Schuchter Sportboot AG

Seestr. 5, 8712 Stäfa
Telephone +41 44 9266061
Fax +41 44 9267359

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Our range of products

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  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.01  Sailing Boats & Yachts
  • 01.01.03  Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

Our products

Product category: Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

ESSE 750

The Esse 750 was designed as a two-man racer, although the boat’s construction, technical features and perfect handling also make it great fun to sail single-handedly in all conditions.

As with other boats constructed by Esseboats, Josef Schuchter once again entrusted the development to the Italian designer Umberto Felci. This ensured the continuation of the successful design concept of the Esse 850 and the Esse 990. The boat’s hull and deck are carbon composite sandwich, constructed using the infusion process. The mast is also made of carbon. The modern sail plan includes a self-tacking jib, a square top mainsail and gennaker.

The gennaker is set through a launching tube. As neither a backstay nor runners are used and the gennaker is dropped using a dropline, single-handed sailing is no problem in all conditions.

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Product category: Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

ESSE 850

It all started with the idea of creating a sporty sailing boat, offering above-average qualities and yet still being very easy to handle. This is the precise concept on which Umberto Felci based his designs for Esse 850. The boat’s perfect functionality across a wide spectrum of wind and wave conditions has proved itself in many different waters, from Alpine lakes to the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines.

Winner of Sportboot Euro 2004, European boat of the year 2005, Sailing boat of the year in the overall category in the USA 2007, foundation of the International Esse 850 Class in 2007.

The hull and deck are built in north Italy out of epoxy and vinylester with a PVC sandwich core. Schuchter Sportboot AG on Lake Zurich makes the keel and rudder and also takes care of the fitting out and finishing. The keel is retracted by 50cm when on the trailer in order to reduce the overall towing height to 3.30 m. An optional lifting device can be purchased in order to reduce the depth of the keel to 1.55 m while in the water for harbour manoeuvres under motor. The weight of the empty boat is 1260 kg, 700kg of which is in keel ballast. The modern aluminium rig does not require runners and the gennaker pole is made of carbon.

Boat complete with rod rigging, sheets and halyards, lifting strap, Bartels under deck mounted jib roller reefing, Harken deck fittings, outboard motor bracket.

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Product category: Sailing Yachts/Cabin Boats (Sail)

ESSE 990

The Esse 990 combines everything you need for day sailing in style. The sleek and elegant lines keep their promise and give the boat an incomparable feeling of almost weightless gliding, even when the breeze is very light.

Could it also be a bit more sporty? No problem! Even with a modest crew, the Esse 990 reveals its enormous potential and leaves all competition in its wake.

The main features of the boat’s construction are the solid and stiff sandwich construction in high-quality epoxy resin. The rig and gennaker boom are made of carbon. Standard fittings also include an inboard motor with saildrive and a self-tacking jib. The dimensions of 9.99 m length and 2.55 m beam allow easy transportation by trailer.

The duplex steel keel structure supports the lead bulb and is a liftable keel so that the draft can be reduced to 1.70 m. The gennaker boom can easily be extended and retracted from the cockpit. In addition to the extensive standard fittings, various options such as teak deck and special exterior colours are also available.

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About us

Company details

Pure sailing fun, without much effort, with a small crew or single-handed – on a boat that, even when there is very little wind, doesn’t just bob along but truly sails. A boat that is safe, stable and yet fast when the wind is strong. This is something Josef Schuchter had wanted to achieve for quite some time. There was no such concept on the international boat market. And people who appreciate excellent sailing qualities want a boat that does not require a large crew.

Having talked to various designers, Josef Schuchter felt that Umberto Felci understood best what he wanted to do. By the end of October 2003, the main lines had been defined and the development team, consisting of Felci Design, the Proteus boatyard on Lake Garda and Schuchter Sportboot AG, were working on all the finer details, whilst the negative moulds for the Esse 850 had already been made.

Following an intense period of development, the very first Esse 850 boat took to the water on 3 March 2004. The boat worked perfectly right from the very beginning. The easy handling they had aimed for, combined with finely-tuned helming, ensured great sailing enjoyment right from the off.

The Esse 850 proved how fast it can sail just a week later at the winter regatta in Lugano. Despite considerable competition, Josef Schuchter and his team won the first race with the Esse 850 SUI-001, without previously having carried out any speed tests. Other regatta successes followed in the same year, the highlight of which was the European Sports Boat Championships with participants from seven nations. Three Esse 850 boats were at the start and finished in first and second place. Even before the Esse 850 had completed its final tests in Barcelona, the eleven leading European yachting magazines had already nominated the boat for the “European boat of the year” award. In February 2005 at the “Boot” boat show in Düsseldorf, Schuchter Sportboot AG was awarded the prestigious prize.

Schuchter Sportboot AG continued to work on the successful concept of the Esse 850 and, with the Esse 990 and Esse 750, developed more unique sailing boats, combining sporty sailing with perfect functionality and easy handling.

Today you can find Esse yachts in many regions of the world, from the Baltic to the South of France and the USA. Both the Esse 850 and the Esse 750 have their own regatta series, with attractive events taking part in various locations, such as Monaco, Lake Maggiore, Lake Geneva, Lake Garda, Lake Constance and Lake Zurich.

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