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 Boats Interviews

Alain Maarawi
22nd of May 2009

The sailing world is ancient, but most of the Lebanese are unaware of this great world. What are the reasons?
Unfortunately, things were not advanced in the past, and long time ago there were no yachting exhibitions in Lebanon, subsequently, the Lebanese were not informed of the latest technologies and new boats. That is the reason I wanted to organize this exhibition in order to highlight all modern technologies and inform all the Lebanese of the new products.

What are the latest things we can discover in Marina?
First, we are exclusive agents of the Ferretti and all the groups; there is also Riva and Bertram. All these boats are universally famous but unfortunately were not known in Lebanon. For this reason, we have come with a large number of these boats to the exhibition in order to be represented to the Lebanese. There are boats I wanted to present for the first time in Dubai, but I adjusted the idea and presented it in Beirut. We desired to show the new boats for the Lebanese interested in the sailing world and explain in details about it. 

What were the prominent innovations in the exhibition?
In fact, each brand has new things. The Ferretti for example possesses the exclusivity of a special system stabilization of boats at sea to avoid crisis of nausea and dizziness. This system is not available on all boats in Lebanon. As for the Riva, beside the special outer design, new colors are used to variation from its classical colors like white and navy, and that is not common for the Riva, known as the Rolce Royce of the sea. Notifying also, the Riva was famous in Lebanon in the seventies, but it turned away for a period to return after with new models. On the other hand, we have the Pershing boats, well known by its speed, but this feature could not affect on its comfort, pleasure and high performance. A 27 meter boat, able to arrive to Cyprus in 2 hours and a half, capable to move from Jiyeh to Jbeil in only 7 minutes, while other boats needs about an hour for the same distance. 

After the end of the exhibition, what was the most prominent polarization in it? And which brand was the best seller?
Honestly, the exhibition was very useful for us; there were a large number of sales especially by the Gulf customers. They were attracted the most by the Bertram fishing boats due to its luxury and expensive price. It was a fruitful exhibition; sales varied between Pershing, Riva and Ferretti, also successful especially the Saturday Parade.

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