Neel, 3 hulls and two buildings
Neel Trimarans, alone in its cruise trimaran segment, is continuing its rapid development. The rochelais site has announced the creation of a second building that will double its production area. The new Neel 51 is now released every two months (To be read Neel 51, the cruise trimaran family expands Loic Goepfert, founder of Alibi (left)
Gunboat Catamarans hits its target
Faced with catamarans for the general public, several medium-sized shipyards occupy niches in the market. The Grand Large Yachting group, positioned with its Outremer brand on the high-performance catamaran, diversified its portfolio towards the top of the range with the acquisition of the American Gunboat a year ago. The construction of the first Gunboats is underway in the new Grande Motte plant, with a full order book. The company faces difficulties in recruiting qualified production staff and relies on the training of overseas employees (To be read Gunboat, a French factory for ex-American catamarans Loic Goepfert, founder of Alibi (left)
Re-launched Marine Privilege
Historical actor of the catamaran launched by Philippe Jeantot, Privilège Marine was facing significant financial difficulties. Since its takeover by the Hanse Group in the summer of 2017, it has been able to focus on its development. As Gilles Wagner, President of Privilège Marine, explains at BoatIndustry: "We have once again become a shipyard like everyone else, thinking about our range, not just how to finance the next day (To be read The owner of Hanse Yachts AG takes control of Privilège Marine Loic Goepfert, founder of Alibi (left)
A UFO with 2 hulls
While multihulls generally go hand in hand with glass or carbon fibre, the Ovnicat, an aluminium catamaran presented by Alubat, should see the light of day soon. Christian Picard, site manager, confirms this to BoatIndustry. "Several clients are ready to sign. We finalize the budgets."
Sunreef, luxury is doing well
On the luxury side, Sunreef Yachts has doubled its turnover and has set itself the objective of ?100 million within 4 years. With 18 boats in 2016-2017, the Polish shipyard has entered the catamaran into the yacht world.
An abundant market
Other, more discreet shipyards were present in Cannes, afloat, such as EOS, Aventura Catamarans, SolarWave or the trimaran Rapido and ashore, such as the Mc Conaghy shipyard, whose cruise catamaran has been waiting for a few months.
The variety of offers reflects the dynamism of the multihull sector. The future will show how many players can remain in the sector.