The Mille Sabords, a dynamic second hand boat show

Miles Sabords du Crouesty

The Mille Sabords du Crouesty will open on 29 October 2016. Caroline Martin explains the ambitions of the show and gives us some figures

The living room The Mile Sabords was created in 1984, in Arzon, Morbihan. He became in 32 years the 1 er european second-hand boat show, bringing together individuals and professionals every All Saints' weekend in the port of Crouesty.

BoatIndustry: How many boats are expected this year and what size? What is the share of professionals and individuals?

Caroline Martin : We expect this year around 700 boats. We will only know the exact number after our opening score of the show, because the exhibitors on land rent an area in m², on which they can install the number of boats they wish. The size of the units increases with the years, the average being today between 10 and 12 meters. Of the 700 boats expected, 200 are for sale by individuals.

BI: What is the proportion of boats sold at the show?

CM : About a third of the units on display are sold during the show, which represents about 230 boats.

BI: Among the exhibitors, there are not only boat sellers. What is the share of these services?

CM : Boating service providers (insurance, cleaning...) represent a hundred exhibitors. This share has been stable for several years. The organisation of a service pole is a working axis for the organisation The Mile Sabords . It is with this in mind that we are launching this year the renovation centre, which is carrying out demonstrations in saddlery, engine mechanics, etc., to guide boaters in their second-hand purchases and that they are imagining possible works on their future sailboats or motor boats.

BI : How do you see the 2016 edition?

CM: It's a beautiful edition. We note the return of yards that had not come for a few years, but also the arrival of new small yards. Overall, the used boat market is doing well.

BI: What are the prospects for the coming years?

CM : The size of the boats is increasing and we are a little cramped in the space afloat. Nevertheless, the show is organized by the professionals of Crouesty, and we want to remain on the spot. We need to think about how we can expand.

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