Today (or rather yesterday) the
As you may or may not know. Dusseldorf is called the «desk
However, Düsseldorf's best years are also behind it. Having reached the peak in the mid 90-ies the flow of visitors - albeit slightly - decreases practically every year. «However, the German burger» still retains its position, but it is actively trailing Barcelona (it is unclear how it will do now - the crisis in Spain is as bad as a bulldozer in a flowerbed).
Although I must say crisis has not passed over Dusseldorf either.
One of the first shocks for me personally was the virgin empty corner of the famous sixth pavilion. Never before (apart from last year) had such a situation happened.
And my first brief interview on the subject is with Olivier Laforcade, head of the shipyard CNB.
- Olivier, how is the CNB crisis treating you?
- You know, we're not doing too badly. But only because we are a highly diversified shipyard.
- They're short on customers?
- Clients aren't tight. Clients are tight with money.
There are a lot of projects and conversations. Everything stops at the stage when it's time to finance the project.
- But you are building
- What about Russian clients - do you have any?
- So far we have only talked to them. But they have become much more intense than a couple of years ago.
- And what do you think about the Chinese market?
- So what is the future of the European yacht builder?
- Who knows...
On this optimistic note I took my leave and started to walk round the show, noting the boats that require attention. In spite of crisis there were not so few of them. Today we have Beneteau Sense 55. There won't be a special report about it - better look at the photos, they speak for themselves. If you can't afford Oyster or Contest or Amel, if you don't have desire to race, but you need roomy family cruiser, then Sense series is the best choice.
See for yourself!