Cannes Boat Show hots up as new launches announced

Sealine is back and Beneteau launches the latest addition to its Monte Carlo lineup, the MC4, with more models to come next year, plus there’s a new Jeanneau Leader 38: it’s Cannes Boat Show time

The Festival De La Plaisance de Cannes, or as it’s more commonly referred to, the Cannes Boat Show, kicked off in the south of France yesterday in searing sunshine – a far cry from the temperatures back in Blightly, which were decidedly autumnal.

Beneteau Group used the show to launch its new Jeanneau Leader 38, as well as the Monte Carlo 4, little sister to the MC5 launched earlier this year. Beneteau also announced that it will be launching an MC5S in spring 2014 and an MC6 the following autumn.

MBM also managed to step aboard the Magellano 53 and the Atlantis 50, both being marketed under the Azimut banner.

Elsewhere it was the turn of Sealine to discuss its plans for the future under the guidance of its new owner, the Hanse Group. Jens Gerhardt, CEO of Hanse Group, admitted to a room full of journalists that when he first made noises about buying the Sealine brand his friends and colleagues thought he was “insane”.

Luckily for Sealine, Gerhardt persevered and Aurelius AG, which owns Hanse Group, now has the intellectual property rights for the Sealine brand and six boat models.

The builder will now press on with plans to launch the Sealine F380 in Dusseldorf next year with more models to follow, including the possibility of a smaller Sealine in the not too distant future. Gerhardt said, “The range has to be enlarged downwards as well as upwards so we have to do something for that (the small boat) market as well.”

Read all about this year’s Southampton Boat Show, which starts on Friday.

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