Polish boatbuilder Delphia Yachts plans to add two new models to its range – a 42ft sailing yacht and a second yacht of more than 50ft.

The new 42ft model is to replace the company’s bestselling Delphia 40.3, according to Ewa Kot, the company’s public relations manager. Kot said that Delphia Yachts is planning to increase its workforce at the shipyard in Olecko, in northeast Poland, to ensure a sufficient production capacity for export sales.

“Some of our main foreign markets include Germany, the Netherlands, France, Israel, some Scandinavian countries, Slovenia, as well as Japan where we have been present for about 10 years,” Kot said.

It is estimated that about 95% of the Polish boatbuilding sector’s output is intended for export sales, according to data from local industry association Polboat.

On a related note, Delphia Yachts recently opened a new research and development centre under an investment worth about PLN 12.7m (US$3.5m). The facility was fitted with a surface of some 3,059sq m, and it is designed to allow the boatbuilder to develop new materials and add new products to its portfolio.

Delphia Yachts was set up in 1990 by brothers Piotr and Wojciech Kot. The company’s product range includes sailing and motor yachts.