Highlights of the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival



| By Muriel Barberi

Cannes is not only famous for its film festival, but the city is also known for its yacht show.

After last year’s cancellation due to the Covid pandemic, it was one of the most anticipated yachting events in Europe. The Cannes Yachting Festival is an opportunity for shipyards to present their new models so that aficionados can order their favorite pleasure boat to be delivered just in time for the next Mediterranean season.

Divided between the two marinas of Cannes, the Old Port and the Port Canto, the event presents in the first a beautiful collection of motor boats from 10 to 40 meters for the most part in the water, at the Palais des Festivals it is the luxury gallery that makes its show. In the second port, sailboats share space with brokerage yachts and toys.

According to the exhibitors we met, this year the show was a little smaller, there were fewer visitors (probably because of the compulsory health pass) but they were all very satisfied with the quality of the visitors. The world of luxury yachting is growing and the short selection below will show that the target audience is very large.


Yacht Expertise presents K 584

Designed and built by Yacht Expertise, this surprising 36 meter is not the kind of superyacht one would expect, it does not offer flashy or unnecessary options like a swimming pool or jacuzzi. The owner wanted an explorer’s yacht that could take her anywhere with ease and comfort. Designed to sail to some of the world’s most remote destinations, the ship has been customized to meet her desires, including an exceptional dive room and her own cabin near the helm of the yacht as she sails it regularly. K 584 is the first in a new range of K yachts, it is one of a kind but opens up yacht building to new horizons.

Fabiani Yachts 101 hybrid at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival
Fabiani Yachts 101 hybrid at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival

Fabiani Yachts

What if you could navigate quietly and without consuming fuel? This is the raison d’être of Fabiani Yachts. They build traditional ships but offer their customers the possibility of having an entire line made in the form of hybrid yachts, in order to be able to sail for hours with renewable energies. Ideal for not disturbing or polluting marine life and enjoying the calm and beauty of the ocean.

Passionate about designing yachts, Fabiani Yachts takes innovation to a new level as they aim to respect the environment and save energy. They are fully wheelchair accessible, which is no small detail when you consider how difficult some parts of some yachts are.

Build with hybrid and solar panel options, choose between the 70-77 ′ or 100′-101 models, and get your eco-friendly yacht tailored in about 2 years. We should start seeing some of them out on the ocean as soon as they’ve generated a lot of interest in the show.


Hydrofoil at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival
Hydrofoil at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival

Hydrofoil 1

Aquatic bikes are nothing new to the market, but when you are equipped with foils, it attracts attention.

The Manta 5 Hydrofoiler is designed to take you to new frontiers. Instead of a very noisy and polluting jet ski, why not explore the caves and the shore with this sensational bike. Designed with the same technology as the America’s Cup sailboats, it offers a new form of fitness. Born in New Zealand, the carbon fiber water bike is available to the rest of the world. For about $ 8,000 the price of a Segway on its way out, one can explore the shores of the oceans at about 10 mph for about 4 hours of travel, with a fully charged battery that takes 4 hours to recharge.

Jetskid at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival
Jetskid at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival

The Jetskid

Infinite Water Toys presented the Ceclo Jetskid, a “jetski” for children, it is designed by the French manufacturer Ceclo with the majority of parts and components made in France, in addition to the Yamaha engine which comes from the USA. Yes, adults can now enjoy jet skiing with children.

Built to support a weight up to 32kg maximum (children from 2.5 years to 7 years depending on age), it is very stable by design and is reliable. It brings all the safety standards for children and can reach a maximum speed of 6km / h.

It is rechargeable and the removable electric battery provides hours of fun for children thanks to its autonomy of up to 1.5 hours. The Jetskid weighs only 18kg, so it is easily transportable and its stabilization buoy is inflatable. The price starts at € 2,100 (approximately $ 2,300). In the end, a new toy to make “like daddy”.

Diving room K 584 at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival
Diving room K 584 at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival

Elevator 3

Lift’s eFoil uses an advanced lithium-ion battery to power a quiet electric motor mounted on a full carbon fiber hydrofoil. Discover the sensation of flying over water! Available for testing at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Lift 3 has met with great success.

Managed with a wireless bluetooth remote control, the rider can enjoy up to two hours with a two hour charge. Anyone who surfs, skates or snowboards will have no problem handling the flying water toy. For others, the builder recommends taking it slowly, as any beginner would when learning any of the above sports. Prices start from $ 12,000 (before taxes and shipping).

K 584 at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival
K 584 at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival

The Luxury Gallery

Many exhibitors from the luxury gallery are at the show to expand their clientele. They are already established in the luxury sector and present their products to the yachting industry. Of course, you don’t realize it, but many of them have been used on yachts for a long time: bedding and toiletries, HiFi, or massagers, to name a few.

VIP CLUB 2021 - Roche Bobois at the Yacht Festival de Cannes 2021
VIP CLUB 2021 – Roche Bobois at the Yacht Festival de Cannes 2021

Roche Bobois

Is one of the most luxurious furniture companies in France. This year, not only did they have a stand in the luxury gallery, but above all, they fitted out the entire VIP area. Located on the first floor of the Palais des Festivals, the outdoor lounge offered a breathtaking view of the Cannes boat show. Reserved for VIP Pass holders, those who wished to do business in a relaxation area while drinking Champagne could discover the comfortable and colorful Mah Jong collection from Roche Bobois.

Something to experience at least once.

Hector Saxe Paris at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival
Hector Saxe Paris at the 2021 Cannes Yacht Festival

Hector Saxe Paris

This is not the type of exhibitor you would think of when exploring a boat show. However, as we know, the most luxurious items are sought after by yacht owners, and bespoke backgammon games are no exception.

Hector Saxe does not just create games, they design boards and unique pieces that can be personalized with noble materials such as buffalo or alligator leather for the exteriors and pearls for the ladies who make them real works of art. art. Boxes, tables, can make your chess, backgammon or poker games unique to suit the interior decoration of your yacht.

If you missed this year, don’t miss next year, the Cannes Yachting Festival will take place from September 6 to 11, 2022.



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