Built without compromise
Heading up the third generation family owned business Florian Graf discusses their passion for wood, craftsmanship and exceeding client expectations
Whether as a tender to a superyacht or a fast sporty dayboat, the Graf Ipanema is true to the concept of classic boat building à la Riva. Meticulous planning governs every aspect of the design, choice of materials and construction methods. In the yard everything is done only with traditional tools. The Graf’s experienced boatbuilders work with both precision and intuition making the best of raw materials, wood, leather, chrome, resulting in worldclass craftsmanship from bow to stern.
Florian and Gunther Graf are boatbuilders situated between Munich and Lake Constance and established for over 50 years. Their strength lies in the attention to detail. A technically perfect hull is one thing, but the elegant and unique appearance can only be accomplished by loving care in the detail. The hull is carvel-planked with triple skin diagonal mahogany, a method which may even surprise inveterate fans of classic boats. More importantly, the outer visible layer is made in one piece along the whole length of the boat.
It is the detailed quality of the craftsmanship and the chosen materials which make the deepest impression: fine oxhide and alcantara leather, high-grade woollen materials, finest wood (mahogany, teak, larch, oak, okourné) brass chroming and stainless steel and a curved panoramic windscreen. The compact cabin of the boat provides a useful mobile changing area finished in matching woods and leather.
The motorization of the GRAF Ipanema fulfils all desires: whether driven by a single drive with z- propeller for the pragmatist or with dual drive and v-gear for the purist, the speed, drive characteristics and high performance are simply the best. She remains straight and level whether running on a tight curve or surging forward delivering comfort and elegance.
Boatbuilders may sometimes compromise their craftsmanship by just maintaining the best quality products where visible – but not the Ipanema. The Grafs aim to always use the best equipment everywhere – even the cabin is made of the finest materials seeking the ultimate perfection. There is enough space for six persons to sit comfortably around the mahogany table which can be folded and stowed away with the concealed champagne flutes, luxurious comfort for the skipper and one privileged mate. There is also ample storage space and a capacious cupboard cooler under the leather seating area.
Aft is the essential solarium – also made of fine leather – with steps down to the teak anti-skid swim platform. Most of the fittings on and under the deck have been especially designed, moulded and chromed for the Ipanema or directly made in V4A stainless steel. All the modern drive kit is cleverly concealed so that nothing mars the nostalgic appeal of the interior.
“Tall and tan and young and lovely” sang Antônio Carlos Jobim in the classic song about the girl from Ipanema, An apt name for a great boat!
In addition, there are two other models of the IPANEMA series. IPANEMA – HARDTOP and IPANEMA – WALKAROUND
IPANEMA – HARDTOP
The interior can be kept or changed according to the customers’ request. The hardtop is composed of a panoramic sunroof and side windows. The sunroof can be retracted automatically to make it easier and more comfortable for you to come on board and enjoy the blazing sun.
IPANEMA – WALKAROUND
Whether as a classic sun boat or tender both mean joy of leisure while elegance and exclusiveness are still ensured. As usual we can of course realise all your special requests – just let us know!
We are currently working on a model in the 7.5m range. The focus here is also on the classic look combined with high quality craftsmanship which will have our signature touches and meet the highest quality standards.
For more details Tel: + 49 8263 383 or visit www.graf-bootsbau.de