The autumn boat shows were an opportunity for BoatIndustry to exchange with Stephan Constance, President of Grand Large Yachting. In this second part of the interview, the head of the French yachting group explains the situation of the Allures and Outremer yachts, historical brands dedicated to blue water cruising and Ocean Voyager, the shipyard specialising in day charter.
How is the Outremer catamaran brand doing and how do you see the announcement of the arrival of the new Excess brand launched by the Bénéteau Group, which seems to be positioning itself very closely?
Outremer catamarans have been on a very favourable wave for several years. We had a turnover of 1.7 million euros in 2008, before the crisis, and we are now at 20 million euros. The catamaran segment where Outremer is present has not experienced a crisis. Concerning the Excess brand, I think it's still good that there is a lively market, with colleagues. As for its positioning, I don't yet know what it will be, but I don't think the big producers are equipped for blue water cruising.
For blue water cruising, you also offer the Allures monohulls. What is the situation of your brand of yachts?
We're quite happy with the situation of Allures in relation to the monohull market. The issue must always be considered in relation to the overall market. There is a real phenomenon of coming out of the crisis. We're finding peace of mind in the management as there's a good order book. With aluminium and ocean cruising, we're in a niche. We made a real trawler a while ago and we could do it again. What's important today is that we no longer sell boats, but slices of life. We spend more time talking about services than about boats!
Less well known are the Ocean Voyager day charter catamarans. What about the situation of the brand?
The construction site is going well. We produce a little less Ocean Voyager catamarans in NUC, but rather units under division 223 (Editor's note: Maritime Affairs regulations for passenger ships. The NUC is under fire from passenger ship owners who denounce unfair competition with less regulatory constraints)