By David Robinson

Several boats were sold at this year’s Hainan Rendez-Vous, which ran from March 20-23 in Sanya, China. Among the sales were two by Sunreef, including the first 18.3m (60ft) Sunreef Loft, and a 21.3m (70ft) sailing catamaran. Both were sold to mainland China clients, reflecting the growing enthusiasm for multihulls in the country.

The Loft is a relatively new design described as a ‘pret-a-porter’ yacht in which clients receive a ready-to-go, fully equipped craft.

Ewa Stachurska, managing director of Sunreef Yachts China, told SB: “We are very pleased to have had sales at the show. The buyer of the 60ft Loft felt this was the ideal size for the Chinese market and the 70ft was a little large. We are close on another three or four orders, including two power cats of 30m (100ft) or more.”

Following four Middle East sales events for Sunreef’s planned 64m (210ft) trimaran, company founder Francis Lapp told SB: “We are very close to selling the trimaran to a Qatari client.”

However, doubts over the future of the show are said to have increased. The controversy over the move by Visun Group to manage the event without working with Delphine Lignieres, founder of the China Rendez-Vous show, has resulted in legal action regarding the copyright of the show.

Several exhibitors indicated that they were considering attending the first SO! Dalian lifestyle show launched by Lignieres and scheduled for July this year.

Observations were also made that the 2014 Hainan show was much more of a yachting event and less of a lifestyle event, as several luxury firms chose not to exhibit this year.