Boat shows and exhibitions are where all the action is always at. For any boat enthusiast looking to be in the thick of things as far as the latest trends in the boating world are concerned, a boat exhibition is the one place where they need to be. Boat shows feature some of the latest boat models, technologies, and new innovations. It is also the place where the whole shipping industry muscles and brains converge. This is where you will find a quality floating dock for sale, a boat going for half the price, and a host of other good deals.
The following are some of the world’s most renowned boat shows that are held in different p[arts of the world throughout the year.
Boot Dusseldorf – Germany
Boot Dusseldorf is held every year in the last week of January in Dusseldorf, the boat show has been in existence for the last 50 years and is among the most popular boat shows in Western Europe. Tickets for the event are usually sold out by September. It has over 16 exhibition halls that cover an area of over 2,000,000 square feet. The event splits boats into categories based on function, for example, sailing boats, motorboats, fishing boats, and so on. The last show in 2019 had over 245,000 visitors and about 2,000 exhibitors.
Miami International Boat Show – USA
The state of Florida is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, boats have been part of the culture within the state for years. It, therefore, is no surprise that Miami plays host to a huge boat show event every February. The Miami International Boat Show is held between February 14-19 at the Miami Boat Convention Center. On average, the show sees a collection of over 1,300 boats from over 170 boat makers from the United States, Asia, and Europe.
Dubai International Boat Show – Dubai
Dubai has been the center of global business for over two decades now, a role it has performed with dexterity and dedication. From February 26th to March 2nd, Dubai opens its doors to the boating world for the annual Dubai International Boat Show that showcases some of the world’s most expensive luxury yachts. The event receives over 26,000 visitors from 76 countries drawn from all the continents treated to an extravagant display of wealth not seen anywhere else on the planet.
Singapore Yacht Show – Singapore
The Singaporean Yacht Show is held every year from April 11th to April 14th on Sentosa Island. The event is organized by the Singapore Tourism Board and the association of yacht owners who number in thousands. The show receives over 15,000 visitors over the course of the four days that it is live with boat exhibitions from over 90 exhibitors from over 14 countries, mostly drawn from other Asian countries. Aside from luxury yachts, the event also showcases luxury cars, fashion shows, and jewelry brands.
MYBA Charter Show – Spain
Between April 30th and May 3rd, the MYBA Charter Show is held in Barcelona, Spain, and showcases exhibitions from yacht manufacturers worldwide. Although not as big as the other events mentioned already, the show still attracts impressive numbers with over 100 exhibitors and 2000 attendees. The stand out event of the show is the cooking competition that pits yacht chefs against each other to the delight of the visitors.
Sydney International Boat Show – Australia
Sydney International Boat Show is held from August 2nd to August 6th and plays host to yacht manufacturers from around the world. Visitors are treated to an array of shows that include demonstrations where they get onto some of the most luxurious yachts to get the feeling of being in one. A lot of boat accessories are sold at lower prices on top of masterclasses for people who may harbor an interest in learning how to operate a yacht in the future.
Cannes Yachting Festival – France
The French city of Cannes has much to offer than its famous film festivals; it also plays host to the prestigious Cannes Yachting Festival that is held in September between 11th-16th. It has been around for over 40 years and attracts about 600 boats that include megayachts. The event is so integral that it is used as the official launch of the yachting season, making it a must-attend event for many yacht makers around the world. The last edition received over 50,000 visitors from all over the world.
Salone Nautica -Italy
Every year in September between 25th and 28th, one of Europe’s top boat events is held in Genoa, Italy. Salone Nautica is held on the Meditteranean sea and hosts over 1000 boats from around the world, including renowned Italian boat makers like San Lorenzo, Azimut, and Monte Carlo Yachts. The event is split into four categories that include Motor Yachts, Sailboats, Outboard Boats, and Powerboats. Visitors are also treated to surfing, kayaking, diving, among other fun-filled activities.
Monaco Yacht Show – Monaco
The Monaco Yacht Show has been around since 1991, and it is held in September between 26th and 29th. The show plays host to over 140 builders of mega yachts from around the world and 580 companies that have a stake in the shipping industry in one way or another. This is one of the few boat events that features superyachts, the biggest in the market.
Boat exhibitions are a good place for someone interested in ships and yachts to familiarise themselves with the vessels. The only drawback is that these events can be a little costly to attend since most of them feature luxury yachts and are held in exclusive places. That should not stop you though, aim to visit at least one in your life experience the marvels of engineering up-close.