For the Croatian and Italian markets, the boat show in Genoa has always had great significance thanks to its proximity and the large selection of showcased manufacturers, especially Italian ones, who often chose this fair for world premieres of new models
Although this long-standing boat show has somewhat fallen into the shadow of other nautical fairs, especially those in Cannes and Düsseldorf, according to the organizer, this 62nd edition of the fair is just a harbinger of a new and greater future for the fair.
Thus, the recognizable dome, which used to be the largest indoor area of the show, was in a state of renovation as part of a large construction site. According to the plan of the organizers and the administration of the city of Genoa, the fair area itself will become, in addition to the exhibition area, a luxurious marina with apartments next to the berths for ships.
The dome will also become a sports arena when it is not used for fairs, and the large pavilion B will now become a small peninsula surrounded by moorings for smaller ships and yachts, thus opening up more places in the sea for future editions. All these changes, which were outlined in detail by the mayor of Genoa, Marco Buccio, represent how important this fair is for Genoa, which, with the growth of this fair, wants to become the nautical metropolis of the world.
A place where other international nautical events will be held, including the final of the Ocean Race around the World that awaits us in June 2023. Exhibitors’ interest in the fair in Genoa is evident in the fact that the organizer had to reject as many as forty-five exhibitors for whom there was simply no room in this year’s edition.
Over 1,000 exhibitors spread across five tailored sections: Yachts & Superyachts, Sailing World, Boating Discovery, Tech Trade, and Living the Sea came at this year’s edition, so it is time to devote ourselves to the novelties shown at this fair, which we visited in cooperation with ICE-ITA, the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade in Zagreb with headquarters in Rome and Confindustria Nautica, the Italian Association of the Nautical Industry.
The Italian shipyard Fiart introduced the innovative model P54, which had its world premiere at this boat show. The P54 is a brand-new design that combines a 16.65-meter-long and 5.10-meter-wide day cruiser, a chase boat, and a cruiser with the space of a super yacht. Rizzardi Yachts debuted the GR 63, the first model in its new open line. The model is unique in the possibility of choosing a cockpit without or with a roll bar that enables the installation of an automatic bimini top that covers the cockpit in a few seconds.
Along with the GR 63, the shipyard Posillipo, which is now part of the Rizzardi Group, presented a new edition of its Posillipo Technema 90 model. This 27,50 meter long yacht with a flybridge reinterprets the recognizable character of the brand in a contemporary key.
The famous British manufacturer, Sunseeker, displayed the Predator 74 XPS-limited edition, equipped with two MAN 1900 HP for a maximum speed of 38 knots and with a new design that affects the appearance of both the exterior and the interior. This yacht is 22.82 meters long and 5.83 meters wide. The Azimut Yachts star of the fair was the new Grande 26M new model, a 26.09 meters long with a width of 6.30 meters, it has, like other models of the same line, distinctive full-length windows and wide spaces without barriers for a direct view of the sea.
Sanlorenzo displayed 11 models at the fair this year, of which two new models stood out: the 33.04 meter long SP110, with a propulsion system consisting of three 2000 hp hydrojet engines, achieves a speed of 40 knots, and the SD90/s, a 27.30 meter long yacht with a hybrid drive for reduced CO2 emissions and sailing efficiency.
The new model of Vand Dutch shipyard was the Van Dutch 56, a model characterized by exceptional lines that distinguish this shipyard from the competition. This new 56 model, 16.90 meters long and 4.52 wide, is a great example of ‘Made in Italy’ design with a cockpit organized as an open space that can be completely customized in terms of the material and color of the cushion according to the wishes of the owner. The Italian shipyard, Apreamare, has launched the Gozzo 45. A classic day cruiser with a length of 14.70 meters and a width of 4.70 meters, the size of which, with its walkaround design, offers a very spacious deck and is available in two interior versions with two or three cabins.
Among the motor catamarans offered at this edition of the Genoa Boat Show is the eleven-meter MY4.S, from the French manufacturer Fountaine Pajot, which is also the smallest model in the line of motor catamarans and offers arrangements with two or even four cabins inside. The Prestige M48, the first catamaran of this well-known French brand, received the fair’s award for the best catamaran design.
On the other hand, among sailing catamarans, we can single out two models from Fountaine Pajot: Astréa 42 and Aura 51, which boast a large surface area of solar cells that provide over 2000 watts of renewable energy. In the world of sailboats, the Genoa Boat Show offered something for everyone, starting from the small Dufour 37 that attracted a lot of attention from visitors to the new largest models of Beneteau, Beneteau Yacht 60, and Jeanneau, Jeanneau Yachts 65, or the new edition of the legendary Swan 55, fifty years after the first model of this name.
The Genoa Boat Show this year showed itself in terms of the number of novelties and the big plans of the organizers, which, if they are to be believed, will raise even higher in the list of the world’s largest nautical fairs in future years.
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