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Salone Nautico di Genova 2015The 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, two weeks before the biggest Boat Show in the Mediterranean, 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 English yachting industry is starting again in Genoa with Princess which is showing three new models: the 30Mt, the S65 and the V58. Sunseeker will also be there with the brand new Sunseeker 95, while Fairline will be showing the Fairline Squadron 53, Targa 53 and 48.

Several other foreign yards will also be back in the Show this year: among sailing yachts the French Chantiers Amel with the Amel 64, the Swedish Najad with the Najad 505. In motor yachts, the Spanish Rodman with the Rodman 42 and 44, the Turkish yard Numarine with the Numarine 78 HT, and from the United States Chris Craft will be back at the show with the Chris Craft 42. The Norwegian Fjord and the English Sealine, owned by the German group Hanse, will be showing the Fjord 42 and the Sealine 530 and 330.

Among the many yards returning to Genoa, the pride of Italian boatbuilding, we mention 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 flybridges E50 F and E50 HT. Also back in the Show will be two historic brands: Tornado Yachts with the T38 and Sciallino with the new 25.

There will be several day cruisers on show among the motorboats: the GT 40 and the Monte Carlo 6 S by Beneteau Italia, the Fraucher 1414 Demon from Cantieri Nautico Feltrinelli, the Shadow 37 from Motonautica F.lli Ranieri, the Salpa Laver 52 by Nautica Salpa and the C42 from Sessa International.

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

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

Plenty of new inflatables too in what is one of the most lively and interesting areas of the Show: Brunswick Marine will exhibit the Valiant 750 Raptor, Cantieri Capelli present 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, MV Marine will show 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.

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