Published: Thursday, 12 September 2013
Mike Fulton

The Cannes Boat Show has just opened with an impressive 550 boats on display, of which 150 are new this year. The show will run until 15 September.

Organiser Alain Pichavant, head of the Sports and Leisure department at Reed Exhibitions France, said: “Some 150 new models have been unveiled here for the first time, makes us very happy and proud as it shows our standing in the international market.”

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He pointed out that over 70 percent of the 480 exhibitors were foreign coming from some 35 countries on five continents. Over 80 percent of the boats moored at the show were foreign built.

Previously, the concentration has always been on larger and larger yachts. This year has seen a bit of a reversal with a drop in the size of motoryachts but and increase in sailing yachts. There has been an increase in number and size of multihulls.

Another indication of the appeal of the show has been the fact that despite the economic downturn the organisers have been able to still fill the same 3000,000-square feet of space as last year with an increase of some 30 percent of new clients. Some of them are brand new yards that have never been to Cannes while others are returning after many years absence.

This year’s boat show is very much focused on boats from 10 metres to 50 metres. Most of the new boats have been lined up in the Vieux Port, near the Palais des Festivals. Some 180 of the new yachts of over 20m are being exhibited there. Port Pierre Canto is again where most of the European and American brokers are to be found along with charter companies, equipment providers, refit yards and service companies.