A new initiative called ‘Le Cargo’ has been launched at the Paris Boat Show as the first marketplace dedicated to the sale and purchase of nautical equipment. The founders of Le Cargo are Gérard d'Aboville and Fanny Adam.

Le Cargo offers a website in English and French that has been nominated for the Nautic Innovation Awards in the Service category. This site is still under development and following the Paris show the founders plan to attend the other main shows in Europe to reach English speakers and widen its international audience.

In a statement the Le Cargo founders suggest that this new marketplace fills a gap in the leisure marine market by introducing a new option not previously available. They said: “In France, 16 million people are involved in activities linked to the sea. It is the country which has the largest number of enthusiasts as a percentage of the number of inhabitants.”

“It was only logical that a marketplace dedicated exclusively to watersports and leisure activities would appear in France,” commented D'Aboville. “This platform, Le Cargo, which is the only one of its kind, is open to those in the trade and private individuals, and enables people to buy and sell nautical equipment that is brand new or second-hand.”

Thanks to a powerful search engine, and by using some very useful filters, the purchaser can find the article he is looking for in just a few clicks in the eight categories on offer:

  • Pleasure boats
  • Decoration and old sailing vessels
  • Extreme sports
  • Diving
  • Dinghies and kayaks
  • Clothing, Books
  • Fishing

“Unlike websites with classified ads, such as Le Bon Coin, purchasers and sellers benefit from a platform, where operations are totally secure and delivery can be monitored,” explained Adam. “Le Cargo offers the purchaser the possibility of returning the article to the seller and getting reimbursed. Registration and posting advertisements are both free. Once the sale has been accepted, a commission (between 7%-15% of the price of the article) is deducted from the transaction price.”

Launched last June, Le Cargo has grown to the point where more than 31,000 articles have been placed for sale on the website. “Since we started working on promoting the website, the number of products has been constantly growing,” said Adam. “We hope to have between 35,000 and 40,000 by the end of December. And we think we will reach 100,000 in six months from now.”

The development of the marketplace also involves becoming a truly global website. All of the content on the website will shortly be available in English. After the Paris Boat Show, d'Aboville and  Adam will be attending the Düsseldorf and London Boat Shows. They will then start a promising tour of America, including in particular the Miami International Boat Show in February. “It’s going to be fascinating to enter the American market.”