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Things are happening in the boating industry! A look back at the latest news from yachting professionals. The May 18, 2018 news briefs.

Hello Multi takes the Neel Trimarans card

The Hello-Multi company, created for the distribution in France of Dragonfly trimarans, adds a string to its bow. During the Grande-Motte multihull boat show, she signed a reseller contract for the Neel cruising trimarans for the area stretching from the Loire Atlantique to the Spanish border.

Contrasting statistics for the US boating industry

According to NMMA figures, yacht sales in the United States fell by 11% in 2017. Yacht imports into the United States increased by 3.2% to 2344 vessels. On the other hand, local production fell by 9.8%.

Overall imports of recreational boats and marine engines into the U.S. increased 10.9% to $3.2 billion in 2017. Exports of ships from the United States increased by 9.4% to $1.3 billion. The overall trade deficit of the US boating industry continues to widen for the 5th consecutive year, despite a positive balance in the small outboard and sterndrive niche.

Vaavud filing for bankruptcy

The Vaavud company, which marketed nomadic anemometers for use on mobile phones, has filed for bankruptcy after failing to find a buyer, says its CEO Thomas Helms

Discovery Yachts wants its range of motor boats

The British shipyard Discovery Yachts continues its expansion policy. After the takeover of the Southerly sailing yacht brand in 2017 and its unfortunate offer to take over Oyster Yachts, the brand's management has announced its intention to diversify into motor boats, through the purchase of an existing brand.

Modification of the yachting project in Sète

The yacht quays in the port of Sète are changing location. Whereas the Algiers quay was planned as part of the initial project when the concession was awarded to the company IGY, the Occitanie region and the port of Sète-Frontignan decided to set up a new site in the Orsetti basin.

PST distributes the brand Astra Yachts

The marine electronics distributor PST, already a distributor of top-of-the-range brands such as Actisense, Koden and Maretron, is adding the Italian company Astra Yachts, which specializes in navigation systems, to its portfolio.

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