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4 things that surprised us at the Cannes boat show

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Yacht builders breaking the mould

While there isn’t a lot that can surprise us seasoned superyacht enthusiasts, there were certainly a few moments of murmuring “interesting” at this year’s Cannes boat show.

The first thing that surprised us at the Cannes boat show was yacht builders' commitment to building yachts usually perceived as being outside of its wheelhouse.

This includes CCN revealing its new direction and reaffirming its commitment to add to its typical sports boat offerings by building a brand new explorer yacht range. While the Italian yard will continue to build the fast GRP yachts that made it famous, it will now also offer a range of displacement hull explorer yachts penned by Tommaso Spadolini.

At the same time, British yacht builder Sunseeker unveiled the renderings of its first pilothouse 95 yacht. This is the first raised pilothouse yacht design to come from Sunseeker, and it offers a unique interior layout thanks to its pilothouse design.

Ferretti Group also announced it would invest €50 million to develop 27 new yacht models. We're yet to see how many of these new models will be a big departure from their current style, but they did hint at a bigger, 100-foot-plus Riva that will be a departure for the brand because of its semi-customisation offerings.

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