A touch of summer came to midwinter Paris yesterday (Friday), as the 10th International Boat Show opened in the Palais de la Defense.
A touch of summer came to midwinter Paris yesterday (Friday), as the 10th International Boat Show opened in the Palais de la Defense. A total of 1,300 boats are on show this year, giving the yachting enthusiast a choice ranging from the humblest sailing dinghy to the latest aluminium-constructed sea-going yachts.
Latest products were on show from 650 exhibitors. Despite the international flavour, French boatbuilders offered a comprehensive range of boats.
At one end of the scale, the film of Jean Morin was showing a selection form its range of 470 sailing dinghy's and smaller boats. At the other end, the Michel Dufour firm -- one of the principal French boat-builders -- was displaying new eight-berth sloops and ketches, selling for well over GBP20,000 sterling.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the show, the organisers this year decided to display a full cross-section of water-sports for the 1970s.
Under the dome of the exhibition hail, they had reconstructed a seaside resorts, complete with a sandy beach for the children. Another entire floor is given over to tracing the development of the boat through world history. A grand gala, to be attended by Mme. Pompidou, wife of the French President, has been planned for January 15 and will raise funds for the French lifeboat society.