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Multihull Solutions celebrates its 10th anniversary by smashing Sydney Boat Show sales records

by Kate Elkington 8 Aug 2018 10:34 UTC 2-6 August 2018
Multihull Solutions sold almost AUD $15M worth of multihulls at the Sydney International Boat Show, including ten of the new Fountaine Pajot Astréa 42 sailing catamarans. © Kate Elkington

Multihull Solutions has celebrated its tenth anniversary by achieving record sales at the 2018 Sydney International Boat Show.

Multihull Solutions has truly come of age selling 18 brand new power and sail catamarans at the event, more than doubling its previous boat show sales record.

The sales included ten of the new Fountaine Pajot Astréa 42 sailing catamarans, which had its exclusive Southern Hemisphere launch at the Sydney Boat Show. The team also sold five Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 Evolutions and a Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 sailing catamaran plus two of the new MY 40 power cats by Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts.

Multihull Solutions is also expecting a number of additional orders to be confirmed in the weeks following the show.

The new Astréa 42 enjoyed unprecedented interest from visitors to the Sydney Boat Show with daily queues winding along the dock throughout the event to inspect the catamaran, which was awarded 2018 'Multihull of the Year' at European awards earlier this year.

The Astréa 42 has burst onto the world stage since its April launch at the Grand La Motte boat show in France earning critical acclaim by industry professionals and setting new international sales records.

Mark Elkington said the Astréa 42's success lies in its outstanding value when compared to other catamarans in its class.

"The catamaran has an exceptional design that emphasises liveability at sea while also delivering outstanding performance underway. The Astréa's contemporary design, high quality fixtures and impressive performance at sea combine to present exceptional value when compared to other sailing cats of her size," he said.

The Astréa 42 was conceived and designed to facilitate free-flowing movement throughout the boat, as well as linking the helm station with the outdoor relaxation and living spaces from coachroof to cockpit.

The coachroof features a double seat at the helmstation and a built-in sun lounger, while the spacious cockpit, equipped with an optional integrated plancha grill, is the perfect place to relax and also offers a Beach Club option featuring an embedded gangway.

The Astréa 42 is priced from AUD $750,000 ex-factory in France or AUD $950,000 landed in Australia with all taxes paid and essential options included.

The staggering Sydney Boat results follow the company's recent success in France where Multihull Solutions was awarded the "Best Asia Pacific Dealer" at Fountaine Pajot's annual conference, in recognition of the Australian company's outstanding sales record and client service in the region.

Multihull Solutions managing director Mark Elkington said the recent award and Sydney Boat Show success were a fitting acknowledgement of the ten years of work the team had invested in building the company into Asia Pacific's leading multihull specialist with a network of sales centres across Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia.

"In an industry that is often buffeted by waves of adversity, our achievements and awards are certainly calls for celebration," Mark said.

"We are fortunate to represent some of the world's finest shipyards, including Fountaine Pajot and NEEL Trimarans, who produce multihulls that consistently set new standards in quality, safety and performance.

"However, Multihull Solution's growth and success is primarily due to the remarkable culture of our entire team. The respect, integrity and support that each member exemplifies in their dealings with each other, our clients and the industry represent the bricks and mortar of our entire operation," he said.

Multihull Solutions is the exclusive importer and distributor of Fountaine Pajot sailing catamarans, Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts, NEEL Trimarans and ILIAD Catamarans in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Further information about Multihull Solutions, the new Astréa 42, or any of the company's extensive range of multihulls can be obtained by contacting 1300 855 338 or +61 7 5452 5164 (within Australia), +64 (0) 9 432 7032 (within New Zealand), +66 (0) 76 238 117 (within Asia), emailing or visiting the website at www.multihullsolutions.com.au.

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