In a Word / Boating life: Nautor's Swan, RS Sailing, Multiflex, SGB Finance, Regulation

Interior model of a sailboat at the Boatbuilding Technology Center in Nautor's Swan

Things are happening in the boating industry! A look back at the latest news from yachting professionals. The May 14, 2019 news briefs.

Nautor's Swan expands its production site

The famous Finnish high-end yacht builder Nautor's Swan has inaugurated the extension of its boat building factory. Started in 2017, the operation cost 10.5 million euros. The existing infrastructure was renovated and a new 9,935 m² building was constructed, incorporating a post-curing oven for hulls and decks, as well as a paint hall and storage areas. A 130-metre long space is provided to accommodate the largest yachts.

RS Aero wins Olympic Games acclaim

The result of the tests carried out in Spain for the selection of the future single-handed Olympic dinghy crowned the RS Aero. He scored 80% ahead of Laser at 69%, Melges 14 at 54% and D-Zero at 52%. However, RS Sailing's yacht has yet to win over the final committees and the absence of licensed manufacturers could be a handicap in view of a wide distribution such as the Olympic Games.

Multiflex expands in Europe

The Indian specialist in steering cables for boats Multiflex has announced a physical presence in Europe. A storage warehouse will open on 10 May 2019 north of Amsterdam to improve delivery times to European shipyards and distributors.

SGB Finance celebrates its 20th anniversary

Founded in 1999, SGB Finance, the Bénéteau Group's boat financing subsidiary, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Founded with the bank Société Générale, it has been claiming 2,078,610,262 euros in financing since its launch, meeting the ever-increasing demand for leasing in the yachting sector.

Towards stricter pollution standards for yachts

The Environmental Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization is studying an amendment to the MARPOL convention on the subject of yachts over 24 metres and under 500 UMS. Now that they have been granted a deadline for the application of Tier III pollution standards until 2021, shipyards are asking for greater flexibility in order to avoid the use of very bulky catalytic systems, which are difficult to integrate into large yachts, but which are necessary to limit NOx emissions.

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