One effect that probably no one would have predicted in spring 2020 was the steadily growing interest in water sports.
For quite a few people, a boat or yacht represented the perfect opportunity for a holiday with a social distancing character. Even many accessory dealers were almost sold out, which suggests many new owners who first needed a reasonable basic equipment. Sailing schools recorded a real rush.
Drettmann Yachts from Bremen also noticed the increasing interest in buying yachts and boats. Albert Drettmann: "In the first months of the pandemic, i.e. March and April 2020, it was still quiet, then demand suddenly exploded. Enquiries came in for all sizes, from six to well over 40 metres. That trend is continuing at the moment." While there were and still are a relatively large number of options on the brokerage market, when it comes to new boats, the shipyard's capacity naturally limits the supply. As the northern German distributor for motor boats from Bavaria Yachts in Giebelstadt, Drettmann is currently handling a high number of enquiries; the Bavarian models between just under nine and 18 metres in length are experiencing a regular upswing. Albert Drettmann: "I'm pleased that the Bavaria brand is doing so well in the market after its relaunch."
In order to enable customers to test drive the yachts directly at the company's headquarters, Drettmann Yachts ordered several showboats in Giebelstadt.
In Bremen, they are particularly looking forward to the new Vida 33. The eleven metre long boat is the shipyard's first model to be powered by outboard engines. The Vida 33 is available in an open version and a version with a hardtop; the hardtop version will be moored at the Drettmann quay. Together with the sporty hull design and the recessed hull windows, the result is an extremely dynamic and elegant silhouette. Two 300 hp Mercury engines bring the boat, which is equipped with red and water-resistant upholstery, up to speed; Simrad equipment is available for the necessary control of all functions and a sound system from Fusion for a decent sound. Below deck, the Vida 33 has a cabin with a double bed that can also be used as a sitting area. The equipment with a veritable bathroom and a wet bar including BBQ grill in the cockpit makes the boat an ideal weekender.
Another Bavaria model that Drettmann will be able to make available for test drives and viewings very soon is the Bavaria SR41. This 13.29-metre yacht combines the best of the sporty S-Line and the R-Line. A comfortable cockpit, a large sun lounger that can be converted into a lounge area with table directly on the water in no time at all, and a large bathing platform make the Bavaria SR41 the ideal motor yacht.
With an intelligent cabin layout, the shipyard gives the Bavaria SR41 a new dimension. The large owner's cabin amidships has its own bathroom. The guest cabin in the forecastle is also equipped with its own bathroom. Two Volvo engines, each with 300 hp, provide the propulsion for the Bavaria SR41, which weighs around nine tonnes at four metres wide and has a draught of 70 centimetres.
While the 2021 boating season is only in its tender beginnings, by the way, customers should already pre-order for the 2022 season. Albert Drettmann: "As a rule, buying a boat is not an ad hoc decision. So anyone thinking of buying a Bavaria in the medium term should talk to us now."
About Drettmann Yachts
Drettmann was founded in Germany in 1970 and is a family business that focuses on building and selling boats and yachts. In total, 1500 newbuilds with lengths of up to 55 metres have been built under the direction of Drettmann International; around 10,000 boats and yachts have been sold in the company's 50-year history.
In 2017, Drettmann expanded its portfolio as a distributor of Gulf Craft for much of Europe, Russia and Ukraine, and in 2019 became the Northern German dealer for motor boats from the Bavaria shipyard - two further, important steps towards expansion for the Bremen-based company. www.drettmann.com