MarineMax said it joined with SeaNet and Yvan Eymieu for the distribution of Aquila Power Catamarans throughout the world, excluding China.
Eymieu brings more than a decade of experience in the yachting industry, including charter sales, private sales and regional distribution to Aquila.
“We are very excited to be joining forces with SeaNet and Yvan,” MarineMax Vacations marketing and chartering president Lex Raas said in a statement. “Well established in the United States, the Aquila brand is now becoming successful in other countries, such as Australia and Singapore. With 90 Aquilas sold and the 100th unit now on the production floor, Yvan’s extensive experience with catamarans, and especially power cats, will certainly be valuable as MarineMax sells Aquila globally.”
Eymieu — a French citizen fluent in French and English, as well as basic Mandarin — will be based in Hong Kong and Thailand, where he will have easy access to the Aquila factory in Fuyang City, China.
He moved to China in 2005 and has been working in the yachting industry since 2007. After studying at the Arsenal Université of Toulouse and the London Business School, Eymieu became established in Hong Kong as a yacht sales manager. His bluewater experience includes sailing from the Mediterranean to the West Indies in 2015 to 2016.
“It is important to note that with Yvan, MarineMax is committed to the future expansion of the Aquila line that will assure international acceptance and success,” Raas said. “We are currently considering adding a 60-foot Aquila and a 29-foot Aquila to the existing 36-foot, 44-foot and 48-foot Aquila line.”
“I am looking forward to working with MarineMax and Yvan as we move into the next phase of growth for Aquila,” said Frank Xiong, CEO of Sino Eagle Yachts, the builder of Aquila. “He is extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally personable, and I know he will bring tremendous success to our venture.”