A BUSINESS in Poole has become the sole UK distributor of Brazilian Schaefer Yachts.
Gibbs Quay Boat Sales will add the brand to the range it imports and sells.
Schaefer Yachts is South America’s largest yacht builder, with a range of boats from 30ft to 85ft.
It is a major brand in South and North America, with more than 3,500 ships built during its 30 years of existence.
Gibbs Quay Boat Sales is over a century old and was originally based on the banks of the River Thames near Shepperton, Middlesex, before moving to Poole in 2012.
Don Bissessar, who bought the company in 1986, said he traveled the world in search of a new brand of yachts.
He said: “Schaefer Yachts fit in really well with us, not just because they meet our high standards, but because they are an established manufacturer with an impeccable reputation and set themselves apart from other brands on the market.
“Having visited the factory and seen the build and design process, I have complete confidence in the brand and the people behind it.
“Schaefer will bring a touch of carnival and a hint of Copacabana to the UK boating scene.
“With the official launch scheduled for the Southampton Boat Show in September, the whole team is delighted to have several Schaefer yachts on display, including the latest model.”