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About Us | Schäfer Yacht

    About Us

    THE COMPANY

    We have been building boats since 1985 and in the current organizational form since 1991. Our boat building shop was completed by the end of the following year. Since then we worked ourselves into the forefront of the recreational boat building industry in Hungary. In 1995 we bought the Dolphin 26 sailboat plans and building rights from Van de Stadt designers office and optimized them for Lake Balaton. More than 60 units have been sold during the years since then and model became one of the most popular cruiser boats in Hungary.

    In a new larger laminating hall a new production run has been started in 1997 – The Vita 30, also from Van de Stadt. Our third model is the Dolphin 28. Designed by Győző Simongáti the modern 28 footer become a true competitor among common european designs.

    In search of a market niche we have introduced a revolutionary new powerboat for Lake Balaton with electric propulsion in cooperation with Zoltán Csőregh. This is the Velence 25-26, a classic beauty with modern technology. This project later led to a spectacular market boom in the field of electric powerboats.

    Shoreside servives are a crucial part of our job. Our boats are delivered to the water with all the necessary equipment and documentation ready to sail away.

    In 2004 a new shop was built as a greenfield investment. We used our twelve year experience to outfit and equip the new building hall that corresponds to EU regulations too. In the meantime the portfolio somewhat has changed. The introduction of Dolphin 28 caused an in house competiton wich rendered the Vita 30 less market relevant. The Dolphin 28 is still in great demand and there is a steady level of interest in the smaller Dolphine 26 that proves its positive virtues.

    The two models compete in the same class from 2008.

    In the field of power boats fundamental changes came with the establishment of long term partnership with the french company Sillinger. We produce GRP hulls for their different RIB models. Besides recreational boats they build boats for the military where quality requiremets are very high. Fulfiling these requirements and the steady flow of export mean new opportunities for us.

    In spite of all the above our core business is sailboat construction, servicing and restoration. We continue to be dealers of Yanmar marine engines. In 2010 we started the development of a new 38 feet innovative sailer again with the cooperation of Győző Simongáti as designer. Its building phases can be followed on the website. The new boat is a leap forward in size but its ditinctive design, its quality and customizeability are most important.

    Our continuous development, investments and our support for the Dolphin class through increasing number of customers can guarantee our good position among hungarian boatbuilders.

    Elemér Schäfer