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Survey: outlook Dutch marinas iffy

October 10, 2012 by robert in Maritime Netherlands with 0 Comments

RABO Bank has issued a so-so 2013 outlook for Dutch marinas. The bank’s 2012-13 Data & Trends survey says demand for berths is falling and “graying” sailors are quitting without being replaced. “This is most notable in large cabin cruisers.” Not helping any: an overcapacity in boat berths and “tough” sales conditions for new and used yachts.  “Despite a high average occupancy rate, not all marina companies are doing well,” said the survey that was issued in early Oct., 2012. “They must continuously invest in extra facilities, comfort and luxury. Companies … have made major investments in recent years. The average quality of marinas has improved, but turning that into higher prices and sales remains tricky.”

There are over 500,000 recreational vessels of all types in the Netherlands and just over 1,000 marinas. Of the latter, just over half are commercial operators that also offer repair, chartering, brokerage, winter storage, camping or restaurant services. The 2010 turnover of Dutch marinas was €271 million. The estimate for 2011 is €284 million. Rabo Bank’s outlook for marinas echoes its grim outlook for the Dutch economy as a whole. “Economic growth is expected to remain mild over the next quarters.”

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