The Genoa International Boat Show closed on Wednesday after one of its most successful races, according to show organizers. Italy’s biggest nautical event brought nearly 1,000 ships to the waterfront of Christopher Columbus’ birthplace.
“This year’s show went very well,” said Andrea Razeto, vice president of organizer Confindustria Nautica. Robb Report. “We’ve seen it grow year on year since 2014. We were even open in 2020 during Covid when the other big shows all closed.”
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“I’m very happy with this year’s show,” said Gianni de Bonis, CEO of TechnoRib and Sacs, two rigid-hull inflatable makers whose flagship 50-footer is making its world debut. “It turns out the bigger boats sell better.”
Despite inflation and the massive rise in fuel prices across the EU, the boat show crowd seemed buoyant. Sunday’s event was sold out, while even Monday, usually a quiet day, was packed with attendees.
Genoa has come a long way since 2014, when he appeared to be on life support. The Italian maritime industry, which includes some of the world’s best-known yachting brands from Sanlorenzo, Azimut/Benetti and the Ferretti Group, was in dire straits. There was talk of moving the show, which had been the biggest in Europe, to another Italian city due to difficult access for spectators.
Razeto says the industry seemed to come together in 2016, and since then Genoa has continued to grow. “Keeping it open in 2020 when all the other shows have been closed has helped us maintain our momentum,” he says. “Next year it will be even bigger.”
The city and port of Genoa have decided to add an additional 250 slipways for yachts, and the reconstruction of a former waterfront sports arena will become a new home for exhibitors.
“It was a strong show for us,” says Mauro Feltrinelli, CEO of Feltrinelli Nautica, which imports Frauschner’s range of high-end motorboats to Italy. The line’s 1212 Ghost, with its teak-covered bow, made its debut in Genoa. “We have received a number of serious requests from other regions of Italy, which is new for us.”
Half a dozen Italian premieres took place at the show, ranging from the Apreamare 45 to Sanlorenzo’s new SP 110, the largest motor yacht at the show.
The Apreamare 45, with its rounded stern, is reminiscent of the brand’s traditional “gozzo” fishing boats. The Aprea family has been building boats since the 1840s. “We are not a high-volume builder, and instead focus on the quality of the boat,” says Giovanni Aprea, Sales Manager. The 45 is a center console design, but the rounded stern and subtle curves give it a distinctive look among the more conventional powerboats in the salon.
Genoa next year promises an even better venue, says Razeto. “Exhibitors are investing more money in larger spaces,” he says. “They wouldn’t do this if they didn’t believe in the show.”
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