In a Word / Boating life: Tahiti, NMMA, Bénéteau, Performance Yacht Painting

Yachts in Taina Marina in Tahiti © Port de Papeete

Things are happening in the boating industry! A look back at the latest news from yachting professionals. The news briefs of November 9, 2018.

Tahiti is getting organized to welcome the great pleasure boaters

"Tahiti and its Islands", the tourist office in charge of promoting the archipelago of French Polynesia, is committed to welcoming luxury yachts. To support this policy, it has created a large yachting cluster with all the local professionals in the sector, in particular ensuring the supply and maintenance of luxury boats. The fallout from superyacht stopovers is estimated at ?8.3 million. The number of ships welcomed is expected to increase from 60 per year to around 100 in 2021 thanks to the appeal of the America's Cup in New Zealand.

The American marine industry invests over 3 years for its development

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the American boating industry union, has presented a 3-year action plan for the development of boating. The association will strengthen its team of lobbyists in Washington and spend $1 million on its actions with elected officials over the electoral cycle. 1M will also be devoted in 2019 to boating promotion actions to attract new boaters.

Bénéteau opens a permanent test base

The Vendée boat builder Bénéteau has chosen Barcelona to open its permanent test base. The Port Ginesta site was preferred to Cannes, Palma and Nice for technical and logistical reasons, explained the manufacturer during the inauguration of the premises in the Catalan marina at the end of October 2018.

Franco-Italian alliance in marine painting

The French specialist in the painting and coating of yachts Performance Yacht Painting (PYP) has acquired a third of the shares of its Italian colleague Ve.Ga Yachts. Participation is expected to double by the end of 2018, making PYP the majority shareholder. This is a logical development for the two companies of comparable size, based in Savona and Villefranche-sur-mer, which had already responded jointly to calls for tenders for painting large pleasure craft since 2015.