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More Boats sets up a new shipyard in 2015

More Boats expands Croatian factory to meet demand for More 40.

With two boats delivered and up to 11 units planned by fall, the More 55 will have a separate class in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). Seilas tested the boat during ARC in early April and was impressed. More Boats is the only shipyard that has been set up by a charter company.

How did this project come to life? The company was looking for a rental boat for Croatian summers and Caribbean winters, which could also withstand the rigors of crossing the Atlantic every year. At present, More Boats is busy developing its next model, a 40-footer marvel by the name of More 40. This model will replace More Charters' fleet of Salona 38 in Croatia, a fleet of 15 boats for sailors seeking to experience charter sailing with a competition edge. Boats will provide all comforts expected in tour sailing, but also deliver some of the exhilaration inherent to regatta sailing.

Owners decide

The More 40 should be only sold from drawings at first. In fact, drawings are not entirely clear either. The idea is that the first ten people to buy a boat should influence the final product. For example, keel depth, weight, or sail area are not initially determined. This is nonetheless what we know: The boat will have three cabins and two bathrooms, and is built on the same philosophy as the More 55.

Further yard extension

More Boats rents factory premises in Croatia, which it acquired in January 2015. Ten months later, after setting up the factory, hiring 30 people, and completing the form development process, the first boat proudly set sail. Hiring talent was not particularly challenging, as most personnel, including shipyard management, came from Salona, where they performed similar tasks. During April, the shipyard acquired new factory premises. The new facility is twice as large as the current 1000-sq.m. production facility. Boats currently in production at the old facility will be finished where they stand.

Short term

Production for More 40 is scheduled to start this coming fall. The plan is to get the boat ready for the Dusseldorf Boat Exhibition in January 2017, and then present it at the Gothenburg Boat Exhibition a few weeks later. Interestingly enough, boat number two on the production list was ordered by a Norwegian, who will not be chartering it, but sailing in Norway perhaps all of next year.

High risk, low cost

More Boats has gained solid traction thanks to various boat buyers, who took a chance on the company but got a boat at a very favourable price in return. While many shook their heads when the plans were presented at the Gothenburg Boat Exhibition in 2015, everything has gone according to plan. The first boat out of the factory run the ARC without [j1]a distress calls, and sailed with charter guests in the Caribbean winter. Very soon, the boat will be transported back to the Mediterranean on a freighter to tend the chartering business in Croatia.

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