Innovation is the propeller of French water sports
The French boat industry is a strong exporter, largely due to its innovations, which are these days turned towards promoting environmentally friendly yachting. Its creative imagination also lends itself to furthering the more fanciful end of the yachting market with futuristic prototypes piloted by celebrity sailors.
The French are specialists in unidentified floating objects. They tested the first boat powered by an internal combustion engine (1870), they trialled the first keel boat with a ballast-filled bulb at the end of a fin (1885), they devised the first outboard motor (1892) and they manufactured the first planing hull power boat (1906). Today it is the