October 3, 2019
Cannes Yachting Festival – 10th – 15th September
Berthon France are the dealers for Pearl Yachts in France. On the stand at the Cannes Yachting Festival we showed the Pearl 80 and 95. The innovative interior and exterior layouts, good looks, Kelly Hoppen interior design and great build quality of these immaculate yachts were clear and Bruno Kairet at Berthon France is working with a number of new contacts as a result of the Show.
The new Pearl 62 which is to debut at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January 2020 was previewed to the press at Cannes. Please ask us for further information about this yacht, which is attracting a lot of interest with orders already taken from the drawing board.
On Windy, the new SR44 Blackhawk was very well received. We have also shown her at the Monaco Yacht Show.
The all new Windy 27 Solano RS was looking great and of course she comes with great Windy detailing. The Windy 39 Camira and Windy 46 Chinook were busy throughout the show.
Berthon’s Richard Baldwin was on the Solaris Show at Cannes at the new venue for the sailing yachts in Port Canto marina, away from the motor yachts, which are in Port Vieux. This new arrangement was a huge improvement and gave much more space, with wider promenades and less congestion.
Cannes has overtaken Genoa to become the main Mediterranean show for Solaris. We had a great position with four yachts on display; the 44, 50, 55 and 64.
Day one was a wash-out with unseasonal heavy rain which kept the visitors away, but from day two onwards, the Mediterranean sun shone relentlessly and the Show was super busy.
Newport International Boat Show 2019 – 12-15th September.
Newport Show opened to torrential rain (yes torrential!). However, the Berthon USA crew were aboard the lovely Moody 54, and were therefore completely under cover, with the heat on and the coffee pot going. It didn’t take long for all the brokers around to join us in the main saloon! We enjoyed very good traffic this year, and found that clients are becoming more educated with the availability of information online. They were ever ready with pertinent questions about the yacht. We are delighted to have come away with 4-5 really good leads from the Show, 2 of which were new clients!
The Alden 40 at the Newport Brokerage Show also fared extremely well. She has a great owner who is very persnickety, and again, several really good prospects were gained. All in all, a fabulous result, despite the wet start.
Southampton Boat Show – 13th – 22nd September
We made our UK debut as UK dealers for Pearl Yachts at the Southampton Boat Show showing the Pearl Yacht 80, with brand manager Ben Toogood leading the charge. We had tremendous feedback on the value, quality and design of the range. The Pearl 80 was sold from the show and we have considerable interest in the new Pearl 62.
The Windy range was busy at SBS 19 and we sold a Windy 39 Camira on the first day of the show, with further orders on the Windy 29 Coho GT and Windy 31 Zonda firmly in the pipeline.
It is amazing the difference a bit of good weather makes – the sun was shining all week for Solaris Yachts at the Southampton Boat Show, creating a great boat show atmosphere.
This year Berthon’s Alan Mcilroy and Richard Baldwin were aboard the Solaris 44, for her first showing in the UK. With her striking, sleek and clean lines and modern comfortable brushed oak interior, we had a terrific reaction to this yacht, which offers fantastic performance, easy shorthanded sailing and a plenty of Italian flair and great design.
Iguana Yachts’ debut at the Southampton Boat Show was a great success. Berthon’s Robert Steadman had hours of entertainment watching passers-by “double take” at the Iguana’s unique tracked mobility system which delivers huge advantages over the wheel based alternatives in terms of reliability and durability, as well as the ability to operate in challenging conditions both at sea and when taking the ground.
The Iguana Knight series is launching in 2020 and will be the ultimate yacht tender or chase boat, delivering excellent seakeeping, performance and towing ability, whilst still having the safest and easiest method of transferring up to 16 guests ashore.
Monaco Yacht Show – 23rd – 26th September
Berthon France’s Bruno Kairet was super busy at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show with numerous successful sea trials on the SR44 Blackhawk. This boat has huge potential as a super yacht tender.
The Windy SR52 Blackbird also generated much excitement at the show, with up to six running circuits, delighting the Monaco crowds.