Profile of HanseYachts AG
Developed by sailors. Tested on the Baltic Sea. Sold across the world. Since its founding in 1990, HanseYachts AG – which now encompasses six yacht brands – has become one of the biggest manufacturers of seagoing, series-produced sailing yachts and motor yachts. HanseYachts AG went public in 2007 (General Standard); around 23.23% of its current shares are freely traded. In 2011, Munich-based Aurelius AG became the majority shareholder and currently holds around 76.77% of issued shares.
Second-biggest yacht-builder in the world
In terms of the number of yachts sold worldwide, HanseYachts AG is the second-biggest manufacturer of seagoing sailing yachts in the world. In the market for recreational motor yachts, the company is now among the top 10 providers worldwide. With its main production location for the manufacture of yachts located in Greifswald, Germany.
Direct access to the Baltic Sea
Direct access to the Baltic Sea and allows HanseYachts AG to test its range of sailing yachts and motor yachts under real-life conditions. Each new product undergoes thorough testing before being placed on the market, and the test results are instantly and directly incorporated in ongoing product development. New materials and components get tested on the water, not just under laboratory conditions.
Some customers travel to the shipyard itself in order to sail their new yacht to its new home, wherever that may be in the world. A crane enables the sailing yachts and motor yachts to be launched immediately after leaving the production halls. The setting of the mast and the rigging of sailing yachts is carried out on site.
Own production sites
In-house production sites enable fast response times and highly efficient manufacturing. The entire GRP production gets carried out using the meticulous hands-on skills of experienced specialists. The production process ranges from the lamination of small parts and the construction of hulls using the laid-by-hand technique to weight-optimized vacuum infusion for the production of specialized yacht types.
At HanseYachts AG's headquarters in Greifswald (Germany), all wood and interior components get manufactured on the premises. State-of-the-art equipment with CNC milling machines ensures millimeter precise cutting. Highly trained artisans assemble each piece of furniture by hand. The final assembly of all sailboats and motorboats gets carried out in a highly cost-efficient manner on our production lines.
A highly skilled workforce
HanseYachts AG employs an annual average of around 1,500 people. Of these, almost 20% are salaried employees and more than 80% are industrial workers. In the Greifswald region (Germany), HanseYachts AG is one of the largest employers.
World-renowned design offices
HanseYachts AG collaborates with a number of world-renowned nautical designers of yachts. Bill Dixon (Dixon Design), Patrick Banfield (Allseas Design) and judel/vrolijk & co are established names in the world of yachting and lend the various models of the individual brands their own distinctive appearance. In these close partnerships, we develop yachts in line with our philosophy: “Breaking rules. Setting trends”.
Own development locations
One of the great strengths of HanseYachts AG is its in-house development department, as well as its dedicated model and mold making department at the main location. The team consists of 40 designers, engineers and technicians, all of whom are top level experts in their fields with many years of experience. In collaboration with renowned yacht designers, they design and construct sailboats and motorboats down to the smallest detail, from interior fittings to deck design, from propulsion engines to air conditioning systems. Two in-house 5-axis CNC milling machines transfer the virtual model into reality up to a component size of 6 by 16 meters. Quality in yacht building starts with the quality of the tool.
As a new design and development center, the Baltic Design Institute in Szczecin complements the development department at HanseYachts AG's headquarters and offers additional expertise in the sectors of yacht design and structural dimensioning. The team of highly qualified employees has many years of international professional experience in yacht design as well as in the marine industry. The close cooperation of all development instances enables the creation of new, forward-looking products.
In addition to the components that we produce in-house, we also enlist the services of premium suppliers. We use engines from Volvo, Yanmar and Mercury; navigation electronics from B&G, Garmin and Raymarine; sails from Elvström and Quantum; heating systems from Eberspächer and Webasto; masts from Seldén and Z Spars; fittings from Harken and Lewmar; and running rigging from Liros. When HanseYachts AG selects its suppliers, three factors are non-negotiable: high quality, reliable deliveries with consistent quality and comprehensive after-sales service for end customers.
Six brands with their own unique characters – united under the roof of HanseYachts AG. Each brand operates independently on the market, but benefits from the pooled development and production technology of one of the world’s leading yacht-builders. Watch our film to find out more about the six brands of HanseYachts AG.