#beneteau – After a reported strong 2013, including the opening of Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow, Irish boating firm BJ Marine is gearing up for 2014.
Representing major international boating names Beneteau, Fairline, Sea Ray and Greenline, BJ Marine are at the International Boat Shows in London this week (4th–12th January) and will also be in Dusseldorf later this month. (18th–26 January).
Highlights from this show period include the debut of the Beneteau MC4 flybridge cruiser, its main selling being a new hull shape, stability and handling with IPS drives, its interior finish and the amount of natural light down below.
Beneteau is not exhibiting at London, opting for a huge presence at Dusseldorf instead. Paris and Dusseldorf will also feature the French firm's new Oceanis 38 which is already selling strongly, available in daysailer, weekender and cruiser formats.
Greenline will feature the New Greenline 48 Hybrid at Dusseldorf along with the already established 33 and 40 while Fairline will exhibit the new Fairline Targa 48 Open, Squadron 48 and Targa 48 GT at London with their range from 38ft-80ft.
BJ Marine's Group Sales Manager James Kirwan told Afloat: '2013 saw strong new boat sales supported by a healthy brokerage market. 2014 looks similar but excellent new designs as well as strong trade–in possibilities on new stock boats gives today's buyer a range of options.
Kirwan also said demand is there for quality brokerage boats "as we continue to sell and ship all over Europe from our Irish, UK and Malta bases."