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The Most popular articles about the leisure marine industry of 2021

Monday, 20 December 2021

2021 has almost come to an end.. Time for a round up of all the news and articles from the past year! What where the most read articles in 2021 about the leisure marine industry? See a selection of five of our most popular articles below.

1. The popularity of the RIB explained


One type of leisure craft that has shown very consistent annual growth in sales numbers, with a lot of creative designs coming to market over the years, is the Rigid Inflatable Boat, better known as a RIB. The interesting thing about RIBS as opposed to most other types of leisure craft, is that they span the entire spectrum of uses and applications including industrial, offshore, rescue operations, expeditions, and even fire and police service support work, as well as being a very popular tender for Superyacht owners and their guests. Continue reading >

2. Why we need to redesign sailing

Elaine Bunting about the need to redesign sailing

Independent yachting journalist and DAME Award Jury member, Elaine Bunting, argues our industry should create highly accessible wind-powered craft for a new generation of participants by harnessing the best of advancing boat and equipment design in the marine industry while choosing which traditions to keep or ignore. Continue reading >

3. Marina Developments: six trends, six headliners

Trends and redevelopments in marina industry - Porto Belo

Although we are still operating in uncertain times, new projects are being discussed, marina redevelopments being planned and approved, and marina managers shaping up facilities. We are living in unprecedented times but could well be on the brink of an unprecedented interest in boating, with a great demand for berths and with marinas as an increasingly valued property asset class. What are marina owners, managers and marina developers focusing on for 2021 and beyond? Carol Fulford, editor of Marina World, offers up six thoughts and some interesting new marina projects and major redevelopments in each region. Continue reading >

4. Humans of METSTRADE with Marianne Hendriks (Moonen Yachts)

Humans of METSTRADE interview Marianne Hendriks (Moonen Yachts)

Marianne Hendriks, Managing Director of Dutch superyacht and luxury yacht builder Moonen Yachts, talks about interesting trends she sees in the marine industry, Moonen's 40th anniversary and visiting METSTRADE. Continue reading >

5. Sustainability: A development strategy for major boat builders

Sustainability in business plans boat builders

Sustainability is a word that has become one of the most frequently used and passionately debated over the last decade. At the same time, industrial production across the board, from aircraft to automobiles, to household goods and domestic appliances have all come under the sustainability spotlight. And these days, manufacturers are highly aware that consumer choice is becoming increasingly influenced by a desire to be as environmentally friendly as possible in our everyday lives. The recreational boating industry is forging ahead with sustainability developments, sometimes adopting technologies from other industries, and clearly defined strategies with targeted objectives are being incorporated into the published business plans of some of the best-known brands in the marine industry. We take a look at some examples from two major boatbuilders. Continue reading >

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