September 15, 2015

Boat Show - Cannes 2015 Review

The Cannes boat show closed its doors past Saturday 13 September, an event which has become the most important European exhibit for medium to big size motor boats in recent years with a unique international flavour.  This years show started Tuesday September 8, and ended Saturday 13. But unlike the last five years the 2015 edition looked a bit like the Cannes Festival of a decade ago, seeing the Italians in full force, and the British a bit on the gallery, and the Dutch on the look out for opportunities.  No real novelty from the two of three of the known British builders; Fairline, and Sunseeker, while Princess came with it a World first of the 35 M. The Italians; Absolute, Azimut, Cranchi, and Ferretti where all in full swing not only with novelties but also showing the course of things to come in the coming year. Most important the novelties from Ferretti and Azimut all brought something new to the table, and I deliver a strong remark that the new Riva 88 Florida was the most beautiful boat of the show.  None the less the innovators where not only the Italians; Poland's Galeon new 500 Fly was surely the most innovative boat, and the Beneteau Group was also in full swing with the aggressive 40 Gran Turismo first design for the GT range by Nuvolari Lenard, and a new motor boat flagship; the awaited Montecarlo Yacht MCY105 also designed by the Italian designers.  As a return it was also nice to see some high quality from the Americans; Hatteras with three boats including a Europe first for the 100 MY already in its fourth hull delivered, and Sea Ray competing in the fifty feet plus yacht segment with the very nice and European looking L-class series. Unfortunately Cannes Festival 2015 also closed the door with the tragedy of a young woman losing her life during the sea trial of a large twelve meter rib during the morning of Saturday.  

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