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Boating World South Africa’s Derrick Levy says the local boat market is showing encouraging signs, with several recent sales.

Levy was talking to Miasa shortly after his return from the Cannes Yachting Festival, where industry sentiment was largely positive, he said.

“Sales have been quite brisk lately,” Levy said, adding that the recent success was more than just a flush of ‘Spring fever’: “It may seem like it, but some of the deals we have been working on for a long time.” Recent sales included a Boston Whaler and an Africat.

Levy said the positive sentiment augured well for the upcoming Cape Town International Boat Show, which would feature several current models including a Targa 38 and a Lucia 40. “One or two of the boats are six or eight months old, but these are all current models – not outdated, which is what normally happens at South African boat shows.”

Levy described this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival as ‘fantastic’: “It seems to have grown in size, with a very nice range of boats. And of course you get the latest models.”

“And while we were visiting there we sold a new fountaine pajot helia 44 sailing catamaran on the show,” Levy said.

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