The leisure marine industry in Colombia comprises dozen of boatbuilders, the majority headquartered on the Caribbean coast.

Production is focused on fibreglass boats up to 45ft, and models range from RIBs and open, outboard powered motorboats to day cruisers. In addition, a large percentage of the domestic production caters for the professional and commercial sectors.

Current legal framework allows manufacturers to import, tax-free, equipment and accessories to use in their products. Most companies also operate as distributors.

AB Inflatables' new Oceanus 17 VST Fiberglass Console Tenders

Oceanus 17 VST Fiberglass Console Tender, one of the new models by AB Inflatables

Leading players in the boatbuilding sector are Todomar, Nautica Integral and Motomarlin Boats, all based in Cartagena. Also leading the industry are Medellin-based boatbuilder Eduardoño and RIB manufacturer AB Inflatables, headquartered in Barranquilla.

Note: This is an excerpt of the latest market overview on Colombia featured in IBI magazine April/May 2015 edition. IBI Plus subscribers can download the full report from IBI Plus website.