he became a business partner and shareholder in the firm Duursma & Versluijs.

In following years Rutger Versluijs acquired the following qualifications: