Yacht Style|Issue 53
The popular Multihull Solutions Out-of-Water Boat Show display on the Gold Coast, Australia, remained open, but visitors were restricted to inspecting boats by appointment only.
To counter the limitations this presented, Multihull Solutions launched an innovative Virtual Boat Show featuring full interactive walk-through facilities on its website across its new and pre-owned range of catamarans and trimarans.
General manager Andrew de Bruin said the online facility was extremely well received by clients and provided an easy solution for buyers who were unable to physically inspect boats of interest at the Sales Centres.
“We worked tirelessly to get the Virtual Boat Show off the ground as soon as possible when social distancing policies were enforced, and we experienced a significant boost in website visits and enquiries on both our new and brokerage boats”, Andrew said.
“Despite production at the Fountaine Pajot, ILIAD Catamarans and NEEL Trimarans shipyards being temporarily disrupted early in the crisis, we have still been able to place orders for Asia-Pacific clients on both sail and power catamarans, with particularly strong interest in the Elba 45 and New 59 sailing catamarans, and the impending launch of the new ILIAD 60 power catamaran.
“As there is so much uncertainty at present around the state of the financial markets, we are seeing some natural hesitation from clients in confirming new orders, but there is still considerable demand, which is a very positive sign for the future.
“It seems this international crisis has even inspired many new people to plan a cruising adventure for when the world returns to some semblance of normality, or even before then”, he said.
The Fountaine Pajot and ILIAD Catamarans shipyards were quick to enact safety procedures and temporarily suspend production when the Covid-19 situation escalated while implementing contingencies to reduce delays on new boat handovers.
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