Previously limited to a maximum length of around 92 metres, the new hall means Abeking can now offer clients builds up to 125 metres in length. The first build to take advantage of the new facilities is a 98 metre yacht which was signed early in 2014.
The expansion has been on the cards for a few years. “We have been thinking about moving to Bremerhaven where there are bigger sheds,” says Abeking sales director Till von Krause, “but at the end of the day we are a family business and you only have so many good people and it’s difficult to share good people in different locations. We have the space here in Bremen so we decided to make the investment on site, and we are happy with that.”
Krause cites the signing of the 98 metre project as the impetus to push ahead with the expansion. Works started towards the end of 2014 with the reclamation of land from the river, while the construction of the hall itself began in early 2015. It represents what von Krause will only describe as “a significant investment” for the yard.
Abeking currently has four yachts under construction – a 25 metre SWATH yacht for an experienced owner, a 72 metre Espen Oeino explorer yacht, a 74 metre yacht and the 98 metre project, but there are more potential builds on the cards. “The 100 metre-plus market is growing in my view,” says von Krause, “and we have had a number of serious enquiries for yachts over 100 metres since the new shed has come online.”
The works are still continuing with a new yacht launch system due to come online over the winter, but the future is looking bright. Abeking has streamlined its build scheduling in order to offer a contract-to-delivery time of three years on any size of yacht, but even so the next available delivery slot is now 2019. It’s a measure of the remarkable success of this low key yard that consistently produces high profile, high quality superyachts that it’s order book remains healthy, with many new projects coming from repeat clients.