Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Boat show in tail wind

The International Boat Show of Barcelona will be the chosen stage for the Spanish and international firms to launch their new models related to the nautical world.

Around 250 exhibitors will participate in the show, exhibiting for the first time over 70  new models among the 650 vessels in total, and presenting more than 50 electronic accessories and motors of the latest generation. The 53rd edition of the show, in a context of a recovery of the sector, will also host a variety of activities and conferences for the professionals and nautical enthusiasts.

Third year in Port Vell

Organized by the Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with the Spanish Nautical Trade Association (ANEN), the boat show concentrates the commercial exhibition and activities on the docks “España” and “Fusta del Port Vell”. The boats above 8 m are exhibited in the water – an initiative carried out for a third consecutive year, which without doubt has contributed to make the show more visible and spectacular, while on land the visitors can find all types of products and nautical services, apart from small boats and inflatables.

Among the novelties presented this year in Barcelona, standing out are the Rodman Muse 44, a Spanish built motor cruiser of global reference, and the Sunseeker 75, a superyacht that combines the design experience of the British yard with the use of new technologies.

The Lagoon 630 MY, a spectacular catamaran, directed to long distance sailors without sacrificing the comforts of a motor yacht, or the sailing yachts Oceanis 60, Beneteau and Dufour 560 GL which will also be a delight for the sailing enthusiasts.

Creating passion

The programme of activities at the show intends to “attract all types of public, from beginners to more experienced exercisers, and to provide them with new experiences, like the wave generator in the sea near “Moll de la Fusta”-dock, for the surf enthusiasts”, explains Jordi Freixas, the director of the show. To create passion for water sports is one of the main objectives of the show.

For this reason the visitors receive as a gift the new “Guide to Towable Yachting – start sailing” prepared by the organization.

Best results in six years

“The present edition” –assures Luis Conde, the president of the boat show, “oozes optimism - for the quality of the exhibitors and for the ambitious programme of activities, as well as for the first positive results in the sector in the last six years”.

This is based on the statistics of ANEN, which show that the registrations of recreational craft have grown in Spain by 12,8% in the first 8 months of 2014, compared to the same period last year.

“We hope that this show will contribute to strengthening the tendency”, adds Conde. The general secretary of ANEN, Carlos Sanlorenzo, is on the same line of thought: “the nautical high season has left us with a positive balance, with an average growth by almost 16% during the months of June, July and August. It is a good result which reflects the growing stability of the sector”.

Read the complete article in La Vanguardia.

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