Venezia is once again the protagonist of great boating from 31 May to 4 June with the fourth edition of the Boat Show, once again in the historic Arsenale, the heart of the Serenissima’s navy. The numbers are constantly growing, with the sailing sector showing a significant increase, registering over 50% more attendance, as well as the segment of boats with electric propulsion, up by 30% compared to 2022, confirming its green vocation. (Here all our post about the Venice Boat Show)
Over 1100 linear metres of pontoons
The Venice Boat Show – which in 2022 received the BEA-Best Event Awards as the best exhibition of the year – is organised by Vela spa on behalf of the Municipality of Venice with the cooperation of the Italian Navy. The Arsenal consists of 55,000 square metres of water basins, inside which more than 1,100 linear metres of pontoons will be installed, and 30,000 square metres of outdoor exhibition space.
The large bays, which in the past hosted the construction of galleys, will host the best of Venetian design and nautical furniture and craftsmanship for a total of 5,000 square metres. In total, there will be more than 220 exhibitors, 180 of them Italian, who will bring 300 boats to Venice, 240 of which will be in the water for a total length of 2.7 kilometres.
Venezia is boating
“I look forward to seeing you from 31 May to 4 June at the Arsenale to celebrate local and international boating with us”. This is the invitation that the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, addresses to all the people of the sea. “Without boating there is no Venice, and enhancing this sector for us is the founding part of our exhibition event. The Boat Show is not just a market, it is also and above all a moment for exchanging knowledge, working knowledge, and attention to sustainability,” continued Mr Brugnaro.
“That is why it is important for young people to come to the Show, to see the professionalism and work that the boating industry can bring to their future, especially by visiting the stands of local and international shipyards. Just as it is very important to work towards sustainability, another challenge we have set ourselves: the opening of the Biennial of Sustainability during the Boat Show confirms this, and the intertwining of the events is a strong signal of the commitment we are putting into this field”. Sustainability that, the first citizen explained, “the Boat Show brings to those who enter the Arsenal: from the boats, to the engines, to the recharging stations, and to the people whose knowledge during these days will tell this important challenge”.
And, last but not least, an invitation comes from the Mayor to arrive at the Boat Show by boat, taking advantage of the Certosa and Sant’Elena marinas that offer special conventions for the occasion.
All the big Italian groups present in Venezia
The leading national and international shipbuilding groups have confirmed their presence at the Venice Boat Show. Among others, Ferretti Group, Azimut Benetti, Sanlorenzo are back. There is a significant trend of the return of the sailing boat, the absolute protagonist of the P3 pier with 30 boats from 10 to 30 metres. The presence of boatyards doubled compared to the last edition. The flagship of the contemporary sailing production will be the Swan 65 from the Nautor Swan yard, but on the quay it will also be possible to admire the 30-metre Whimsea built by CNB and designed by Studio Brenta. Among the reconfirmed presences are the shipyards Beneteau, Lagoon, Dufour, More, Jeaneau and Pegasus, and Italia Yacht, while Elan, Bavaria, Solaris, Neo Yacht, Felci, Kufner and Hallberg-Rassy are arriving at the Arsenale for the first time.
In Venice great growth for the electric sector
There is also great growth in the electric sector with over 50 electric boats on display, an increase of 30 per cent compared to 2022. This is a trend that responds to the demand for increasingly evolved boats both from the point of view of their environmental footprint, which is increasingly reduced with the use of eco-sustainable materials, and from that of greater comfort. At the Arsenal, X Shore, Candela, Green Line 40, Alfastreet Marine, Fap (Falegnameria Artigianale Pesce) and Rand Boats will be back.
New entries include Free Power, Propel, Laneva, Green Dream Boats, and Amperetta. There will also be boats propelled by hydrogen energy: the French catamaran Sea Bubble and the Hydrocell project dedicated to the transformation of the existing. Sustainable boating will also find a competitive moment with the third edition of the E-Regatta with a spectacular parade on the Grand Canal and competitive trials in the Arsenale basin and at the Idroscalo di Venezia.
In collaboration with the Italian Navy
The Show enjoys the cooperation of the Italian Navy, which will be present with the Ponza, Cabrini, Tremiti, and San Giusto naval units.
The event is also supported by the Venice and Rovigo Chamber of Commerce and the Ice Agency.
The five-day event will also provide an opportunity for entertainment with regattas and trophies, with a very rich programme including the Pavia-Venice motorboat competition. Moreover, there will be many opportunities for families and children to relax with activities, refreshment stands, workshops, and the rediscovery of the Arsenal sites, such as a visit to the Submarine Dandolo. As always, the Show will also offer activities for debate and cultural dissemination with around fifty scheduled conferences, press conferences and public presentations.
The complete programme and ticketing on the official Venice Boat Show website www.salonenautico.venezia.it