Brazilian boatbuilder Schaefer Yachts has expanded its international dealer network with the appointment of Nautical Ventures in Florida. The move marks the entry of Schaefer into the North American market, and the company will also be exhibiting at the Miami show.
Schaefer is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and throughout that time has been led by Marcio Schaefer, president and head designer of the company.
Schaefer markets a range of eight models between its Schaefer 303 at 9.78m (32ft) and the Schaefer 830 at 24.9m (82ft). The latest model, which launched last October at the Sao Paulo Boat Show, is the 15m (50ft) Schaefer 510, of which at least five have already been sold.
Samuel Brito, CEO and partner of US operations for Schaefer Yachts, says: “As we begin this milestone year for our company, it was a natural business evolution for us to enter the North American marketplace. Our boats, and how they are designed, will be an ideal fit for the US boating customer.
“We also did our due diligence in researching US boat dealers when we discovered Nautical Ventures,” he adds. “Upon further evaluation, we determined that they will be an ideal fit with our organisation. We’re confident in their ability to offer their clientele the same high standards of customer service we deliver elsewhere in the world.”
Brito explained that: “Initial plans for Schaefer Yachts' US expansion will be to establish a South Florida operations office. Eventually we would also like to have some manufacturing facilities in the US, most likely dedicated to the construction of key models being sold in America.”
Schaefer will be exhibiting at the Yachts Miami Show with five models, including the Schaefer 640 and Schaefer 560. The price range of these is between $140,000 and $7.5m and Nautical Ventures is anticipating sales in 2017 of some $10m.
Nautical Ventures was recently recognised by Boating Industry magazine as a Top 100 Dealer for North America. CEO Roger Moore comments: “We’ve been looking to expand our boat lines into the 36ft-80ft segment and Schaefer Yachts really fills that sweet spot. We are pleased they have chosen to make their American debut through us.”
Nautical Ventures has been operating since 1987. The company has three sale centres in Florida – in Ft Lauderdale, North Palm Beach and Riviera Beach.