A man whose personality, commitment and enthusiasm for large yachts set new standards in the superyacht world, Hermann Schaedla, responsible for the management of the German superyacht builder Abeking and Rasmussen has died suddenly aged 76.
He grew up in America but returned to Germany in his twenties. In 1959, the 24 year old took over the shipyard from his grandfather and company founder Henry Rasmussen. From that day forward, he transformed his visions of extraordinary, unique ships into reality.
For more than 50 years, he has steered the fortunes of Abeking and Rasmussen, building it into one of the best regarded names in superyacht construction.
He began with sailing ships, later moving onto motor yachts and naval vessels for countries the world over.
His success will be remembered for decades to come.