Cannes Boat Show Opens
A new lobster-style yacht caught James Nolan's attention on opening day.
The 2011/2012 boat show season can be considered officially underway with the opening of Festival De La Plaisance in Cannes, France, today. Cannes is always the show to attend to see what new boats are being introduced to the market in Europe, and this year’s show is no exception. According to the organizers, 173 boats out of the 583 boats on display are being shown for the first time.
One of the more distinctive designs is the new Lobster Yachts 62. Built in China and imported by AZURDream France, the Lobster Yachts 62 has a semi-displacement hull that cruises comfortably at 12 knots with a maximum speed of 17 knots from its two Cummins 500-hp engines. The aesthetically pleasing design is such that when you set foot on the stern you can see clearly through to the bow because there are no bulkheads to obstruct your view. The large lounge and seating area at the bridge deck level has its origin in the space allocated to lobster pots in traditional designs. The galley is equally accessible from the stern or the steering position, allowing for a free flow of conversation.
The three cabins are comfortable, spacious, and practical. A unique aspect of the aft cabin is a separate head and shower unit across the cabin from each other. The centre cabin has two bunks and shares the combined head/shower with the forward cabin. Excellent wood finishes throughout, including the deck, are an attractive feature. This is a unique and comfortable yacht that provides a convivial atmosphere at all levels.
- James Nolan is a former General Manager of YachtWorld.com and Boats.com. He has managed a number of well known companies including Autohelm, Barlow and Navtec. He has his own PR/marketing agency and writes a monthly column for Boating Business in the U.K.
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