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In this issue
32 - The world at the tip of one finger
Steering the boat in whatever direction with just one finger
without using rudder or throttles. Here's the "360° docking"
manufactured by ZF for Jeanneau which we went to test during
the Barcelona boat show.
38 - Renovating according to Azimut
The Magellano range represents the kind of effort Azimut is
carrying out towards renovation and total evolution of the motor
yacht as a whole, and not only for its looks but also for its new
practical solutions and technology.
44 - Freak waves
Freak ones or better still extreme ones, waves that not so long
ago were thought as having been
the figment of seamen's imagination only are today recorded
48 - The eco-sounders' ultimate evolution
Thanks to the notable progress technology has brought to us it's
now possible to have on board equipment capable
of showing up the sea bed below as if it were photographed from
above, but it all began from a plain piece of wood.
56 - A boat for every whim: Open boats
Confronted with today's ever growing and selective range, making a
choice becomes difficult to do. The following pages will show you what the
recreational boat market has to offer so as to help you better understand
which boat would suit you best.
60 - We tested:
Azuree 40 FC
Rio Colorado 54
Cabo 44 HTX
Cobalt 243 Cuddy
Jeanneau Merry Fisher 6 Marlin
Capelli Cap 19 Open
112 - Cruising the Galapagos
What you can experience sailing is an almost unrestricted sense of freedom,
as ever changing horizons appear as you head out toward a new destination
especially when the chosen spot is the Galapagos Archipelago and your
sails fill with a primordial mythical breeze.
130 - Sport: St. Thomas Rolex Regatta 2011
Breathtaking scenery such as only the Caribbean can offer, splendid
weather and a constant trade wind. This is what welcomed the 77 teams
taking part in the 38th St. Thomas Rolex Regatta.
134 - Chartering in the Maldives
A boat is certainly the best means to visit the archipelago,
where to dive in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Checking out Brazil
YACHTING TRADE OUT FOR NEW MARKETS
by Lucio Petrone
There are at last signs of a reawakening of the yachting
market. But unfortunately not everywhere, as many
western countries such as Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy
and, in part, Great Britain, have as yet to overcome the
economic crisis ignited by international financial speculation, and
amongst them some big consumers of those goods that are yachts.
The first market to recover was the USA, but it had also been the
first market to be hit by the recession, either eliminating or cutting
down on production for yachts, as well as engines and accessories.
And this has proved to be an advantage for the Americans in terms
of competition with European yards, which were instead hit by
the crisis in full over-production and with a considerable backlog
of used yachts taken back in exchange for new ones, which the
market, having plummeted almost vertically in just a few months,
was quite unable to absorb. In effect, 2009 and 2010, were years
dedicated to offloading "toxic" in house stocks at more or less
discounted prices, in some case heavily discounted. Furthermore,
in these same countries the need for more income for the state's
coffers has focused the tax offices' attention on boat owners, dramatically
cooling their desire to buy.
The banks have also contributed to stalling the yachting market.
Burned by too many unpaid leasing contracts and finding themselves
with heaps of boats to resell, but also fearing the high margin
of risk involved with so many yards and dealers hard up not
to mention the drop in buyers. Banks have not only started asking
for stronger guarantees but they have also turned their attention to
more lucrative sectors. This has led to slower loans that have in
many cases led to cancellations, when it is well known how yacht
leasing, with the tax advantages it offers, has been, particularly in
Europe, so vital for this sector over the last decade. Those in the
business of selling boats have thus found it more and more difficult
to get credit with the result that, so as to avoid having to close
and in the attempt to hang on to their skilled labour, many builders
have had to plough their personal wealth into the company. As for
recent oil crises, modest benefits have come from servicing clients'
existing boats, but yachting as an activity has, it too, dropped considerably,
also due to the growing cost of fuel.
Sailboats seem to be going a little better and the French world
market-leading group seems to be moving towards a recovery. Will
yachting come back strong this summer? This is what everybody
hopes. Meanwhile, as to motor yachts, everyone is looking to the
German market, another market that's showing the signs of recovery
But the most important yards, those that have large dealer networks,
are looking to solve their problems by exporting to the
so-called emerging markets, South America in particular. Some
believe in these new markets so strongly they have bought yards
where there is already strong competition, such as in Brazil, but it
won't be easy because these markets, that do hold great potential
if they continue to develop at present rates, have fully understood
the importance of yachting.
If this is the future the big yards see, good for them, but this cannot
be the future of the European market, that in the long term risks a
dangerous brain drain in terms of know how, as all this could jeopardise
the leadership that European yards share with the USA. It is
true that the distance involved with the new markets are enormous
and that building in loco is basically a necessity, but it is also without
doubt that the consolidated supremacy of western countries'
boat builders is at risk, especially if we include that handicap the
European builders have that is the Euro, overvalued against the
dollar, which is the currency of reference in South America.
The European Union, often due to old and superseded ideas, consider
yachting a leisure time activity for the elite and, as such, it
is treated in terms of tax across Europe, without considering the
industrial turnover that is behind it and the GDP and the direct and
indirect employment it generates. A wise decision would instead
be to apply lower VAT rates to yachting much has been done
for tourism, as yachting is after all very much a tourist activity.
And this kind of tactic should also be applied to minor boats, day
boats in particular, which are the sort of boats young and retired
people buy. But it's impossible to find even one MEP (Member
of European Parliament) that will embrace this cause, because
Europe too is gasping for cash with the result that everyone
changes subject when you start talking about cutting VAT. How
we envy the USA, the only country in the world that instead, having
fully understood its importance in terms of the economy and
employment, even invests in yachting, also showing concern for
increasing the number of berths available where there is growth in
the number of buyers.
Nautica's performance ranks #1
Nautica's monthly issue specialized in the boating world which
has been dominating the nautical field for about fifty years in
Italy has, according to Audipress's latest report a readership
which has increased 26% (www.audipress.it for more information).
The data for assessment considers moving averages
recorded over the last ten months in 2010. The result is impressive
and striking as it is the best result out of all the publishing
trade in Italy including daily newspapers, Sunday supplements,
monthly magazines. In percentage terms it is really indicative of
an outstanding growth rate when compared to any other Italian
paper or magazine be it specialized in any particular field or not,
while the numbers for every other printed matter on paper have
generally been declining in Italy.
This performance certifies the quality of our work and the
appeal our efforts have generated in our growing number of
readers for which wère very proud, and finding some solace
in a moment of blatant difficulty such as the one that has hit
the trade in question, and more so the field of printed paper
and yachting magazines to which we are referring to. This
result rewards our small publishing firm which is very small in
comparison to so many others and has learned to get through to
its many boat fans and lovers of the sea, due to its journalistic
professionalism and to the technical contents published therein
and not for the lifestyles that share little with reality, and our
Our aim is to perform credibly, to inform seriously as opinion
leaders which is what our readers have made of us and to fulfil
their desire for information. Sometimes we go more in depth,
and with ever more technical aspects, and curiosities which
is, in the main what has always been asked for. There's little
doubt the exponential growth we have witnessed in the growing
number of our readers should comfort us all in as much as
the great passion we share and nurture for boats and the sea is
very much alive.
June 2011 no. 9
December 2010 no. 8
August 2010 no. 7
April 2010 no. 6
November/December 2009 no. 5
September/October 2009 no. 4
May/June 2009 no. 3
March/April 2009 no. 2
January/February 2009 no. 1
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