Another exciting year almost passed - have a look at our 2017!
08 Dec 16:12
January to March: First deliveries
We woke up from our winter sleep and started sailing..;-) However, before that, production was running and the first boats getting ready. No 28 which was our very first CRUISE version launched in late summer 2016 found his owner at lake Zürich
The first sailing sessions
on lake Lucern in front of snow capped Mount Pilatus. What a wonderful start into the new season!
Production vist in Poland
Visit to Delphia production in Masurian area. Production was delayed this year since Delphia took on big orders for houseboats
Meichle & Mohr Boatshow, Kressbronn
In May we attended for the first time the Meichle & Mohr boat show in Kressbronn where we found a good atmosphere and a lot of visitors depsite changing weather conditions
Customer coaching in Brunnen
and our biggest event in May was the customer coaching in Brunnen on Lake Lucerne where we found perfect coditions over 3.5 days.
Followed by a nice video out of the sessions
Le 3 Ore di Ascona
Our phantastic trip to le 3Ore di Ascona with the kids sailing and racing her first family race (which we also won;-)
And of course little training sessions single and double handed together with customers in preparation for the Silverrudder in Denmark (50 Meilen Trophy, Blaues Band Greppen)
Big crane delivery
And a spectacular delivery on Insel Reichenau with a huge crane
Change of Saphire Manufacturer
In the background, however, we had a longer project running: Change of production in Poland in common agreement with the actual manufacturer we shifted production to Gabmar Boats in Gizycho also in the Masurian area. They first worked as a subcontractor for Delphia to learn about the boat and her specialities and building four sets of laminates. Then all the moulds were restored in over 600 hours of work to get ready for the future production.
Baptism of Zaphire!
Training Session at Translémanique en Solitair, Lake Geneva
One week of holiday on lake Geneva with a wonderful closing at the Translémanique en Solitair which is exactly the same distance as the Bol d'Or but singlhanded.
Last boat for 2017 delivered, finally!
Still deliverying boats to Geneva - mieux vaut tard que jamais...! Sorry for all the delays but now, production is running well again:-)
One of the very rare second hand boats delivered to Forggensee
Preparation for Interboot
The Silverrudder Challenge
With three boats we travelled to Denmark for the great challenge - to be part of. We did three days of training sailing single handed around the island before the race. In total five sailing days we did roughly over 500km single handed on our Saphire's
Training session video around Fyn - 12 hours 20 to 25kts of wind before the race
Oktober - December
Production in the new yard running
Since October we have been assembling the first boats in Gabmar Boats Gizycho and in December the first boat could be delivered to a customer. The next three are already in the pipeline for delivery early 2018. We are very happy with this new cooperation and hope to bring in a lot of additional orders for next year! To get your own Saphire, hurry up! Delivery before summer 2018 is still possible.
Gabmar Boats is specialized on "Vacuum Infusion Technologie" and small series. Of course they can also build boats in wet hand layup but in any case for all boats we use a sandwich construction and Vinylester resin for stiff and durable laminates. This family run business is very flexible and they have a 12 years old history and a very stable and experienced team. The owner and some of his workers served for a decade in Italy in the Italian boating industry before, where they learned their skills. His wife and co-owner runs the office, administration and purchase department and also has a technical background to ensure smooth processes throughout the company.
Happy new year to all of you!