Fast cruiser, tough market. The SQ 25 could not establish itself quickly enough
It is a bitter moment for the boat builders in the Sauerland. Once again they have their backs against the wall. According to YACHT information, the yard will be closed by the end of the year. The employees have already received their terminations. What will become of the location where Dehler was founded 50 years ago and which was known for high quality craftsmanship until recently is completely open.
SQ partner Bert Schattschneider
As the majority shareholder Bert Schattschneider confirmed to YACHT online, he has already filed for liquidation. Customers and suppliers will be informed about the closure these days. "We tried everything and were still at the Interboot with our SQ 25 in September," said Schattschneider. Despite very positive signals and serious interest, no sales contracts were concluded. "You just have to accept that, as difficult as it is." SQ Freienohl did not only rely on its own small yacht; The concept also included the refit of older boats and, in particular, contract manufacturing for other brands, including Biehlmarin and Comfortina. But even that was not enough to ensure the shipyard's capacity utilization. "We deliberately divided the risk over several pillars," said Schattschneider. "But they weren't all strong enough."
It has not yet been clarified what will happen to the shapes, trademark rights, machines and employees. Talks with investors are apparently ongoing. However, it seems very questionable whether the company will continue to exist in its current size and shape. Does that end half a century of boat building in the Sauerland? Or will the workforce find another solution, as they did two years ago after Dehler's production was relocated? It is to be expected of her.
Strong quality, weak sales. The shipyard was underutilized with just one model