The third sunny day of the currently running Genoa International Boat Show 2014 was marked by great news for the nautical market. There has been an increase in overall turnover and nautical leasing contract value in the first months of 2014.
The earliest figures provided by the UCINA Research Office on the sector economics reveal an increase: the projections for the 2014 trend indicate a general turnover growth between +2 and +7%.
The starting point lies in the 2,43 billion Euros of 2013, and the internal market performance is highly determining for positioning the sector within this price bracket. Italy, by all means, remains the undisputed leader in the field of super yachts production, covering 37% of global commissions. The first three shipyards of the world ranking are Italian (Azimut-Benetti, Sanlorenzo and Ferretti Group) and they represent 20% of worldwide orders.
The direct operators of the Italian nautical industry are 18.000, with an overall – unfortunately negative – variation of -5% registered for 2012/2013. Including the sectors of spin-off and maritime tourism, this figure raises to 90.000.
Furthermore, it is worth noticing how the first months of 2014 recorded a tendency inversion in terms of value of the nautical leasing contracts framed. After six years of dramatic decrease, an encouraging growth of +5%, compared to the previous season, has been registered between January and July 2014.
After only three days of exhibition, the event organisers declare themselves satisfied: “The first feedbacks coming in are positive- stated Anton Francesco Albertoni, President of I Saloni Nautici – The operators, apart from reporting an abundance in terms of visitors number, highlight the presence of highly-motivated people. The Boat Show is revealing itself as a proper marketplace for boat sale”.
In the area along the piers there is a great bustle and the new layout, which includes more afloat boats and a more aware and rational goods partitioning, seems to work very well.
For the first time, the sailing universe is at the core of the exhibition, and there are lot of “new entries” such as the global première of the Advanced 44 and the Italia 15.98, two gems of the Made in Italy. Among the sailing boats, the brand new Vismara V 80 sailing yacht Nakupenda and Solaris 58 by Se.Ri.Gi. stand out.
The power and engine world is also offering brand new pearls to the Boat Show, which this year seems to be very much focused on the category of medium-sized boats. Rose Island launches the Rose Island 53 for the first time, Austin Parker the brand new A64 Fly, Absolute the innovative 58 and Cranchi the 43 Eco Trawler. In addition, a first preview of the Paranà 38 by Rio Yachts. Finally, the Wider 32 stands out in terms of project innovation.
Many are the upcoming news regarding inflatable boats too. Among the most interesting: Zar 49, Capelli Tempest 570, Solemar 350 Oceanic, Predator 650 Italboats, Marlin Boat 298, Scanner 710 Envy, and the MV 620 by Motonautica Vesuviana.
The sailing performance is, with no doubt, the undisputed protagonist of this third day: the special guest Max Sirena, Luna Rossa’s skipper, answers to the questions of journalists and visitors in the Teatro del Mare; meanwhile, the Audi Sailing Series is disputed right in front of the Boat Show buildings; finally, the FIV (Federazione Italiana Vela) organizes boat trips for young people from the city schools and for all the young visitors who would like to try for the first time the emotion of sailing.