2012 Les Salons du Multicoques

Les Salons du Multicoques is a small, but influential European multihull boat show held on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of France in alternate years. This year it was held over a windblown, rainy weekend (April 18-22) in Lorient in Brittany next to a collection of massive submarine pens that date back to World War II. It didn't seem to me the show was very well attended, but all the builders I spoke to there had BIG smiles on their faces. As they explained it, this was a process of natural selection. Anyone willing to travel all the way to Lorient (it took me four hours by train from Paris to get there) and to come out in such grim weather HAD to be seriously interested in buying a boat. "No tire-kickers here," they said. And though I was, indeed, just a tire-kicker myself, I found plenty there to catch my interest.
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