In a Word / Boating industry on the move - December 15, 2017

Flexofold Folding Propeller

Yanmar, Kerboat, Sunsail - The Moorings, Les Glénans, Phare Bleu Yachting, 727 Sailbags and Bénéteau have made the news in recent days.

Yanmar buys Flexofold propeller

The marine engine manufacturer Yanmar announced on 5 December 2017 the acquisition of propeller manufacturer Flexofold. The Danish company, specialised in folding propellers for sailboats and multihulls, has strengthened Yanmar's position in this sailing yachting niche.

Kerboat expands in the Côtes d'Armor

The boat cleaning specialist Kerboat expands its network. A 7th agency, managed by Loïc Henry, opened in the Côtes d'Armor. The company is now present from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle and in the Mediterranean in Marseille, in the Var and in La Grande-Motte.

Sunsail - The Moorings reopens its Tortola base

The Sunsail - The Moorings yacht charter base in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, reopened on 9 December 2017. 3 months after cyclone Irma, 120 boats are already operational and more than 130 more will be in the coming months.

Sailing courses in Les Glénans

New General Delegate for Glénans

The Glénans sailing school has a new general delegate to replace Laurent Martini. This is Tom Daune who has held all the positions within the association. Former intern, then volunteer instructor, Tom Daune was until now responsible for national activities and the Concarneau base.

New commercial for Phare Bleu Yachting

Antony Munos joins Phare Bleu Yachting, distributor of G-Force Yachts racing yachts. A former high-level regatta sailor, he was appointed commercial manager for the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region.

727 Sailbags changes hands

Nicolas Veto, former director of Castorama, Decathlon and L'Occitane-en-Provence, and Matthieu Bimbenet, who worked for LVMH and was formerly a furniture and decoration SME manager, take over the management of 727 Sailbags. They replace Erwann Goullin, who has been restructuring the manufacturer of used sail bags for the last two years.

New directors at Bénéteau

Bénéteau has announced the appointment of 2 new directors. Denis Ricard, former of Yamaha and Zodiac, takes over the export management of the Bénéteau brand for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and English-speaking Africa. Jean-François Lair leaves the export department to become sales director for North America. He will be based in Annapolis.