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Old 01-29-2014
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Re: Dufour

Originally Posted by PCP View Post
Yes they were bought by Bavaria 4 years ago as well as Grand Soleil.

Thanks Paulo, as usual you are well informed. I think I read somewhere recently that Grand Soleil may be in trouble because Bavaria "didn't want them any more". It seems that well known boatyards and brands will get extinct if they do not find financial help accompanied by good marketing strategies.
When I was in Denmark two months ago I even heard some rumours that Bavaria were not doing well - they have cut production quantities of new boats and besides they were stuck up with a lot of used boats that they bought out from loyal customers after selling them new ones. Unlike cars (that after some years go for scrap) fibreglass boats don't get destroyed but circulate the used boat market and that market tends to be the biggest competitor of the boatyards. That was another opinion I heard.

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