Hanse 291 - the first model
|Europe, North America,|
Middle East, Arabia,
|Gert Purkert (Chairman)|
Jens Gerhardt (CEO)
Sven Göbel (CFO)
|575 (sold boats)|
|Revenue||€ 152.0 mio (2018/19)|
|€ 5.2 mio (2018/19)|
|€ 3.3 mio (2018/19)|
|Owner||Aurelius SE (76.8 %)|
Vesting Holding AG (5.9 %)
Board (1.4 %)
Number of employees
|Website||www.hanseyachtsag.com status: August 2020|
HanseYachts AG is a German yacht manufacturer headquartered in the city of Greifswald (Baltic Sea). The company offers monohull sailboats under the Hanse, Dehler and Moody brands as well as catamarans under the Privilège brand. Motorboats are sold under the Fjord and Sealine brands. HanseYachts is cooperating with the yacht designers Patrick Banfield, Bill Dixon, Judel/Vrolijk & Co and Marc Lombard.
HanseYachts AG is the second largest production builder of sailing yachts globally. The company has its main manufacturing site in Greifswald, a subsidiary for hull production and pre-assembly in Goleniów, Poland, and the site of Privilège Marine in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. The production halls provide a total area of approximately 545,000 sq ft (Greifswald ca. 205,000 sq ft, Goleniów ca. 180,000 sq ft, Les Sables-d'Olonne ca. 160,000 sq ft). Sailboats account for about 60% of revenues, powerboats for about 40%. HanseYachts AG is quoted on German stock exchange.
Founding, rise, IPO (1990–2007)
HanseYachts is originated in an old-established shipyard for fishing cutters and other workboats. The today's company was founded in 1990 – after the fall of the Iron Curtain – by Michael Schmidt, the winner of the 1985 Admiral's Cup. At the beginning, Yachtzentrum Greifswald – so the former name of HanseYachts – focused on yacht refit and other services. The first model Hanse 291 (which based on the design of the Aphrodite 291) was launched in 1993. In the years to come, the company successively extended the model range and grew rapidly. In the late 1990s, HanseYachts and the yacht designers Judel/Vrolijk & Co started their still existing collaboration. In 2003, the range comprised eight models up to 53 ft. In 2007, HanseYachts AG went public (General Standard, Frankfurt). Founder Michael Schmidt remained majority shareholder.
Brand acquisitions and powerboat market entry (2006–2009)
For more than a decade, HanseYachts built sailing yachts only. In 2006, the company acquired the majority of Norwegian powerboat manufacturer Fjord Boats AS and started to develop seagoing powerboats. In 2007, the English Moody brand (sailing yachts) was added, and the creation of a new Moody range with decksaloon and aftcockpit models began. Furthermore, HanseYachts bought the remaining shares in Fjord Boats AS and introduced a first new Fjord model (Fjord 40 open). In 2008, the company completed the enlargement of its plant in Greifswald and the construction of a new production facility in Goleniów. In 2009, HanseYachts purchased its German competitor Dehler Yachtbau comprising the Dehler and Varianta brands as well as a production facility located in Freienohl, Germany.
Crisis, change of ownership and recovery (2008–2016)
In the wake of the financial crisis 2007–2008, the boating industry was affected by a massive slump in global sales. The company's turnover dropped by 57% within one year. A period of high losses began. In 2011, founder Michael Schmidt sold his stake to German Investmentholding Aurelius SE, Munich, and left the company. At the end of 2012, HanseYachts closed the Dehler factory in Freienohl and relocated the entire Dehler production to its lamination factory in Goleniów and its main factory in Greifswald. In 2013, HanseYachts parent company Aurelius SE purchased the English Sealine brand (motor yachts) together with plans, moulds, parts lists and equipment. In 2014, HanseYachts started to produce Sealine yachts.
Catamaran market entry (2017)
In May 2017, HanseYachts parent company Aurelius SE acquired the majority of stock in Privilège Marine SAS, a luxury catamaran builder located in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. In June 2019, HanseYachts announced the takeover of its sister company.
|Hanse 315||2015||Dehler 29||2010||Moody 41 AC||2009|
|Hanse 348||2018||Dehler 30 od 1||2019||Moody 41 DS||2020|
|Hanse 388||2017||Dehler 34||2016||Moody 45 DS||2008|
|Hanse 418||2017||Dehler 38 SQ||2020||Moody 54 DS||2014|
|Hanse 458||2018||Dehler 42||2016|
|Hanse 508||2018||Dehler 46||2014|
|Sealine S330||2014||Fjord 38 open||2019|
|Sealine S330v 1||2018||Fjord 38 xpress 1||2018|
|Sealine C330||2015||Fjord 40 open||2007|
|Sealine C330v 1||2019||Fjord 41 XL||2020|
|Sealine C390||2019||Fjord 44 open||2018|
|Sealine C390v 1||2020||Fjord 44 coupé||2018|
|Sealine S430||2020||Fjord 52 open||2018|
1 model with outboard engines
Naval architects: Patrick Banfield (Fjord), Bill Dixon (Sealine)
|Model (sailing)||Launch||Model (motor)||Launch|
|Privilège Signature 510||2020||Privilège Euphorie 5||2018|
|Privilège Signature 580||2020|
|Privilège Serie 640||2016|
|Privilège Serie 740||2015|
Naval architect: Marc Lombard
Sales figures and turnover
Sources: 2004/05 until 2018/19,
- "Boatbuilder of the Year 2016" (British Yachting Awards)
- "Boatbuilder of the Year 2018" (British Yachting Awards)
Most important competitors
- Jeanneau (Beneteau Group since 1995)
- Bavaria Yachtbau
- Dufour Yachts (Fountaine-Pajot Group since 2018)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hanse Yachts.|
- Official website of HanseYachts AG (company)
- Official website of Privilège Marine
- Official website of TTS (hull production and pre-assembly)
- Official website of Aurelius SE (parent company)
- The Hanse story (PDF), Practical Boat Owner, June 2015
- The Moody 54 DS (in German), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, October 2014
- Germanys largest production yacht Hanse 675 (in German), Yacht, March 2016
- Hanse, Dehler, Moody etc., Facebook podcast (collection of non-official videos)
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- "Annual Report 2017/18" (PDF). HanseYachts AG. October 1, 2018. p. 44.
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