As in the previous edition, the meeting was attended by some of the leading players of the sector: together with the representatives of associations – Gianluca De Candia, General Director of Assilea, and Roberto Neglia, Institutional Relationship Manager of UCINA – Eugenio Caropresi, from the Marine Hull Dept. of Assicurazioni Generali, and Miriam Nardelli, from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, were also present.
For that occasion, on 7 and 8 June, more than 20 boats between 12 and 35 meters length were on show, coming from the most important shipyards in Italy and abroad. Among the most prestigious vessels on sale, Don Quijote, a 17 meters sailing boat of 1953 that belonged to famous Eva Peron, stood out.
During the afternoon, some of these boats were also the protagonists of a tasting tour that allowed visitors to “live” the models on show with even more involvement and in an original way.
As illustrated during the press conference by CEO of Jupiter Andrea Mignanelli, Second Life Top Yachts, in just one year of life has already become a protagonist in the pre-owned nautical market in Italy and abroad. “The prestigious products available on the platform, combined with a reliable and high quality service, contribute to the steady growth of the business.”
The platform success is testified by the number of boats sold: in 2012 a total of 66 boats were sold in 15 different countries in the world. And this year figures are doomed to grow even further: Second Life Top Yachts is making large investments to enhance its presence at marinas with which it has an agreement, like the Port of Rome, in order to contact future clients and consolidate its own identity, emphasizing the brand strength.
The platform has many strengths, including the collaboration with skilful and reliable technical partners (shipyards, marinas and specialized operators) that are able to provide their clients with a full service that includes boat mooring and garaging and offer a unique all year round boat show.
Second Life Top Yachts is a guarantee for the sale of a reliable product that complies with the international sale standards certified by MYBA (The Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association), thanks to a network of carefully selected Italian and international business brokers, and a web portal with registered access and constant updating.
“The financial crisis has led this sector to become particularly strategic” says Mignanelli, ”and the growing “risk” stock of boats arising from impaired, outstanding or matured loans helps this highly professional market grow even further. For this year, one of our main targets will be to further increase the number of available boats by directly involving retail customers too.”