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Pleasure Boating

The French nautical industry is one of the sectors in which France still enjoys leading global positions: in sailboats, inflatable boats and boardriding sports. It is also the second producer of outdoor craft and the world’s third largest producer of motorboats. It continues to make a positive contribution to the country's balance of trade, with export levels up again in 2011/2012 to a record high of 67.8%.

 In 2011, the French nautical industry comprised some 5,069 companies, representing 41,051 jobs and 4.56 billion Euros in turnover. Trade & maintenance and boatbuilding & importing alone generated over half of the industry’s total turnover and accounted for more than 50% of the industry’s workforce. The “Mediterranean” region generated 34% of the national total turnover and the “Great Western” region contributed 33% of the national turnover figure.

Turnover from recreational boat production has grown steadily since 1997, largely thanks to dynamic exports. The global financial crisis which began in September 2008 had a major impact on the sector, although the following year saw a return to growth levels previously recorded in the early 2000s. The commercial strength of businesses, which introduced a signiἀcant number of new products and services to the market and redoubled their efforts in the international arena, helped the return of growth in France from the 2009/2010 nautical year onwards. However, the worsening crisis in Europe in 2011/2012 once again adversely affected French output, and total turnover fell by 13.6% to 779.2 million Euros, for 43,785 units produced (–19.7%).

The domestic market is driven mainly by continued high levels of public interest in sailing and related activities, as evidenced by:  growth of secondhand boats sales (+0.3%), mainly sales of motorboats (81%) and boats under 6 meters (67%),  growth of delivered permits (+15%),   a strong inḀux has been noticed during the main nautical events, whether sports or business.

 

On the water sports front, “fashionable” activities such as Stand Up Paddle (a hybrid of surἀng and kayaking), rowing and sea kayaking, kite surἀng and wakeboarding are seeing a real hike in interest.

Maritime and river rentals are equally attracting ever more impressive numbers. France, thanks to its long and diverse coasts, large network of navigable waterways and ever greater rental options, meets the expectations of demanding pleasure seekers very well indeed. 

The French nautical industry and service economy*

  •  5,069 businesses,
  • 30 categories of businesses, more than
  • 41,000 jobs, total turnover of
  • 4.56 billion Euros, 
  • 43,758 boats produced,
    • representing turnover of 779.2 million Euros,
    •  with 67.8% produced for export.

 

 

 

Main markers of sailing*

  •  9 million occasional sailors,
  • 4 million regular recreational sailors,
  • 512,766 recreational boats in use,
  • 16,465 new registrations:
    • 68% motorboats and 49% boats under 6 meters,
  • 64,308 second-hand sales:
    • 81% motorboats and 67% boats under 6 meters,
  • more than 1,000 sailing schools,
  • more than 200 motor school boats,
  • 85,143 recreational sailing permits issued.

Facilities*

  •  more than 370 marinas,
    • with 250,000 berths,
  • 38 dry ports,
    • with 11,248 berths.

(*)  Source: “French nautical industries key figures 2011/2012”  of the French Nautical Industries Federation.

 


Institutional bodies

Conseil Supérieur de la Navigation de Plaisance et des Sports Nautiques

The Supreme Council of Boating and Water Sports consists of 46 members representing the widest range of skills in the sector.Its aims cover design, coordination, consultation and impetus for the sector.Its actions in boating affect all areas of our society in terms of economy, development, 

www.csnpsn.developpement-durable.gouv.fr

Fédération Française de Voile

The French Sailing Federation was established in 1946 to encourage, promote, develop, instruct, train, organise and control within the limit of its prerogatives the sport of sailing in all forms practised, whether for competition, leisure, educational and social purposes or tourism.

The FSF has four main missions:

•     to prepare a regulatory and statutory framework for the discipline

•     to develop a nationwide network of clubs and permit-holders,

•     to organise sailing events,

•     to provide a structure for the French teams.

The FSF in key figures:1,201,000 people in 1,074 affiliated clubs including 464 French Sailing Schools and a total of 292,162 permit-holders. More than 6,000 trials scheduled in the federal calendar including 27 French championships.

www.ffvoile.fr

Fédération Française des Ports de Plaisance

The French Federation of Marinas (FFPP) is an associative organization which represents 301 members from coastal and inland waters (rivers, lakes and canals) represented, at national level, by elected representatives of eight regional associations or afἀliated unions from the coasts of metropolitan France and the French overseas departments or territories.The FFPP defends the interests of its members and advises them on technical, legal and social aspects.

The Federation is supported by a “Club of Partners” which for 20 years has brought together the main companies engaged in the management and equipping of marinas.The FFPP participates actively in promoting the nautical sector through the Committee for Development of Marina Capacity (CODCAP), which was created in conjunction with the FFPP.

The actions of the FFPP are also evident in the links established with other Mediterranean countries with the support of Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Morocco and Algeria.The FFPP chairs the Odyssea European Cooperation Grouping (GEC Odyssea) which is formally supported by ANEL (National Association of Coastal Local Authorities), ANMSCCT (National Association of Mayors of Classiἀed Resorts and Tourist Communes) and is a member of the marinas Committee of the ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) which represents marinas at world level.

www.ffports-plaisance.com

Fédération Française Motonautique

The French Motorboating Federation comprises:

•     892 annual permit-holders covering all disciplines (speedboat, jet ski, hovercraft, leisure),

•     65 afἀliated clubs,

•     9 regional committees.

It organises:

•     inshore: 2 world championships – 4 rounds for the French championship,

•     offshore: 4 rounds for the French championship,

•     jet ski: 1 world championship in Guadeloupe, 1 speed and endurance championship in France, 1 regional championship in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Corsica, Grand Est, Normandy,
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Languedoc-Roussillon,

•     hovercraft: 2 European championships.

It also:

•     adapts boats specially to enable people with reduced mobility to go sailing,

•     organises sessions for obtaining the professional qualiἀcation certiἀcate of assistant motorboating instructor.

www.ffmotonautique.com

Fédération des Industries Nautiques (FIN)

A major professional trade body with more than 600 members from the French nautical sector, the French Nautical Industries Federation (FIN) works to support, promote and represent the professionals of the industry and France’s nautical services at home and abroad.

As part of its commitment to strengthening its regional presence beside professionals in the leisure marine industry, and providing them close support and advice, FIN is rolling out a network of local partners. It is also developing regional dialogue with local communities and coastal institutions. By doing so, FIN aims to play a driving role in the growth of nautical activities, particularly by identifying solutions to the shortage of marina berths, and by working to promote sailing all along the country’s coastline.

FIN is contributing to the development and practice of water-based leisure activities, by making them accessible to the widest possible public. It has initiated events such as the “National Get AḀoat weekend” (Fête du Nautisme) or WaterGames, the meeting of boardriding sports, and owns Nautic - the Paris International Boat Show and the Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show.

Aiming at enhancing the significant global presence of France’s leisure marine industry, FIN is intensifying its efforts in the international arena to promote exports and French expertise, open its trade shows up to a wider international audience and attract overseas clients to France. FIN is a founding member of EBI (European Boating Industry) and an active member of ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations).

www.industriesnautiques.fr

Yacht Club de France

The Yacht Club of France was founded in 1867 by Napoleon III to assist the development of pleasure boating and boatbuilding. Established in Paris in order to be close to the major institutions, it still plays a role in deἀning and implementing the overall pleasure boating policy. In this regard, it is the interface between the bodies in which it participates (CSPSN, etc.) and its allied clubs established on the coasts of France. Now more than ever it has the task of conveying to the new generations of leisure sailors the great seafaring values derived from all naval traditions.

www.ycf-club.fr

 

Pleasure boat building and services

 

Atlantic Refit Center

The Atlantic Refit Center is the only shipyard on the Atlantic seaboard between Calais and Gibraltar exclusively devoted to Superyacht and Megayacht reἀtting. Able to accommodate yachts up to 150 m long and 21 m wide, the Atlantic Reἀt Center marshals a substantial network of French companies on the Atlantic seaboard as well as European companies specializing in the large yacht market.

Established in 2006 in the Large Sea Port (Grand Port Maritime) of La Rochelle, its medium term objective is to become THE premier reἀt center on the European Atlantic seaboard, with services including a marina for winter lay-up of up large units over 70m.

www.atlanticrefitcenter.com

Chantier Naval Couach

Couach, Innovation and French ‘Yacht Couture’ for more than 100 years.Since 1897 on the site on the Arcachon Bay, the leading French shipyard Couach, designs made-to-measure yachts constructed by over 250 craftsmen. Besides yachts, the Couach shipyard designs military patrol and surveillance boats in composite materials.

The globally recognized qualities of its military range and the reliability of its yachts rest on 4 generations of naval know-how. The company is now a mature brand. In the post-war years, Couach launched the industrially built boats whose exceptional marine qualities made the yard’s reputation. Gradually, the yard has developed different ranges of boats and its production is now focused on two types:

•     patrol boats and coastguard vessels for French and foreign naval administrations, 

•     yachts, with models ranging from 23m-yachts to 50m super yachts.  

www.couach.com

Foutaine Pajot

Founded in 1976, the Fountaine Pajot shipyard, based across two large covered sites in Aigrefeuille and La Rochelle, released its ἀrst cruising catamaran in 1983 followed by its first power catamaran in 1998.

Ever since, the shipyard has constantly innovated to satisfy the requirements of an international clientele, regularly updating both its ranges, (Fountaine Pajot Catamarans and Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts) and continuing its research and development in terms of innovation and production techniques.

With over 2,500 boats sailing throughout the world, this leading global company for cruising catamarans now employs more than 400 people across both its sites.

www.fountaine-pajot.com

 

Iguana Yachts

Iguana Yachts has designed a new mobility system enabling its boats to be launched without using other equipment. No need anymore for trailers or moorings, as the Iguana Mobility System can clear the last hundred meters between the sea and the closest dry mooring or access a remote beach.

www.iguana-yachts.com

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