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France hosts unique International Multihull Show

Published on May 12, 2016 by   ·   No Comments


Having identified a gaping hole in the market, the first International Multihull Boat Show opened in France in 2010 and has grown in stature ever since. April 13 to 17 saw the seventh edition with no less than 60 boats, 150 exhibitors and 17,000 visitors in attendance.

Hosted at La Grande Motte, a purpose-built seaside resort in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, the International Multihull Boat Show brings together catamarans and trimarans, motor and sail, and is unique on the global stage. Potential buyers travel from every corner and such is the Show’s stature that various shipyards have adjusted their production dates to take the event into consideration.


Furthermore several manufacturers chose to premiere latest models, among them the Nautitech 46 Open from Bavaria Catamarans, a three- or four-cabin sailing cat manufactured in the port of Rochefort on the Atlantic coast of southwest France, the Privilège Serie 6 and Serie 7 catamarans from Privilège Marine, also on the west Atlantic coast, and local La Grande Motte-based Outremer’s 4X which they launched in the company of famous French yachtsman Loïck Peyron.

Franck Darnet, Founder of eponymous Franck Darnet Design, with offices in Nantes and Miami, has been responsible for the interiors of dozens of production sailing yachts including the aforementioned Nautitech, Outremer and Privilège providing a superb showcase for the Company’s award-winning work.


“The 2016 International Multihull Show was great,” says Franck. “This Show may not be located in one of the main French harbours, but due to its specialism, and the fact that there is no other catamaran show of its kind anywhere else in the world, multihull enthusiasts come from far and wide. Our stand welcomed clients from Australia and America and, while the Show doesn’t occupy a vast area, the high quality of the customers makes it well worth attending. In fact, most of them are real buyers.”

“We were very happy to attend the Show as many of our achievements were on display – a unique opportunity to show off our handiwork,” continues Franck. “Privilège Marine brought Serie 6 and Serie 7 to the Show, both with modern-style interiors by Franck Darnet Design, and Outremer Yachting brought four models, namely the Outremer 45², Outremer 51, Outremer 5X and Outremer 4X. Visitors, including sailing star Loïck, were very appreciative of our designs.”


Unlike 2015, the weather was very kind in 2016, contributing to the higher visitor turnout, with queues to view certain boats. Aside from Australia and America, traffic came from Italy, Germany, Spain and even Israel, with all manufacturers reporting healthy order books by Show close.

More than 1,100 multihulls are produced each year – 80% sail and 20% motor. France is the market leader with brands such as Bali, Catana, Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon (Bénéteau Group), Outremer and Privilège Marine representing 65% of global production. Multihulls are favoured for their obvious two- or three-hull stability, bright spacious living quarters and ease of handling. They make great charter yachts with manufacturers dedicating 40% of their business to this market sector.

The 2017 International Multihull Show is already billed for19 to 23 April. See you there.


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