French yachting companies in figures

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Panorama of the French nautical industry in a few figures, delivered by the Fédération des Industries Nautiques. Turnover, number of employees, type of activity, geographical positioning...

The nautical industry in figures

On the occasion of its autumn conference, the Fédération des Industries Nautiques delivered figures on boating companies. If registrations and the number of boats produced are indicators, BoatIndustry focuses here on information concerning the players in the yachting industry and their typology. It should be noted that the statistics relate to the 2016-2017 season and the 5468 companies identified.

Boating turnover

The entire nautical industries and services sector generated a turnover of 4.8 billion euros in 2016-2017. While the construction and importation of pleasure boats represent 25% of this value, trade and maintenance account for the lion's share, at 31.26%. Marinas, services and equipment follow in the ranking, each accounting for around 10% of the total turnover. All sectors posted higher sales, except electricity and electronics manufacturers. Overall growth was +5%.

Pleasure boating workforce

The breakdown of the workforce follows to some extent the breakdown of turnover. Up 2% compared to the previous year, the sector has a workforce of 41456 people. The trade and production of new boats employ more than one employee out of two in the sector. Turnover per employee is relatively higher than average in construction and marine equipment, while it is lower in port activities, services and trade.

Mediterranean and the Great West in the lead

The analysis covers geographic areas of varying sizes. Nevertheless, two main areas are emerging, accounting for more than two thirds of the turnover and jobs in the nautical sector, the Grand Ouest (Normandy, Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Centre) and the Mediterranean (PACA, Auvergne-Rhone Alpes, Occitania, Corsica). PACA is very clearly the leading administrative region, accounting for 25% of the workforce and 23.1% of national turnover. To refine the analysis, it would be interesting to distinguish the type of activity, which varies according to geographical areas.

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