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CEO of German yard comments on prospects for the year ahead

Michael Müller, CEO Bavaria Yachts, commented today on his company’s business prospects for 2020/21.

“In the first lockdown in spring 2020 Bavaria‘s order intake went down to nearly zero, so in May we made cautious plans for the 2020/21 fiscal year from August 1, but since mid-June 2020, orders have been rising.”

Bavaria’s production line at Giebelstadt in Germany

These came initially from the company’s German dealers, then from Scandinavia and Turkey, and later from all over Europe. In July 2020, the number of incoming orders rose steeply.

Accordingly, last summer Bavaria adjusted its production planning having scaled back production for three months. Since September 2020, production has been running at maximum again.

Müller says: “As a shipyard we are ‘almost‘ sold out for the current fiscal year until July 31, 2021. There are certainly still some exhibition yachts at the dealers for 2021.

“We couldn’t identify any real trends within the model ranges that may not have been present before Covid-19.

“In 2020, in addition to our world premiere Bavaria C42, slightly more Bavaria Cruisers 34 and 37 were sold compared to the previous year. It is certainly not a real trend towards smaller boats, but was already noticeable with us.

“Since corona, orders have been coming in evenly across all models. There is also no big shift between powerboats and sailboats. We have about 60% sailboats and 40% motorboats.“ Müller concluded.

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