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Italian Cantiere Del Pardo buys VanDutch shipyard

The nautical mercato continues, with the announcement today of the takeover of the Dutchman VanDutch by the Italian shipyard Cantiere Del Pardo.

VanDutch 56

VanDutch 56

The ambivalence of the Chinese ideogram, meaning both crisis and opportunity, has never been so accurate in these times, which are the occasion of an incredible nautical mercato.

After the takeover of the Swedish yard Alukin by his compatriot Nimbus, who has himself carried out a fairly severe restructuring plan, and the forthcoming restructuring of Nautitech in France, we are now witnessing a pan-European movement in the world of yachting.

The Italian shipyard Cantiere Del Pardo, located in Forli, and builder of famous brands such as Grand Soleil yachts and Pardo Yachts day boats, has just put its hands on the Dutch luxury day boats VanDutch.

VanDutch is a recent brand, launched in 2008, quite flamboyant in terms of marketing, which has distinguished itself on the market with a range of luxury opens in modern style, ranging from 30 to 75 feet, yachts that could enter the dayboat category, but which by their functionality go much further.

A brand whose business model was quite similar to that of Wally (before its takeover), and which consisted in developing models and then subcontracting their construction, partly in the United States for this market, at Marquis Yachts in Wisconsin, and partly in France, for Europe, at Couach in the Bay of Arcachon.

With this takeover, Cantiere Del Pardo clearly announces the colour: production will now be carried out in Italy, at its Forli plant. This approach will saturate the site's load plan and reduce its break-even point.

Fabio Planamente, president of Cantiere Del Pardo, said on Yachting Art: "This acquisition is logical and allows us to bring together complementary brands positioned in the same sector. It will allow us to address the march from two different angles, in order to strengthen our positions."

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It should be noted that this takeover comes at a time when there are insistent rumours that the two owners of the Cantiere Del Pardo shipyard, Luigi Servidati and Fabio Planamente, would like to raise funds from investors in order to finance the international development of the shipyard, by selling part of the capirtal, while keeping the management of the company .

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