The passion for adventure and the thrill of discovery explain the special commitment of our family to shipbuilding for three generations. The enthusiasm for sailing underlines our philosophy of a constant pursuit of the "ideal product". A yacht that combines functionality, aesthetics and sportiveness in an optimal way.
True to this philosophy, we set high quality standards for our SUNBEAM YACHTS. We pay the greatest attention to the workmanship even in inaccessible places, as this indicates the quality concept of a shipyard better than anything else.
As a result, you will have more pleasure sailing.
Advantage based on tradition
The Schöchl family founded their carpentry business in Mattsee/Salzburg/Austria as early as 1838. Since that time, we have been striving for the highest level of quality. More than 180 years of experience in wood processing and more than 65 years in the development, planning and design of yachts has made us one of the leading shipyards in Europe.
Chronicle of boat building at SUNBEAM YACHTS
Hans Schöchl moves with his family from Austria to Salzburg to buy a farming land. (and founds a carpentry and farming business.)
1816: Salzburg loses its independence and becomes part of Austria after the war with Napoleon
1875: Gottfried I takes over the farm and founds a carpentry workshop.
1914 - 18: World War I
1923: Hans II takes over the company and expands the carpentry business.
1939 - 45: World War II
1950: Hans III and Gottfried II take over the company to launch ship construction.
Construction of the first sailing yachts, form-glued regatta boats (wooden boats)
1961: Obtaining the authorization (trade licence) for the boat building trade
1961: Construction of the first sailing yachts using synthetic technology "sandwiched vacuum foam laminate"
1962: Start of mass production using polyester and epoxy
In 1960 and 1966 Hans and Gottfried won the national sailing championship 5 times altogether.
|1965||New shipyard construction: Enlargement of the shipyard; extension of production and construction of a shipyard site on the lake.|
|Launching production of KEEL yachts. The first series production of a keel yacht in polyester is developed and named the "SUNBEAM 22". Yacht designer: E. G. van de Stadt, Holland.|
|1975||Construction of a new shipyard with a built-up area of approx. 4,000 m2.|
Engineer Manfred Schöchl joins his parents' company.
1980: Foundation of the company branch Yachting Schöchl Italia.
1985: Expansion of export to the U.S.A. and Japan.
MA Engineer Gerhard Schöchl joins his parents' company.
Bestowal of the "Austrian National Herald" as an award for the leading company in the region; for sustainable management, effective staff management and strong customer orientation
1992: First exports to Japan
Manfred Schöchl and Gerhard Schöchl take over the shipyard.
1995: Austria is admitted to the European Union
1995: Award of the "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the trade sector
Foundation of the subsidiary branch: Schöchl-Yachting-Germany.
1998: "Salzburg Regional Award for Marketing, Communication and Design"
|1998||"Salzburg Regional Award for Marketing, Communication and Design", 1st place for the best advertising design.|
|2001||Extension of the shipyard: Construction of a new hall with a converted area of approx. 1,500 m2.|
|2002||Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 26 (EYOTY)|
|2006||Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 53 (EYOTY)|
|2008||WINNER of the award: "EUROPEAN YACHT OF THE YEAR" SUNBEAM 34.1 (EYOTY)|
|2010||Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 30 (EYOTY)|
|2011||Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 42 (EYOTY)|
|2012||Re-launch of "vacuum injection" technology in yacht construction.|
|2013||Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 28 (HISWA) - BENELUX|
|2016||Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 40 (EYOTY)|
Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 22.1 (EYOTY)
WINNER of the award: "YACHT OF THE YEAR" SUNBEAM 22.1 (HISWA)
|2019||Nomination for the YACHT OF THE YEAR: - Sunbeam 46.1 (EYOTY)|
Chronicle of yacht evolution
|Year of market entry||Model||Yacht Constructor and Designer|
|1952||20 m2 racing dinghy, Z-dinghy||Schöchl|
|1952||22 m2 racing dinghy, J-dinghy||Schöchl|
|1953||Flying Dutschman||Conrad Gülcher and Urs van Essen|
|1964||Sunbeam 22||E. G. van de Stadt|
|1985||Sunbeam 34.C, Sunbeam 34.S||Schöchl|
|1991||Sunbeam MS 11||Schöchl|
|1993||Sunbeam 44||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|1994||Sunbeam 39.1, Sunbeam 39.2||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|1995||Sunbeam 33||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|1996||Sunbeam 42.DS||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|1998||Sunbeam 37.1, Sunbeam 37.2||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|1998||Sunbeam 26.1, (2009: Sunbeam 26.2)||Nissen Yachtdesign, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2001||Sunbeam 24.1, (2009: Sunbeam 24.2)||Nissen Yachtdesign, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2004||Sunbeam 20||Nissen Yachtdesign|
|2005||Sunbeam 53.1, (2010: Sunbeam 53.2)||Nissen Yachtdesign, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2007||Sunbeam 34.1||Nissen Yachtdesign, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2008||Sunbeam 30.1 (2017: Sunbeam 30.2)||Nissen Yachtdesign, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2010||Sunbeam 36.1||Nissen Yachtdesign, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2011||Sunbeam 42.1||Nissen Yachtdesign, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2012||Sunbeam 28.1||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2016||Sunbeam 22.1||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|
|2018||Sunbeam 46.1||J&J, interior and deck design: Schöchl|