Just been reading in the latest MBY that Beneteau are to buld 50 new motor boats to be used for the 2012 olympics, what a shame they couldnt use 50 new British built boats, that could have been a big help to the struggling Brittish boat builders and would help secure jobs.
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Thread: 50 new boats for 2012 olympics
31-01-11, 20:13 #1
50 new boats for 2012 olympics
31-01-11, 20:34 #2Registered User
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Id say there is a chance that they have been supplied FOC to the Olympics, a good bit of advertising, imagine the TV coverage worldwide all for the sake of a few boats no doubt we did have the chance behind closed doors but no one took it up.
31-01-11, 21:38 #3
IIRC tenders were requested on their electronic portal 'compete for' and I suspect Beneteau realised the marketing potential and bid accordingly. Sadly the overriding requirement is to minmise the overal cost to the Treasury rather than support British buisness.
Observant forum members may have spotted the 2012 Olympic badges onto the Beneteau staff at the London Boat Show this year.
31-01-11, 22:33 #4
01-02-11, 09:40 #5
Would the French use British Boats if they were hosting the Olympics?
Me thinks not.
01-02-11, 09:47 #6
Interesting. Once every few years Le Tour passes within a few miles of our place in France and occasionally, if we're there we struggle out to watch the peloton go by. I can certainly remember one occasion when the fleet of support vehicles were Fiat Multiplas, presumably provided on a similar basis. I remember it partly because I was surprised that a foreign manufacturer had got in on the action (albeit that we are close to the Italian border and Turin is, I think, technically the nearest car plant).
01-02-11, 14:11 #7
I was told that some Antares 30,s were being used amongst others. Its a pity but no UK manufacturer makes a small fly bridge.We bought one as there was nothing to compere size/price from the UKMy Friend BEN R.I.P. Never forgotten 4.5.2012
01-02-11, 15:31 #8
01-02-11, 17:53 #9
01-02-11, 18:04 #10
Thats a plan, mind you to us oop norf it is of little interest. just a shame we will pay for it as we pay our taxes.