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HANSA Yachts 02-2023

RELEASES AND RUMOURS | A NEW MOBILITY? | NEW IPS PLATFORM FROM VOLVO PENTA | BENETTI CELEBRATES 150-YEAR ANNIVERSARY |YACHT DESIGN MEETS CHRONOMETERS | INTERVIEW WITH CDM OWNER TOM SCHRÖDER AND CEO VASCO BUONPENSIERE: »AN ENORMOUS BRAND POWER« | E-FUELS: A LONG WAY TO GO| SUSTAINABLE SUPER YACHTS: WHERE ARE WE NOW? | E-TENDER AFFECTION | SHOWTIME ON THE CÔTE | INTERVIEW WITH YACHT BROKER SARAH HENNINGSEN: »A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM«

RELEASES AND RUMOURS | A NEW MOBILITY? | NEW IPS PLATFORM FROM VOLVO PENTA | BENETTI CELEBRATES 150-YEAR ANNIVERSARY |YACHT DESIGN MEETS CHRONOMETERS | INTERVIEW WITH CDM OWNER TOM SCHRÖDER AND CEO VASCO BUONPENSIERE: »AN ENORMOUS BRAND POWER« | E-FUELS: A LONG WAY TO GO| SUSTAINABLE SUPER YACHTS: WHERE ARE WE NOW? | E-TENDER AFFECTION | SHOWTIME ON THE CÔTE | INTERVIEW WITH YACHT BROKER SARAH HENNINGSEN: »A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM«

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<strong>HANSA</strong> YACHTS<br />

I personally contribute my experience as a yacht owner. But it<br />

has to be said quite clearly: we should grow very carefully. Our<br />

ultimate goal is to deliver three to four yachts per year. We want<br />

to stay small and fine. To achieve this, we will probably build<br />

another shed with two building sites at the Ancona location. In<br />

total, we would then have nine building sites where yachts up<br />

to 150 feet can be built.<br />

What makes the Cantiere delle Marche shipyard so special?<br />

Schröder: We call it the CdM tribe. When you are at the shipyard,<br />

you get the feeling that all the employees live CdM.<br />

Everyone is proud to be part of it and to build great ships. Furthermore,<br />

this Tribe spirit is also evident in our customers.<br />

Well over 50 % of our business comes from returning customers<br />

and new customers who come because of referrals from<br />

existing customers. These developments are really the real reason<br />

for the yard‘s success. We – customers, employees, management<br />

and shareholders – are a tribe.<br />

How did you become aware of the shipyard?<br />

Schröder: I visited the Cannes Yacht Show in 2019 with my<br />

partner at the time from our voucher company. A friend of my<br />

partner‘s said that we should definitely take a look at a CdM<br />

yacht, as she thought it was the up-and-coming shipyard on the<br />

market.<br />

When I boarded a CdM yacht at the show and Carlo, who is<br />

now responsible for the brokerage business at CdM, explained<br />

CdM’s philosophy in the engine room, I was hooked from the<br />

very first second. For me, everything fitted together – what<br />

Carlo told me and what my eyes saw. After the tour, I met<br />

Vasco, the current CEO of CdM, for the first time, who convinced<br />

me even more of the CdM philosophy. I also immediately<br />

liked the Flexplorer project, which at that time consisted<br />

only of renderings and drawings. In the end, my family and I<br />

ordered a CdM Flexplorer yacht in 2<strong>02</strong>0. During the construction<br />

phase, the opportunity arose to take over the shipyard. We<br />

seized this opportunity as FIL Bros. together with the CdM<br />

management.<br />

© CdM<br />

What is your personal yacht connection?<br />

Schröder: My father, together with a partner who was and is<br />

an absolute sailing enthusiast, had a medium-sized mineral oil<br />

business in Brilon, Sauerland, where I also grew up. In the<br />

mid-1980s, the two of them took over the nearby company<br />

Dehler Yachtbau from Freienohl and sold it very successfully<br />

to an investment company of DG-Bank about five years later.<br />

As a result, we had a Dehler 24 first on Lake Diemel and later<br />

on the Jsselmeer. At the beginning of the 90s, my father‘s<br />

partner emigrated to Mallorca and became the general importer<br />

of Bavaria yachts for Spain combined with a large<br />

charter fleet. My friends and I were allowed to help ourselves<br />

to this charter fleet for a small fee, which we often made use of<br />

and were thus able to explore the Balearic Islands extensively.<br />

In the meantime, my family and I also live in Palma.<br />

At the beginning of the 2000s, the focus was on starting a<br />

family with four boys and building up a few companies, and<br />

the passion for sailing took a back seat. In 2013, we bought a<br />

sailing catamaran – a Sunreef 70. After a season in the Mediterranean,<br />

we used the boat extensively for three to four<br />

months a year in the Caribbean. As my family and I were planning<br />

to emigrate to Mallorca in 2019, combined with a motor-<br />

24 <strong>HANSA</strong> YACHTS <strong>02</strong> | 2<strong>02</strong>3

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