Polish marine industry has a long tradition. Many boat builders were established after World War I, when Poland regained its independence in 1918. There are also shipyards that were already known in the 19th century.
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Over the last two decades, the production of yachts in Poland has been growing rapidly. At the beginning of the 1990s, the value of about 3000 finished yachts was several million dollars. Currently, the production amounts to over 20,000 sailboats and motor yachts and is worth several hundred million dollars. Let’s also add that between 2005 and 2007, when production worldwide grew at a rate of several percent per year, the sales of Polish yachts exceeded 22.5 thousand per year! It can be assumed that this is also a real potential of Polish boat builders.
The global economic crisis has caused a deep recession in the maritime industry. In the United States sales fell by more than 50 % and the situation in Europe was only slightly better. Polish boat manufacturers are highly dependent on exports, as about 95 % of their production is shipped abroad.
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The largest and most important boat builders are located in four Polish regions: Western Pomerania, Pomerania, Warmia and Mazury and Suwałki. This is where more than 80% of Polish sailing yachts and houseboats are produced. These four regions are the cradle of Polish sailing and maritime industry.
It is there that the industry’s scientific and research facilities are developed, which in turn has given it a strong position on international markets. It took many years and many skilled people to create this base. Our high position is the result of the work of people who have spent many years designing and building sailing yachts and power boats (day cruiser, pilothouse and cabin cruiser).
For more than 40 years we have belonged to a block of countries where each country has designated sectors to specialize. Poland has been chosen as the main producer of tanks (displacement hull) and yachts (planing hull), among others.
The production of armoured combat vehicles has not been a great success, but the production of yachts has managed quite well and is also flourishing in today’s market economy. Many yachts sailing in the waters of the former Soviet Union – Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – are already labelled “Made in Poland”.
However, it was only after the political transformation that the market economy was able to develop freely in Poland, as well as the maritime industry, with its extraordinary dynamism. Foreign capital began to flow into Poland. The biggest producers in the world – Parker Boats, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Quicksilver – placed orders for their yachts and boats in Polish shipyards, not only because the labour force is cheaper in Poland, but also because there is a professional and highly skilled staff in Poland who can cope with difficult production (like boats with flybridge). Seeing a chance for profit, new domestic economic entities are created, as well as boat manufacturers and factories producing yacht equipment.