This article has been reprinted from the September issue of PowerTALK, the monthly report of news and analysis produced by Power Systems Research.

The Cannes Yachting Festival September 2018--The 41st edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival--the largest in-water European boat show, was held Sept. 11-16. Six days of the show were not long enough for more than 50,000 visitors coming from all over the world to see the 638 boats built in France and abroad (58%).

Displayed were luxury motor and sailing yachts, multihulls, sports boats and other categories in length from two to 50 meters. 219 new boats were presented, of which 122 celebrated their world's premiere.

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The greatest interest was in the 150 largest yachts over 20 meters in length. 542 exhibitors including the Beneteau Group, Azimut - Benetti, Ferretti Group, Oyster, Apreamare, Sessa Marine, Princess, Riva, Cranchi, Galeon, Dehler, Bavaria, Quicksilver, Brunswick Marine, Bertran, Chris Craft, Lagoon, Dufour, Hanse Group and others took part in this exceptional festival of boats displayed in their natural environment in two ports of Cannes, Vieux Port and Port Canto.

Top five motor superyachts launched at the show came from shipyards Baglietto, Conrad, Ferretti Custom Line, Maiora and Moonen Martinique. The yachts ranged in length from 48m, the largest (Baglietto), to 36.3 meters, the shortest (Martinique).
Even though the market has been very soft the last 10 years, manufacturers of sailing monohulls presented many new models at the show. 110 sailing yachts were displayed at the show. Top five were the latest 29.3m Southwind Shipyard’s masterpiece, Sunreef’s 24.4m superyacht, Nautor Swan’s 23.99m yacht, Baltic performance 20.52m yacht and Fountaine Pajout new 20.36 m catamaran.

The latest generation of sailing boats has a modern look, is easy to navigate, is safer and faster, and offers more space and comfort. Multihulls are in high demand and are attractive to both commercial and private buyers.

The show hosted more than 46 multihulls, including 13 motor catamarans. All well-known brands took part in the show. French builders Catana Group, Dufour, Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon CNB, Outremer have presented the latest models as well as Neel Trimaran, Sunreef and Nautitech, recently acquired by Bavaria Group.

This year, the Cannes Festival emphasized the development and use of green energies, light and resistant material, hydrodynamic shapes of hulls, and end use of engines decreasing energy consumption. Eco-friendly boats took a special place at the show.

Arcadia's five boats ranging from 18m to 35m are powered by solar energy. Aquamare’s luxury speedboat Liso 720 GTE is the first fully electric boat powered with lithium 140kWh batteries 97% recyclable. Turbocraft boat built by Silverfin has a unique shape that helps sailing faster with much lower fuel consumption. The French company Seair has built the flying RIB equipped with a foil block system that enables fuel saving of almost 30%.

The very first yacht with foils has been offered by the company ENATA. In coming years, research and development of the eco-friendly boats will continue to be emphasized. Next year’s edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival will be dedicated to mono and multihull sailing yachts. The festival’s objective is to improve visibility and exhibition conditions of sailing boats. They will be exclusively exhibited at the facility of Port Canto. —CB PSRe eco-friendly boats will continue to be emphasized.

Next year's edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival will be dedicated to mono and multihull sailing yachts. The festival’s objective is to improve visibility and exhibition conditions of sailing boats. They will be exclusively exhibited at the facility of Port Canto. PSR