German Boat and Shipbuilders Association – DBSV

German Boat and Shipbuilders Association – DBSV
Full Member
Claus-Ehlert Meyer
30 12 27
D-20357 Hamburg

DBSV (Deutscher Boots und Schiffbauer Verband) was founded 50 years ago, formally linking regional associations which date back to the last century. The Association now comprises more than 430 members, with a core of boatbuilders, involved in pleasure boats of all sizes as well as small commercial craft. Taking account of the changes in the boating industry, the membership has broadened to include dealers and brokers, chandlers, equipment manufacturers, sailmakers, material suppliers, engine manufacturers, yacht designers and surveyors. The majority of the yards are small enterprises specialising in certain types of boats, materials and manufacturing methods. Modern wood technologies are a backbone of many of these companies. Co-operation among yards to achieve the high quality demanded by the customers is a natural way to develop the market. German-built racing boats, in particular, are still earning a world-wide reputation and are an excellent ambassador for exports which have risen to more than 50% of the total production. DBSV has actively supported this development for a long time by providing joint national exhibits at many of the world`s major boat shows. The Association`s main objective is to improve the commercial conditions under which members are operating. This is achieved through a 3½-year apprenticeship in boatbuilding and, as a follow-up, through technical and business seminars for all members at regular intervals. Recent years have also seen an extensive seminar programme on the practical requirements of the European Boat Directive. DBSV`s quarterly trade magazine Bootswirtschaft has two objectives: to inform members on technical and commercial issues and to provide a PR platform for the boating industry to announce new products and developments. The liaison with government agencies and authorities requires an ever-increasing proportion of DBSV staff`s time, especially dealing with environmental aspects. Manufacturer and user associations are collaborating to achieve a balance with public non-boating interests. The unification of Germany is an extraordinary challenge to the industry as the coastline has doubled, and the very attractive inland waterways – lakes of all sizes, rivers and canals – promise a steady increase in boating once the infrastructure has been developed.