Tuesday - May 23, 2017

The 2014 Palma International Boat Show gets underway


The 2014 Palma International Boat Show gets underway

As a result of the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural show, this year’s got underway on Wednesday, April 30th at the Port of Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands of Spain.

The event will be focused around the recently completed Moll Vell (Old Port) redevelopment project, providing ample restaurants, bar and terrace facilities, as well as excellent shopping opportunities. With the event drawing in excess of 37,000 visitors in 2013, the organisers are expecting that figure to be considerably higher this year.

This year’s event will also incorporate the first ever Palma Superyacht Show, and to accommodate all of the extra yachts and anticipated traffic the event area has been considerably increased, with the inclusion of an additional pier. This means that the number of berths available has not only been increased from 200 to 260, but also the marina is now capable of housing yachts ranging in length from 8 meters to 55 meters.

In addition, the exhibition area footprint, both the open and covered sections, have been increased in size by more than a quarter, and the organisers have put on considerably more event highlights this year including regattas, a Tapas Fair, networking events and a special conference for Superyacht owners.

The inaugural Palma Superyacht Show is being described as the only Brokerage and Charter Show organised by the industry for the industry. Entry is open to any company whose primary area of activity is dealing in yachts, with the only restriction being that they should be at least 24 meters in length.

For the 2014 event, organised in conjunction with MYBA, The Worldwide Yachting Association, the Superyacht section will host around 65 vessels, comprising an almost exact ratio of sail to power.

Yacht manufacturers who will be represented this year include Italian manufacturer Solaris Yachts who will be showing their Mystere sailing yacht as well as the 38.9 meter long Ganesha 1 luxury yacht.

Also expected to be among the stars of the show is the Rob Humphreys designed five-cabin, ten-berth luxury yacht Dama de Noche which won the 2013 Concourse d’Elegance award at last year’s Oyster Palma Regatta which till now was used only by its owner but is now available for charter.

Among the yacht brokers expected to attend this year’s show are Camper & Nicholsons, Burgess, Ocean Independece and Fraser Yachts, all of whom reported an excellent response from last year’s show.

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