Finding a business boat - without searching?

1 Trainee-Ship TS Roter Sand

2008: Looking for a multihull to support our coaching and training business, my friend Klaus Tietze showed me – after some disappointments – a run-down, red monster ship: a 28m Gaffelketsch. Hesitantly, I boarded the ship and descended the wide companionway into the spacious saloon, dominated by an oval table. At first sight I recognised the fantastic potential for team training and after Klaus started the engine, I was thrilled by the sound and the ship with 24 berths.

For use as a multi-functional and educational vessel, the Roter Sand was modelled on the classic pilot schooners in the German Bight. After the refit, we used her for some time for our team training according to the Ocean Action Learning method, which we use to train managers and corporate teams. 

German registration problems:

It was no longer possible to operate the TS Roter Sand commercially in Germany: she neither fell into the class of traditional ships (not old enough), the class of sail training ships according to IMO was never introduced in Germany, as a charter yacht only a maximum of 12 persons on board were allowed.

Canadian way out:

We chartered and then sold the Roter Sand to the Canadian environmental organisation ECOMARIS, which rebuilt the ship according to the strict Canadian Transport Canada regulations and has been operating it very successfully ever since.

see: https://ecomaris.org/

2 Corsair F31 Trimaran

2016: For several years we repeatedly chartered large traditional ships or catamarans for our team trainings and strategy workshops. For personal executive coachings with 1-2 people, a completely different, new concept presented itself:

Fast coaching on the water with a trailerable racer.

With the trimaran F31-R (the race version with a longer carbon mast) we ran a successful business concept for intensive trainings with 1-2 persons. The use of the largest trailerable, collapsible trimaran was very popular with the management trainees. The way the coachee steered the boat reflected his personality. In this way, sailing decisions could be questioned by the coach. This reflection was seamlessly transferred to business decisions.

Topics such as focus, concentration, resilience, decision-making ability and overview can be quickly brought to light and playfully approached and tried out in a new way with a high level of acceptance. It turns out that experience anchors change in the long term.



3 Catamaran Farrier F41 

2018: There were two considerations for business with ships:
Either continue to use the limited space and comfort of our regatta trimaran for smaller coaching sessions or invest in a larger vessel with more options for team training.

Unique opportunity and criteria

The exciting offer of a fast global cruiser in the form of the F41R catamaran suited us very well. The following criteria played a role in our decision:

  • Year-round use possible
  • Size of the vessel in relation to running costs
  • Speed potential for safe sailing (avoiding storms or sailing away)
  • Budget and headroom
  • Comfort for long cruises
  • Familiar Farrier design with lightweight, efficient construction from high quality, durable building materials
  • Centreboards for flexible lateral area
  • Minimal draught, folding rudder and stability to dry
  • Sailing and handling / Single-handed?
  • Engine: propulsion & power supply
  • Independence over a three-month period (energy, food, water)
  • Loading capacity