6 September 2016

The Italian yachting market is growing, and shipyards are coming back to Genoa, starting from the English but not only them, showing that Italy and the Ligurian capital are still the world stage for high-level yachting.

Market data speak of 17.1% growth in turnover in 2015 compared with 2014, a figure decidedly higher than the prudent predictions of the UCINA Confindustria Nautica Ufficio Studi, which last spring had estimated growth of around 12%.

The positive trend is demonstrated in an analysis by Fondazione Edison, whose vice president is Prof Marco Fortis, economic adviser to Palazzo Chigi, from this year scientific partner in the annual report “Yachting in Figures”, the statistical compendium that has been produced for more than 20 years by UCINA Confindustria Nautica, supplier of data to the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport since 2014.

Among the most significant date in the study is an important indicator on foreign trade: Italy is confirmed as in disputed leader at world level, in first place for the export of yachts with inboard engines for 2015 with a share of 23.7%, beating the Netherlands (19.6%) and Germany (15.9%). Italy also maintains its world leadership in the sum of the sectors of the boatbuilding chain with a 16.3% share of exports (the 2016 addition of Yachting in Figures will be officially presented at the Show on September 22 at midday).

The Genoa Boat Show, with its 56 years of history of the yachting industry to recount, confirms it is the driving force for development in the sector, with a positive effect highlighted also by data from Assilea – also published in the new edition of Yachting in Figures – that show an increase in 50% of the contracts signed at the end of the 2015 Show.

Genoa remains one of the world showcases for the yachting sector. It’s an important event in the international marketplace held in an area of 180,000 m², 100,000 m² of which are water, making it possible to moor most of the boats on show and so allow visitors the chance to try them out on the water.

Here is the latest news from the 56th edition of the Boat Show.

The show will be hosting the “beauties afloat since 1962” event, and there will be some truly fine vessels with the two flagships, the 47 m motoryacht Wider 150 – Genesi and the 24 m sailing yacht Advanced A80, designed by the American naval architects John Reichel and Jim Pugh and the Italian yacht designers Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino of Nauta Yachts: she has high performance and plenty of space. Among the mega yachts, keenly awaited are the Permare group Amer 100 Quad, the Fipa Group yard new AB 100 and the Montecarlo Yachts MonteCarlo 80, the Canados 105 and the 33.6 m motoryacht Sanlorenzo SD112 made of composite material with a semi-displacement hull.

The English yachting industry starts again in Genoa. Princess displays three new models: the 30Mt, the S65 and the V58 models. Sunseeker will also be there with the brand new Sunseeker 95, while Fairline displays the Fairline Squadron 53, Targa 53 and 48 models.

Several other foreign shipyards will also be back this year: the French Chantiers Amel with the Amel 64 sailing yacht, the Swedish Najad displays the Najad 505. As for motor yachts, the Spanish Rodman shipyard displays the Rodman 42 and 44, the Turkish Numarine displays the Numarine 78 HT, and the Chris Craft from the US will be back with its Chris Craft 42. The Norwegian Fjord and the English Sealine shipyards, owned by the German group Hanse, will display the Fjord 42 and the Sealine 530 and 330 models.

Among the many yards returning to Genoa are also the pride of the Italian shipbuilding sector: Innovazione e Progetti with the new IPY 53, Absolute Yachts with the Navetta 52, 3B Craft with 3B Craft 270, Cantiere Nautico Cranchi with the E50 F and E50 HT flybridge yachts. Two historic brands are also back: Tornado Yachts with the T38 and Sciallino with the new 25.

Several day cruisers will also be displayed: the GT 40 and the Monte Carlo 6 S by Beneteau Italia, the Fraucher 1414 Demon by Cantieri Nautico Feltrinelli, the Shadow 37 by Motonautica F.lli Ranieri, the Salpa Laver 52 by Nautica Salpa and the C42 by Sessa International.

Plenty of new products in the open class too: the Fiart Mare 52, the Rio Colorado 56, the Rizzardi 48 IN and the 370GT Invictus – and among the flybridge yachts – the Bavaria Yachttbau GMBH Virtess 420 Fly, the Absolute 72, the Pedetti Yachts Sales Rodman Muse 44 and the Prestige 560 and 750.

Among the small craft, worthy of notice are the Beneteau Italia Flyer 8 Sun Deck, the Brunswick Marine Quicksilver Activ 555 Open and 240 Dauntless, the Motonautica F.lli Ranieri Interceptor 222, the Beneteau Italia Antares 8 OB (three Sport fisherman boats) and the Sailpassion 1150 Voyage.

Plenty of new inflatables as well, they are displayed in one of the most lively and interesting areas of the Show: Brunswick Marine displays the Valiant 750 Raptor, Cantieri Capelli the Tempest 40, Marlin Boat the 274, Med the Solemar 35 Oceanic, Motonautica F.lli Ranieri the Cayman 26 Sport, the 26 and the 31 Sport Touring boats, MV Marine displays the MV 620 Eco Tech, Nautica Amato the Italiamarine Amalfi 32, Saver the MG 800, Selva the D570, Suzuki Italia the LTN 26 Venom, Zar Formenti the ZAR 85SL and the MINI RIB11.

Sailing yachts are more and more successful: there are more boats on show and their average size increased. The main highlights are the Adria Ship with the Elan E5, Advanced Italian Yachts with the Advanced A80, Beneteau Italia with the Oceanis Yachts 62, Cantiere del Pardo with the Grand Soleil 46’ LC and the Grand Soleil 58, Dufour Yachts with the 560 and the 512 Grand Large, Hanse Yachts with the 315 and Italia Yachts with the Italia 12.98. Mylius will be there with the new 76DS and 65FD, Sailpassion with the Delphia 34, Sirnew with the Azuree 41. And there’s more: the Vismara V50 and V62 Mills, the X-Yachts X4 and XP55, the YachtSynergy Pilot Saloon 58 and the RM 1270. Then the Wauquiez 58, the Jeanneau J64 and J54, the CNB 76 and the Solaris 58.

Good news from the multihull sector, which will be under the spotlight in the dedicated Hub at the centre of the Nuova Darsena for the second year running. Among them, the Bali 4.0, the smallest catamaran in the Bali range distributed by Adria Ship, together with market leaders such as Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon and Nautitech.