1st victory for Hanse Yachts
Without ever mentioning its competitor, the Hanse Yachts group welcomes in a statement its victory in court against an Italian shipyard that copied the Fjord 42, a top-of-the-range model from its line of motor boats. The Italian Court of Justice's ruling now prohibits the condemned shipyard from building, selling or delivering the offending model, as well as promoting or exhibiting it, says Hanse yachts. Contacted by BoatIndustry, the German group confirmed that the procedure was aimed at the Pardo 43, the first motor boat of the Italian shipyard known for its Tall Sun sailboats.
Full copy according to Hanse Yachts
When questioned by BoatIndustry, Hanse Yachts did not wish to detail the arguments presented to the court. However, the site's CEO, Jens Gerhardt, insists on the importance of copying in the press release. "Until now, some details had been copied, such as Dehler's Uni Door or the glazing line, signed by the Sealine and Hanse families. We have taken this sportily up to now, and seen it as a compliment in a way to our innovation and the quality of our design. But copying an entire boat is something we can't accept."
The Latin cousin of Fjord 42
During the presentation of the Pardo 43 during the autumn fairs, the similarities between the new Italian model and the Fjord 42 were highlighted by many observers and part of the specialised press. The general lines of the two open hulls, and the T Top that cover them, have obvious common ground. Does that mean a full copy? One has a classic bow and the other an inverted bow. According to Hanse Yachts, the court saw it as a "Latin version" of Fjord 42.
Bad timing for Del Pardo
The decision could be particularly negative for the Del Pardo site. Indeed, the Italian press reported rumours, subsequently denied by the Managing Director Fabio Planamente, that the Trevisani family, owner of the yard, might consider selling the company to consolidate the rest of its activities.