Things have been busy for SEAir since we all returned to work after the holiday period, with a lot going on, both at home and internationally. The Yachting Festival de Cannes (10-15 sept. 2019) and the Monaco Yacht Show (25-28 sept. 2019) are now regular events in the calendar for SEAir’s Flying Boats, and the number of sea trials, meetings and quotations have all increased this year.
SEAir has been innovative again by participating in a new exhibition, the Rencontres Internationales de la Mobilité Durable – the RIMD – in Saint-Tropez (20-24 sept. 2019). It has been a real success! SEAir is now definitely seen as being part of the world of Green boats
SEAir proved to be a real attraction for the personalities present at this event – including Jean-Louis Borloo, Maud Fontenoy and also Paul Belmondo. SEAir makes some realistic statements, firstly with the foils saving up to 50% in biofuel by 2020, and then heading for zero emissions in the future. Considering the growing concern for the environment, this is a bold statement that isn’t easily ignored.
We can offer a reduction in fuel consumption in almost any sea state – which contrasts with all-electric boats which lose a level of autonomy when operating in heavy seas. During the challenging sea conditions in Saint-Tropez during the press trip, this was clearly demonstrated as our Flying Tender was the only boat to deliver its journalist back to the dock with dry feet.
At the same time, SEAir was present at the final of the SAil GP de Marseille, with an accompanying boat – the Air Shark 765 – to follow the competition between the flying multihulls. This event was also an opportunity for the maritime prefect of the Mediterranean, Vice-Admiral of the Fleet Laurent Isnard, to appreciate the stability of the flying boats.
The international scene has not stood still, with SEAir’s eye-catching presence in the French Pavilion at Pacific 2019 (8-10 oct. 2019), the major Australian international marine exhibition, supported by the Group of Construction Industries and French Naval Activities (GICAN). Lots of contacts, exchanges and meetings took place, with people provided with the opportunity to discover SEAir’s technology and its expertise in making boats fly, based on its retractable servo-controlled foiling system.
As well as the collaboration with the DGA, l’Agence Innovation Défense, (Defense Innovation Agency) and the choice of SEAir for the e-Flyco project by the maritime forces of the marines and commandos of the French Navy, SEAir was also present at the Defense Industry Days (17-18 oct. 2019), a bilateral seminar for the SMEs / ETI of Defence which was held at the French Embassy in Washington. This has been an intense couple of months … which will be capped by our presence at the Geneva Boat Show.
On the sales side, buyers can try out SEAir Flying Tenders at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the South of France, on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, in Sydney, Australia and – of course – in Brittany, France.
It has been a very intense start to the autumn season. From here we can look forward to a year-end for 2019 that could have many more surprises in store…