this weekend, opening the international boat show in Gothenburg, sweden, is Sweden's largest marketplace for recreational use. The industry is very strong. Last year, we sold around 20,000 pleasure boats in Sweden. More than 300 of them are motor boats, which is the trade association Sweboat described as ”truly luxurious”. There is a sharp increase in the number of super-yachts.
" We can see that it is being sold more and more, large, luxury yachts. The definition of a luxury boat is something that we've talked about, but when something is costing more than two million u.s. dollars is becoming a luxury, and not as a tool for their work, " says Mats Eriksson, president and ceo of the trade association Sweboat.
it sold about 100 yachts.
" the Sailing has been relatively stable at that level. There are motor boats, which has increased from approximately 200 per year, " says Mats Eriksson.
According to Mats Eriksson, the climate is one of the reasons that many people enter when they purchase a boat.
" a Lot of people choose to stay at home for the holidays. Think of the climate, and then, if you want to stay on a comfortable boat on the lake. A lot of the tours are developed into a family activity and encourage their children with their own private cabin, and wi-fi on-board, " he says.
this is a big motor boat?
"My immediate reaction is that it is very disturbing to see such as this, the numbers of gas-guzzling big boats," says Johanna Sandahl, chairman of the Swedish society for nature conservation.
She believes that there is a need for better regulation, if you are going to be able to get access to the emissions of greenhouse gases from recreational craft.
" On the transport side, there has been an incentive to bring down the consumption, as, for example, a bonus malus system, which makes it cheaper for you to buy a more environmentally-friendly vehicles. It is the kind of policy instruments are needed for the boat, too, " she said.
the are aware of the problem.
" It's providing a challenge for those of us in the industry, a large boat is a big engine equals big fuel consumption. If this is a trend, you have to deliver a solution, " he said.
Johanna is constantly being improved, and the Swedish society for nature conservation will not be satisfied with it.
" What is needed is a variety of actions. The one thing is, of course, the price of the fuel it needs to cost more. We would like to see an end to the use of fossil fuels. If you know that there are going to be prohibited from running on fossil fuels in 10 years ' time, maybe you are looking for a while prior to you buy a big, expensive boat.
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