Published: Monday, 23 September 2013
Mike Fulton

The 36th edition of the Festival de al Plaisance de Cannes or Cannes Boat Show, which is normally considered as a warm up to the Monaco Yacht Show and generally features smaller superyachts, concluded last week with better than expected attendance. Some 50,000 visitors passed through the gates, about 85 percent of whom were foreigners.

The venue was stretched over Vieux Port (mostly new boats), Port Pierre Canto and the Riviera with a total of 450 exhibitor tents. There were 550 boats on display this year, both on water and land. Some 150 of these were new launches timed for release at the event. Of the boats on display 180 of them were over 20 metres and 22 of those were over 40 metres.

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There was a good international mix at this year’s show with the 480 exhibitors at the show coming from 34 different countries. The vast majority of the exhibited boats were from overseas.

The brokerage and charter section was housed on Port Pierre Canto and had 49 different boats ranging from 22 to 62 metres on display.

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Although better than had been expected, traffic was generally down but serious enquiries were up. This was considered indicative of a Eurozone recovery after its 18-month recession leading to greater optimism and a more upbeat outlook. By the end of the show many exhibitors reported that they were in serious discussions with interested buyers. At least 50 percent of the business conducted at the show was done over the weekend before the close on Sunday evening.

Cannes Boat Show Better Than Expected

Isabella Picco, the chief of communications at Overmarine, maker of Mangusta-branded yachts noted: “While traffic was slower, it was of better quality this year. Friday and Saturday were really busy. European and Russian buyers dominate Cannes. The Russians were certianly out in force this year accounting for one in three visitors at some stands. Monaco will have a more worldwide audience with many US and Arabic clients.

The new Moonen 100 Explorer was there as was Sofia with her three-seater submarine. The 100 Explorer is now looking for a new owner, since the original client pulled out.

On the closing Sunday many of the exhibitors at Cannes were busy dismantling their stands and getting ready to move to Monaco ready for the opening of the Yacht Show on 25 September.

The dates for next year's Cannes Boat Show have already been set for 9 to 14 September 2014.