• Theme: Yachting

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    A boat is usually the second most expensive family asset after the home. Yet most are used only a few weeks annually, lying idle the rest of the year while the maintenance bills roll in. Boat sharing can mitigate these costs by turning the vessel into a rental asset, even if it never leaves the dock.   Click&Boat,...

    The 2017 i-Novo Eco prize went to the Solarwave Silent-75, a catamaran cruising yacht with hybrid propulsion. The Swiss manufacturer claims unlimited range for its globe-straddling cruiser, thanks to paired electric motors producing 135 kW of power each, with a 400 kW option. The roof over the main cabin, flybridge...

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    The Beneteau Racing Division has been working on replacing its Figaro II sailing yacht with a trendsetting, hi-tech monohull. The result is the Figaro III, the first series yacht equipped with hydrofoils. NauticExpo e-magazine went for a test sail.   Every element of this new 9.75-meter one-design monohull was...

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    Beneteau will launch its new Boat Club at the beginning of 2018. Borrowing the idea from the US, the French boatbuilding giant is counting on it to generate significant growth. We interviewed Bruno Lescher, head of the Boat Club.   NauticExpo e-magazine: How will the Beneteau Boat Club work? Bruno Lescher: We’re using...

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    Superyachts featuring more and more autonomous functions is a hot topic at this year’s METS, but challenges remain.   Are superyachts plotting a course toward full autonomy? Kongsberg Maritime sales manager Roger Trinterud doesn’t think so. “Generally, I think it’s fair to say that people want to be served by people. In...

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    Abandoned boats are piling up, and the industry has no efficient system for dealing with them. The good news is that fiberglass can be recycled, but the big issue is volume.   Two years ago, the industry organized a conference on reuse and recycling at METS. At this year’s show, the subject is drawing renewed...

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    Data-hungry users are pushing the satellite receiver market to upscale, requiring more obtrusive domes on yachts. But some innovative companies attending METS this year are taking a different approach with revolutionary flat panel antenna systems.   The American start-up Kymeta, which received seed capital from Bill...

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    Polish luxury yacht manufacturer Galeon presented an array of beautifully designed boats with one-of-a-kind innovations at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017. During the event, Jessy Grovel, skipper at Galeon, gave NauticExpo e-magazine a tour of 510 Skydeck, which earned the 2016 World Yacht Trophy award for...

    Yacht builders are responding to the demand for yacht support vessels. Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN released its first yacht support vessel in 2010. Until then, the market featured a few conversions of old offshore vessels. Today, the trend is toward advanced technologies and a variety of vessel sizes.   Advanced...

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    Welcome to the Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s leading in-water boat show and the must-attend nautical event of the season. It’s right here, just footsteps away from the celebrated Palais des Festivals, that we delight in the latest innovations—not on the silver screen, but in seaborne luxury and speed. On the menu...