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Brazil is a continental Country. With 8.5 million square kilometers is the fifth among the world`s largest countries, after Russia, Canada, USA and China. Corresponding to two thirds of Latin America`s area, its frontier borders all South American countries except Ecuador and Chile. Brazil is also a maritime Country, due to its extensive Atlantic shoreline,…

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Brazil is a continental Country. With 8.5 million square kilometers is the fifth among the world`s largest countries, after Russia, Canada, USA and China. Corresponding to two thirds of Latin America`s area, its frontier borders all South American countries except Ecuador and Chile. Brazil is also a maritime Country, due to its extensive Atlantic shoreline, with approximately 7,500 kilometers. Most of the population is concentrated on the coastal area. There are 13 capital cities along the coast. Total Brazilian population is 160 million inhabitants, 78.4% living in urban areas. Regardless the long extension of the Brazilian coast and the nice conditions for the practice of pleasure boating, particularly the mild climate (no hurricanes, no snow, no hard winters and thousand of natural and sheltered anchorage), the Country hasn`t enough marinas to support the growing of a nautical industry. During the past 6 years, the interest in boating was intensified. Powerboats have the preference of the Brazilian consumer boating market, with 80% of sales. North-American companies bought or made joint ventures with most of the traditional Brazilian boating industries. Some other countries, such as Italy and France also invested in the Brazilian market. A few local industries are still surviving by themselves. These significant business facts indicate a new phase in the Brazilian boating market and consequently in the marina segment. There are 100,000 pleasure boats registered in 1997. Some states as Rio de Janeiro, the fleet growth more than 100% on a period of two years, but marinas slips didn`t followed this increase. Several research made by Brazilian Marina Institute, from 1991 to 1998 shows the follow market situation: Only 27 marinas have more wet slips than dry storage spaces There are around 150 nautical facilities on the 7.000 km of shoreline between Fortaleza and Porto Alegre, excluding the Amazon estuary.

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