A tremendous know-how

The crew of YYachts has several hundred years of professional experience in yacht building. 

We form a real team made up of the most diverse personalities and nationalities. We discuss with each other with enthusiasm and are only satisfied when the best solution has been found. 

Our common credo is simple: only yachts that we would sail around the world ourselves leave the shipyard. Experience and reliability in the construction of fast luxury sailing yachts is essential for us.

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Alfons Gappa

Après avoir obtenu son diplôme d'études secondaires et après avoir beaucoup voyagé en Amérique du Sud, ce marin accompli a commencé un stage de constructeur de bateaux chez YYachts. Outre le produit en tant que tel, c'est la diversité de la profession qui a motivé Alfons Gappa à postuler au sein du chantier YYachts. Actuellement, il travaille principalement sur le Y8 et installe les meubles à bord, sous la direction de Tom Reinhardt. Gappa : "Ce qui me passionne chez YYachts, c'est la construction moderne de yachts et l'équipe est fun et très agréable."

second Managing Director

Christian Möller

Christian Möller works as the second Managing Director at YYachts. Born in Hamburg, he is an experienced manager who has already held similar positions at various companies, including CFO at Procon Multimedia AG, where he also accompanied the company's IPO. At YYachts, the 56-year-old takes care of production, purchasing and project management and optimises structures with his expertise. "My dream has always been to work in yachting," says Möller, who has known YYachts founder Michael Schmidt since the 1980s.

Möller has already proven that he knows something about sailing at numerous regattas. Among others, he was a member of the crews of the "I-Punkt", the "Diva" and the "Rubin" and took part in numerous regattas around the globe. With his own boat, he undertook tours in Europe and the Caribbean.


Christian Schaaf

Christian Schaaf, Warehouse Master at YYachts, is responsible for production purchasing. His duties include warehouse management and logistics, such as handling raw materials and procuring spare parts needed in production. Schaaf has more than 20 years of experience as a captain on a variety of traditional sailing vessels.  

Dreaming of it as a child, he started to approach boatbuilding at the age of 18 and first spent a few years as a crew member until he finally became a captain. In 2020, he decided to move his life ashore and joined the YYachts team.

Head of R&D

Guillaume Florent

Guillaume Florent, Head of Research & Development at YYachts, joined our team in February 2021.  He is responsible for Research & Development with a focus on developing technical innovations of composite materials and methods for the next YYachts projects.

The challenge at YYachts for Florent is to develop new breakthrough materials and processes to produce a higher quality hull and deck structure while reducing boat displacement and lead times.

Florent, incidentally, already looks back on a very successful sailing career. He stood on the podium at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with a bronze medal in Finn sailing, and he made his Olympic debut in Atlanta in 1996 in the Laser class. In his second Olympic appearance in Athens in 2004, he finished eighth in the regatta. His big-boat career took him to an America's Cup team and to the Volvo Ocean Race as helmsman.

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Francesca Modica

Italian-born Francesca Modica has been a member of the YYachts team since beginning of 2020 and is now the managing director of the YYachts office in Palma de Mallorca. Modica, equipped with two master's degrees (yacht design and architecture), came to YYachts with three years of professional experience at Lorenzo Argento Yacht Design, among others, becoming our Head of Design of YYachts brand.

YYachts founder Michael Schmidt: "Francesca brings a wonderful understanding of design from her work in various Milanese offices and that certain Mediterranean touch that is enormously important when building boats that are mainly used in the Mediterranean."


Georg Schmidt

Georg Schmidt, qui possède une grande expérience dans la construction de yachts, est responsable de l'assurance qualité et de l'optimisation chez YYachts depuis décembre 2022. Il travaillait auparavant dans le service après-vente d'un autre chantier naval et apporte un grand savoir-faire dans sa nouvelle fonction. George Schmidt qui est né à Wolgast et vit à Greifswald, est un marin enthousiaste qui a commencé sa carrière sportive sur Optimistes. Il participe aujourd'hui avec succès à des régates sur de grands yachts. Le père de Georg Schmidt lui a manifestement transmis sa passion pour les sports nautiques dès le berceau - il dirige une marina prospère dans la région.

I love to work with a very professional team, which allows me to continue to improve and think and shape the future of sailing yachts

Giancarlo Polar

Giancarlo is part of our yacht design team and works out of the YYachts office in Palma de Mallorca. Growing up on the coast of Peru, sailing has always been a great passion of Giancarlo's, who always spent his free time on the water with family and friends.

At the age of 17, he finally wanted to greatly deepen his knowledge of sailing and began to participate in regattas and shortly afterwards work as an operations manager of a Peruvian offshore sailing team At the age of 22, he was finally an active part of the team himself and gained his first knowledge of the business side of sailing.

To further his qualifications, he completed a master's degree in yacht design in Milan and since graduating has since become an important part of the design team at YYachts. Overjoyed, he comments on this position: "I can be part of an ambitious project again and work with a very professional team, allowing me to continue to improve and think and shape the future of sailing yachts."


Ina Schulze

Ina Schulze

Ina Schulze, Project Management & Wood Engineering, joins the YYachts team at the beginning of 2021. She has several years of experience working for leading global interior designers and has spent six years in China, three in Dubai and two in New York working for renowned shipyards and clients on the interiors of prestigious luxury yachts. 

Among other things, Ina Schulze supervised the project management of the mega yacht "A" designed by Philippe Starck at HDW/TKMS shipyard in Kiel as well as the design coordination in Dubai. Ina was also a partner in the design and development of complex furniture for a 160-metre yacht designed by Terence Disdale and built at Blohm & Voss. She also led the development of the furniture design for a 141-metre yacht built in Abu Dhabi.


Janko Janzen

Janko Janzen, né en 1986 à Wolgast, est un enfant de la région et un constructeur de bateaux passionné. Après un apprentissage de menuisier, il a travaillé dans plusieurs menuiseries de renom avant de rejoindre l'équipe de YYachts. Marié et père d'un enfant, il occupe le poste de chef de projet pour le modèle du Y7, mais il est également consulté pour toutes autres questions délicates au chantier. Le credo de Janzen est le suivant : "Surveiller et optimiser en permanence les processus et les modules d’aménagement intérieur. La technique doit être à cent pour cent parfaite pour qu'un YYacht devienne un YYacht".


Jens Renner

Jens Renner, 37, has been Production Manager at YYachts since 2019. He has worked in the shipbuilding industry for 15 years, starting as a carpenter in 2006 and moving to the specialist logistics department a year later. Renner was responsible for boat handover to customers and the after-sales programme for boats ranging from 35 to 65 feet in length at a large shipyard. 

Jens has now been working at the YYachts shipyard since the beginning of 2016 and is now responsible for production and after-sales. As YYachts Production Manager, he ensures that all construction phases run smoothly and efficiently. At the same time, he ensures that the work is carried out on schedule and in compliance with the highest quality requirements.


John Steinfurth

John Steinfurth started his professional career as an electrician in Hamburg before gaining experience in Switzerland and Australia, where he also worked in deep-sea fishing. 

This activity in particular left a strong impression on him, so that he became interested in the yachting industry after returning to Europe. In 2017, he joined YYachts after having worked for other shipyards and is currently responsible for the construction and assembly of electrical components. 

At the same time, he works closely with the project managers to optimise the design of the electrical components. John is responsible for everything on board that runs on electricity. His main concern is to combine aesthetics and functionality to create a high-quality yacht.

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Head of Production

Luca Giammattei

Luca Giammattei has been working for YYachts as Head of Production for four years. The Italian is responsible for the entire technical equipment of the yachts and has already developed numerous innovations for YYachts. Before joining Greifswald, Giammattei was employed at several Italian shipyards, where he realised a number of large yacht projects and can already look back on 25 years of professional experience. He is one of the main pillars of the YYachts team.

Project Management

Maik Ellen

Maik Ellen, a naval architect, originally comes from Oldenburg, and thus grew up very close to the renowned shipyards Lürssen, Fassmer and Abeking & Rasmussen. This is where his passion for ships and seafaring developed; at the age of 14 he was already sailing on the North Sea with his uncle. After training as a metalworker, he studied shipbuilding in Kiel and later worked at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg as a project manager, most recently coordinating the shipbuilding interior design. 

As an experienced yacht all-rounder, he was drawn to North America and Mexico before joining YYachts. His expertise lies primarily in technical project management; his passion is fast, beautiful sailing yachts.


Marc Dörband

Marc Dörband, 25, born in Greifswald, is a trained locksmith at YYachts.  Marc pursued his great passion for building luxury yachts in 2019 when he joined YYachts. His main tasks are the assembly of heavy material - for example, the engines, the generators, the air-conditioning systems, the wiring and connectors, as well as the bathrooms and sanitary facilities.  Marc loves working on high-end yachts, where every single detail makes all the difference.

Gestion de la qualité

Mario Foy

Celui qui a grandi sur l'eau se sent naturellement particulièrement à l'aise dans un chantier naval. Né à Anklam en 1986, passionné de voile, Mario Foy a effectué un apprentissage de constructeur de bateaux juste après l'école et il est resté fidèle par vocation à son métier jusqu'à aujourd'hui. Il travaille depuis 2018 pour le chantier naval YYachts, où il apprécie d’effectuer des tâches très variée. En tant que chef de projet, il s'occupe principalement du Y9 et supervise l'installation de tous les composants à bord. Il remarque : "Sur plusieurs milliers de kilomètres aux alentours, personne ne construit des yachts plus grands et plus cools qu’ici."


Martin Petersen

Martin Petersen, 31, born in Demmin, is a trained electrical engineer with an apprenticeship as a motor vehicle mechatronics technician.  He has six years' experience as a master car mechanic, but decided to make a career change in 2017 and started at YYachts.

As a master electrician, Martin Petersen is responsible for ensuring that the electrical work in production can run as efficiently and with the highest possible quality. Petersen has always been driven by the desire for improvement and the will to keep raising the bar. 

"Working at YYachts is unique. I get to work closely with the whole team and the biggest reward is when the boat is finished and you can test and sail it. That's the icing on the cake."


Mirko Ihlenfeld

Mirko Ihlenfeld is a carpenter through and through. After his apprenticeship in Lubmin, he gained professional experience in the Netherlands and then returned to his home country. Born in Greifswald, he has been involved with boats and yachts for more than ten years. At YYachts, he appreciates the challenge of implementing the interior in consistent lightweight construction and cooperating with world-renowned designers.

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Philipp Kottke

Philipp Kottke YYachts

Philipp Kottke a travaillé au sein de YYachts à plusieurs postes. Il est natif de Straslund et a eu une formation de constructeur de bateaux. Il a débuté au chantier naval en 2019. Il a dans un premier temps été employé dans l'équipe de construction du pont, puis dans la préparation des modules. Philipp Kottke est à présent en charge de la construction du pont et est considéré comme responsable de l'installation de tous les capots et hublots, de tous les raccords ainsi que du réglage du pont. Chez YYachts, il apprécie l'équipe "super cool" et bien sûr les yachts.


Raeed Ghabra

Raeed Ghabra has been part of the YYachts team since 2016, having moved to Germany from Swaida/Syria a year earlier. Ghabra studied aerospace engineering and is therefore well equipped for all high-tech tasks. At YYachts, he mainly creates construction drawings and plant plans. He says: "My first contact with a boat was a small unstable craft that we fled Syria with. Now I work on such fantastic and fast luxury yachts and I'm very proud to lead the technical team."


Stefan Schöler

Stefan Schöler works as Head of Marketing & Communications at YYachts and is thus also responsible for social media management, official press releases and website design. Schöler has been working in the yachting industry for more than 20 years and has known YYachts founder Michael Schmidt since 2004, when he joined HanseYachts as a marketing specialist. At the Greifswald shipyard group, he was responsible for creative marketing concepts, websites and stakeholder relations for the group's eight brands.

Schöler, 50, a business mathematician and scientist, has already founded and managed several digital companies during his career and - on a voluntary basis - also served as chairman of a sailing club for five years. He started sailing at the age of seven, pursued the hobby as a high-performance sport in the meantime and won a large number of inland and offshore regattas.


Tino Heckmann

Tino Heckmann is YYachts' wood expert and responsible for managing the wood workshop at the production facility. Tino is a trained carpenter specialising in wood mechanics and is now one of the production leaders responsible for woodworking. 

He supervises and coordinates the carpenters and is responsible for high-precision wood modelling according to interior and exterior design projects. Tino is extremely experienced in yacht building and participated in his first YYachts projects in 2017.

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