COVID continues to transform our lives with its invisible hand. Among these changes is the creation of congestion in ports and marinas. This illustrates well the changes in the yacht and boat market.
There has been no supply of new boats for a long time due to national and international restrictions (lockdowns, quarantines). At the same time, marinas do not stop replenishing with new clients with boats. During the summer season, major port managers assess the situation with varying degrees of apprehension.
Serious disruption to shipping!
The pandemic has endowed the boating industry at all stages with logistical problems of varying severity.
The news in the spring of 2021 dealt with problems with the supply of raw materials and equipment. Clearly, these problems will cause delivery delays in the future.
News from the summer of 2021 speaks of a lack of space in marinas and a shortage of supplies. And this is just the beginning of the supply problems.
National and international travel restrictions (over 75% of French products are exported) often prevented boats from being shipped to their owners. Today, large yachts and catamarans launched into the water clutter up the marinas.
Meanwhile, these marinas are located next to the factories of major yacht manufacturers. There are currently 90 catamarans in the port of La Rochelle awaiting delivery.
Recreational harbors are congested but under control
The interviewed experts have different assessments of the criticality of the situation. Olona port, where some of the catamarans are launched Lagoonas well as boats Privilege, claims he has no problem.
In Canet-en-Roussillon, the marina director confirms tight boat management, but everything is under control. By the way, this port has an active conversion center multi-hull yachts.
“We have the advantage of having a 600 meter technical dock, which makes dynamic handling easier.
In addition, we have learned the lessons of early 2020. During that period, we did not have access to captains and boats. This problem was solved in 2020.
We have planned well for 2021, and there are no overloads, "the expert assures.
Now a little about the results of the summer season, which has already come to an end. What consequences will the summer of 21 have?
“At the moment we still have about 20 places for catamarans. However, there may be some one-time difficulties and complications.
They are associated with freeing up space for events. When they start again, of course.
Unfortunately, we are unable to take specific measures and announce the dates. This is due to the fact that we do not have accurate data on boats and activities. Moreover, it seems that currently there are difficulties with the delivery of boats by cargo transport. Suppliers are doing small deliveries, ”regrets Bertrand Mokay.
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