It all started in 1990, when Michael Schmidt opened a yacht center in Greifswald. Residents of this university and Hanseatic city for many centuries engaged in small shipbuilding. It is not surprising - after all, here you can try every boat and yacht in the Baltic Sea immediately after leaving the shipyard. In the summer of 1993, Michael Schmidt acquired the rights and design of the Aphrodite 291 yacht from Karl Bayer, the famous Swedish designer. This purchase marked the beginning of the Hanse yacht success story. In the fall, Hanse 291 was created on the basis of the Aphrodite model, which became a real sensation at the international hanseboot exhibition. The shipyard continued following the chosen course: in 1994, she released the second Hanse 331 model, which was also a great success at the exhibition. And only four years later, her innovations were recognized. In 1998, a modification of our first yacht - the Hanse 292 model - was awarded the prestigious European Yacht of the Year award. During this time, the shipyard, of course, continued its voyage.
Already in 1997, the shipyard clearly demonstrated that the interior of the yacht can have the comfort and appearance of a cozy living room. Well-known designer Birgit Shnase developed unique equipment for the Hanse 401 model and presented an innovative design for the internal layout of the yacht. At the same time, the Hanse 401 was the first 40-foot yacht to be built in Greifswald. Then the shipyard took another step forward. Should the excellent seaworthiness of Hanse yachts adapt to the individual course of their owners, like all yacht equipment? Having developed a custom-made manufacturing concept, Hanse was the first sailing yacht manufacturer in the world to build your dream yacht for the price of a mass-produced yacht. And Hanse is still the only provider of this service. Using the configurator, you can independently choose the complete set of your yacht, choose a cabin according to your individual needs and create a palette of colors, wood and materials according to your desire. The furniture design, lighting system and many other details take into account all your ideas. Design your Hanse as if you were a sailing yacht manufacturer yourself.
In 2004, the first Hanse 531 was built in Greifswald, with a length exceeding 50 feet. This legendary model became the first production yacht of this class in Germany, and its interior, newly developed by designer Birgit Schnase, was for the first time a loft. When creating this innovation, the shipyard continued to follow its principle of “Breaking rules, setting trends”.
The years that followed confirmed the correctness of this course: in 2005, the Hanse 461 model won a special award as the most innovative yacht in Europe. In 2006, the Hanse 400e again received the title “European Yacht of the Year”. In 2007, the shipyard surpassed the boundaries of its mass production and launched the Hanse 630e, the largest serial yacht in the world.
Record achievements of shipyard workers in the blood, when it comes to construction, design, size, comfort or victory in the regatta. Indeed, the success of Hanse yachts is manifested in each node passed. For example, in 2007, Hanse 430e became the winner in all five stages of the Baltic Sprint Cup regatta. She took first place in the overall standings as the fastest yacht. The Hanse 430e yacht at the Copa del Rey Mediterranean Regatta in 2007 and 2008 was also a huge success.
Over the years, Hanse yachts have shown excellent success: for example, a yacht named Schüddelfrost. Since 2004, it has been owned by a family traveling the Baltic Sea, and as a Hanse 371 model, it won no less regattas than its successor Hanse 400e.
From 2004 to the present, the Hanse 341 yacht named Muttertach has also been victorious in the Mediterranean Sea.
The shipyard has left important milestones in history and has become one of the largest manufacturers of marine sailing yachts. Today, its dealer network covers more than 40 countries around the world, and HanseYachts is confidently heading towards the following goals.