Saxdor Yachts

Founded in 2019 out of the pencil of the internationally recognized boating industry maestro Sakari Mattila, Saxdor Yachts is the fastest-growing premium boat brand in Europe.

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Making waves with style

Originating from a vision to create a boat fleet that has never existed before, Saxdor boats are built with the highest standards of cutting-edge technologies and attention to safety.

Saxdor Yachts is a Finnish motor boat manufacturer headquartered in Helsinki with its own shipyard based in Ełk, Poland. There, in the heart of the Suwalki Special Economic Zone, with the help of more than 300 professional staff, penciled-out boating dreams become reality. 

The shipyard team possesses the expertise and experience to construct the highest-quality vessels, which have been awarded the Best of Boat Award 2020, European Power Boat of the Year 2021, and Motor Boat Award 2022, among other international titles.

Saxdor has built an extensive network of experienced dealers, ensuring the brand’s presence in more than 40 markets on five continents. Our investment in the new multi-million dollar production facility, due October 2022, will provide more than 300 additional jobs in the Masurian Lake District.

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Concept and design

At Saxdor, the design process starts with a clear vision embedded in the brand’s DNA. It comes from the award-winning Chief Designer, Sakari Mattila. His view translates into a research-based concept. The concept turns into a boat layout – the key element of every new range.

The design process is teamwork from the earliest stage. We involve renowned international boat design agencies to introduce new features and cutting-edge technologies for the best boating experience. Our designers, naval architects, production planners, and product developers at Saxdor Shipyard are top experts in their respective fields. Since every stage of design affects serial production, close cooperation between the design and production teams is essential.

Saxdor’s signature hull always takes the center stage in the design process. The two stepped deep V-hull effortlessly knives the waves and performs well in choppy conditions. The smart hull also improves fuel efficiency, which is one of the crucial elements of Saxdor’s concept thinking.

When it comes to safety, for Saxdor there are no compromises. All safety calculations are done with the official IMCI and Abyc certifications.

Boating enthusiasts around the world agree that the most wanted qualities of a yacht include Italian cutting-edge design, American functionality, German quality, and French competitive pricing. Saxdor combines all of these characteristics in its own unique, Scandinavian way.

Our milestones

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Saxdor Yachts Oy comes to life

On 23 October 2019, the mother company of what later becomes the Saxdor Group–Saxdor Yachts Oy–officially enters the Finnish business registry and the history of Saxdor begins.

Elite Shipyard, the subsidiary of Saxdor Group, starts production

November – With less than a dozen of staff, two small offices, and one production hall, Elite Shipyard begins the production of Saxdor’s first boat model, the 200, in Ełk, Poland.

The first Saxdor boat leaves the shipyard

January – After months of design work, testing, implementing, and then testing again, the first Saxdor 200 is finally ready. Boat number #101 is still the property of the company so that in the summer months Saxdor employees can enjoy it on the calm waters of the Masurian Lakes.

Saxdor premieres the 320 GTO model

January – The world becomes acquainted with Saxdor 320 GTO, which in no time becomes the brand’s bestseller.

Saxdor appoints new CEO, Erna Rusi

October – With a strong background in leadership and strategy in international companies, Erna Rusi, Saxdor’s new CEO, brings on board extensive experience in branding, marketing, sales, and business.

Construction of the new production facility begins

November – Saxdor’s multimillion-dollar investment in the new shipyard becomes the talk of the town. Watch out, boatbuilders! If we could rock the industry with products made in rented spaces, wait until you see the first ones coming out of the new production hall.

Elite Shipyard changes its name to Saxdor Shipyard

January – In the spirit of the “One team, one company” slogan, Elite Shipyard becomes history, and Saxdor Shipyard comes to life. What from the outside might have looked like a cosmetic change, was an important step towards creating a unified front as Saxdor Group.

Saxdor Academy comes to life

April – The interest in our educational project, Saxdor Academy, starts on a high note. Through the series of introductory events at elementary schools, we are introducing Elk’s first boatbuilding vocational program to potential candidates and their parents.

1000th boat leaves Saxdor Shipyard

September – Another important milestone is reached. In between hundreds of Saxdor 200s, 320 GTOs, and 320 GTCs, the shipyard’s production comes down to a total of 1000 boats made. We couldn’t be more proud!

Young boat builders start the school year

Saxdor Academy officially welcomes 29 first-year vocational students, who in three years will receive the professional titles of boat makers. Selected classes are taught by the Saxdor staff.

Saxdor premieres the 270 GTO model

September – 2022 Southampton International Boat Show hosts the world premiere of Saxdor’s “little big sensation,” the 270. It’s everything you ever wanted…and more.

Saxdor announces the surprise launch of the 205

September – After months of collecting feedback about the strongest sides of the 200 model, we give you the 205! If you’re wondering which one, 200 or 205, to take—with the Saxdor price, you can easily have both.

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