The exceptional rise of Aquila energy catamarans continues with February’s world premiere of the brand new 30 – the Chinese language shipyard’s smallest mannequin – earlier than the favored 36 makes its Asia premiere in April on the Singapore Yacht Present.
Sino Eagle Yachts has constructed Aquila powercats at a purpose-built facility in Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai, since 2012 and proudly accomplished its 100th hull in 2017.
Nevertheless, following fast growth within the final two years, the shipyard now expects to construct over 90 items in simply 12 months (fiscal 12 months 2018-19) based on Hong Kong-based Yvan Eymieu, Aquila’s Worldwide Gross sales and Distribution Supervisor since 2017.
Together with rising gross sales, Aquila has additionally notably expanded its attain outdoors of the US, its core market, within the final 18 months.
In Aquila’s first 5 years of manufacturing, about 95 per cent of items had been offered to the US, the place the model is represented on the east coast by MarineMax – one of many world’s largest boat sellers – and on the west coast by Alexander Marine. The one items not offered to the US had been to Singapore, Canada, France and Australia.
Nevertheless, over the past two years, Aquila has more and more centered on a worldwide distribution coverage that included Eymieu’s appointment to supervise all markets outdoors of the US – even together with Mexico, south of the border.
The announcement of Simpson Marine as its vendor in Better China and far of Southeast Asia in early 2018 was a press release of intent, whereas Yacht World was appointed for Korea on the finish of the 12 months.
Whereas Multihull Central (Australia) has represented Aquila since 2014, new sellers around the globe embody Grasp Yachting (central Europe), Yacht Cancun (Mexico) and extra not too long ago Tez Marine (Turkey) and Estupenda (Spain).
Aquila additionally elevated its presence at main exhibits outdoors of the USA, exhibiting in Brisbane, Sanctuary Cove and Sydney in Australia, Phuket and Singapore in Asia, and Cannes, Genoa, Barcelona and Zagreb in Europe.
The growth coverage seems to be working as Eymieu and his rising community of sellers assist make Aquila an more and more international model.
“In the course of the first 5 years, markets outdoors the US accounted for lower than 5 per cent of Aquila gross sales. Nevertheless, within the fiscal 12 months 2017-18, this new worldwide distribution community accounted for round 25 per cent of gross sales worldwide,” stated Eymieu.
“This was even whereas the US market stored rising. In 2017-18, we practically doubled our annual manufacturing.”
Additional development is predicted following the latest appointment of multihull specialist Anna Nowotarska as Europe Gross sales Supervisor. Nowotarska has over a decade of expertise within the yacht business as a gross sales supervisor and dealer, most notably with Polish catamaran builder Sunreef.
“Together with her intensive expertise and relationships, Anna will make an exquisite addition to our crew and take our gross sales in Europe to the following stage,” stated Eymieu, who’s additionally seeking to develop the model’s presence in South America this 12 months.
Eymieu expects Aquila to return to a lot of the exhibits it took half in final 12 months and in addition make appearances on the Eurasia Boat Present in Turkey, Worldwide Multihull Boat Present at La Grande Motte and the Palma Worldwide Boat Present within the coming months.
The present vary includes the 30, the fast-selling 36 unveiled in Miami final 12 months, the favored 44 – one featured at January’s Thailand Yacht Present and RendezVous – and the flagship 48.
The 36 set to show at Singapore in April has been offered into Phuket and is without doubt one of the newest hulls in a sequence that has already offered nicely over 60 items, though the 44 – unveiled at Miami in 2014 – stays Aquila’s finest vendor, with virtually 90 items. Now, all eyes are on the yard’s smallest powercat and what’s coming subsequent.
“We’ve already obtained a number of deposits for the 30 and we’ve additionally bought a brand new 36 Excursions taxi/patrol boat in manufacturing, with a number of hulls ordered,” Eymieu stated. “However there are extra new fashions to come back this 12 months.”
Simpson Marine Represents Aquila Energy Catamaran