The outdoor (water) part of the St. Petersburg exhibition promises to be more interesting. At least it was supposed to be so. And we must say that to a certain extent these expectations were justified. «Also» one ought to say thanks to the Poles for that, whose overall contribution to the organization of the outdoor part of the show is almost crucial. Simply by the number of exhibits.
Undoubtedly, the star was the newest Polish sailing catamaran Wave 58 which came to
The Wave 58 is a very expensive boat that has been positioned by her builders a bit higher than the expensive French Privilege series catamarans and has a layout that is not common on such boats with two cabins positioned transversely in the bow. «With this layout, the hulls are more spacious (one of the hull cabins moves» into the bridge) and consequently, the right hull is fully dedicated to the owner's suite: apart from the cabin and a fairly spacious lavatory in the bow, there is a small study. This will be used as an office or a workshop, depending on the owner's preferences. However, this is only one of the possible layouts for such a boat, since her almost
«Last fall the authors of itBoat had a chance to sailing this catamaran along the Polish coast (it was almost a maiden voyage» ), there were noted both good sailing characteristics and certain drawbacks that are almost always typical of a new project. It was encouraging to learn that in the sketches of the second hull that we were able to see, a number of our comments had already been taken into account.
Some unusual architecture of the catamaran (its hulls in vertical section have an elliptical shape with narrowing to the upper deck), associated with high-speed record sailing multihulls, makes Wave 58
The lack of publicity about the yard andmore modest?
the company that designedit makes it hard to market this boat in today's market - maybe you should have started with something
The second most interesting water exposition was also «live» Polish sailing yachts of Flabria shipyard. This young company is practically unknown in Russia, but has already managed to win recognition in such a difficult market as Germany. Nevertheless, we cannot say that both Flabria (
We also did not like the banks in the cockpit: it is almost impossible to remain seated on the leeward side (and sometimes the helmsman has to do it). And, as it seemed to us, it takes place (probably, because of small experience of the designer) not clear understanding of yacht purpose and, as consequence, the attempts to please both ours and yours. The boat is positioned as a comfortable cruiser and not a racer (the huge galley and rather rich outfitting clearly show it), but then excuse me! Why would a boat of this type need an open race pod and a huge steering wheel recessed into the deck, as on the First 35? This is good for pure racing boats but a cruiser owner would prefer the space in the cockpit which the Flabria 33 lacks. Against this background, the forward
On this background Flabria 40 didn't cause any arguments - rather stereotypical
An important point of the show was the presence of relatively large motor yachts.
The tendency of gradual displacement of relatively inexpensive domestic producers and replacement of their stands and boats by beautiful dealer expositions of expensive vessels is a common practice of all Russian yachting exhibitions.
Which gives rise to complex feelings. For some time there was a hope that the Moscow and St. Petersburg exhibitions would be like Dusseldorf/Hamburg: the first ones are big shows with big and expensive boats, the second ones retain their status of «exhibitions for practical yachtsmen». Alas, it does not work out that way yet. Once again Russia has decided to take its own route. How far will it lead?
« I personally think that the show in this format is already dead», - says Denis Denisov representing on the Russian market already well promoted and again Polish brand Delphia. - «I think that in
Delphia 26 is a light and quite sporty boat, which may be equipped both with a fixed (long) and a hoist (rotary) keel to reduce draught. Its low price, good sailing characteristics, reasonable habitability and ability to navigate shallow waters have made it one of the company's bestsellers, even in the domestic market.
That's where the sailing part of the show ends. For the first time it has been clearly dominated by Polish companies and brands that have
However, in St. Petersburg their efforts to worthily present themselves ran into a response and so will do . Perhaps this is just another mise-en-scene of a long-standing spectacle called «» «
The Poles should not encounter another Susaninin their search for ways into the Russian market.