2018 Cannes Yachting Festival
Propspeed will be at AGL Marine’s stand as well as on two brand-new sport utility boats making their first-ever public appearance.
Since its inception in 1977, the Cannes Yachting Festival has been one of the world’s leading in-water boating events and continues to grow every year. The first show of the European season, it’s where the biggest international players in pleasure yachting gather every September to generate buzz for their latest designs. At the show’s 41st edition, attendees can expect to see nearly 600 boats in water and on land at two ports, including 120 world premiers.
Among these never-before-seen boats are two sporty models by Italian builder Bluegame, both of which have already undergone the Propspeed treatment in preparation for their big Cannes debut.
“We applied Propspeed on the first BG62 and BG42, both with Volvo IPS drives,” says Bostjan Lojo of Ocean Call, Oceanmax’s distributor in Slovenia and Italy. Bostjan and his team are currently in negotiations with Bluegame to get Propspeed listed as a standard spec sheet item. Bluegame’s sport-fisher-inspired vessels are designed for long-range, offshore use under rough conditions and would therefore enjoy significant performance gains and fuel savings from leveraging Propspeed’s market-leading foul-release technology.
AGL Marine, our recently signed French distributor handily based in Cannes, will be presenting Propspeed at their stand, joined by Oceanmax international sales manager Chris Gibbs. “It will be my first time visiting the festival, and I am very much looking forward to it,” says Chris. “A couple of my main focuses will be advancing AGL’s technical expertise around Propspeed and educating vessel owners and OEMs as to why Propspeed is the world’s leading foul-release coating.”
Bostjan will be walking the show and periodically stopping by the AGL stand as well. Those of you lucky enough to be based in Europe for the boating season can also catch Bostjan at the Genoa International Boat Show, September 20 to 25, where Ocean Call and Propspeed will be appearing for the first time at stand T14, on the upper level of Hall B. Bostjan will also be walking the Monaco Yacht Show, from September 26 to 29.
Cannes show dates and hours:
Tuesday 11 to Sunday 16 September, from 10am to 7pm most days
Open till 10pm on Friday 14 September
Closing at 6pm on Sunday 16 September
Bluegame Boasts a True Sea Lover’s Experience
Bluegame’s soon-to-be-unveiled BG62 seamlessly blends 18.8 meters of seaworthiness, sport power and streamlined comfort
Founded by Olympic sailor Luca Santella and naval architect Lou T. Codega, Bluegame pioneered the “sport-utility yacht” in 2002, when Santella combined a center console with a large forward walkaround and open stern. Now with the backing of major shareholder Sanlorenzo and the Zuccon International Project design studio, Bluegame has revamped its signature BG40 and BG60 models to unveil the BG42 and BG62, measuring 12.98 meters and 18.8 meters, respectively.
On both boats, a center-console format gets a boost from maximized exterior spaces including wider side passages, a larger bow area with more seating, and a reconfigured hardtop. Arguably the yacht’s focal point, the hardtop is equipped with a seat, a full windshield and open sides, for rough-weather protection without sacrificing that outdoor feel. Bluegame’s trademark open stern offers full water access for an alfresco “deck-based” experience, much like being on a sailboat. The interior has also been redesigned with functionality and versatility in mind.