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In the interest of full disclosure: I am the US representative of Dehler, so I'm close to this and more than a little partial. I'll try to keep the borderline ad stuff to a minimum.
I appreciate all the supportive words that are floating around Sailnet and a few other (mostly European) board, and thanks to Jeff_H for his perspective (speaking as a long-time lurker, he seems to know his stuff). I thought I might ring in to add some additional perspective and groundless speculation.
This is big, exciting news in Dehlerland, and almost all the balls are still in the air. We're working on a ton of details, so until some of the questions are settled, there's still some guessing on with respect to integrating the company with the Hanse family.
As Jeff eluded, this can really only take one of two directions, one quite positive and one not-so-good. Without getting bleary-eyed, Dehlers are special boats in a lot of ways, and it extends from concept to execution. As long as Hanse doesn't mess with that, aligning with a large builder with an equally-large support structure makes a lot of sense. From this point of view, we're excited.
We (we being the international Dehler reps) had a conference with Hanse's president, Michael Schmidt, immediately following the news, and all indications were this is going in a good direction. Dehler is a really "independent" company, and the goal appears to be to maintain that, while improving purchasing and distribution muscle. We'll have a better feel for the actual structure in and when production will restart over the next week or so.
I won't go into the back-story of what's occurred between Dehler's insolvency in mid-December and today, but there's a good story in there somewhere. Watch for my book, "Losing Ten Years of Life Expectancy in Four Easy Months," coming soon.
The juicy part is that while we've been courting two suitors and supportive of the concept of becoming part of a larger builder (we had essentially made a decision), Hanse came in at the 11th hour to steal the show. 'Turns out they were as surprised as anyone else. Interesting times.
If anyone's still interested, there is a US-specific release, which also points to the original Hanse announcement that Jeff_H quoted at the top of the thread, on the Dehler US website (DEHLER -dot- US... silly, I don't have enough SN posts to include a link). Anyway, click on the News & Updates section from the home page.
I hope this contributes something other than even more questions.
Happy Spring to those of us who survived a seriously-long winter, and fair winds,