Countdown to the Venice Boat Show: A fourth edition focused on sustainability

Five days dedicated to the passion for navigation amidst yachts and super yachts, both Italian and worldwide premières, in-water demonstrations, seminars, expositions and regattas. It is of the largest events in the city’s calendar, as well as the most important Boat Show of the Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean

Venice returns to the forefront of the nautical world from the 31st of May to the 4th of June with the fourth edition of its Boat Show, held once more in the historic Arsenal, which for centuries functioned as the beating heart of the Most Serene Republic’s naval power. This edition will last for five days, following the trends of the other most important national and international exhibitions. The numbers this event generates, which continuously grow year after year, confirm the deep bonds that still tie the city to the sea. Its exhibitors continue to champion the event: indeed, the largest national and international groups have already confirmed their presence. The sailing sector shows consistent growth, with an increase in attendance of over 50% from last year’s edition, much like that of electric propulsion vessels, which has itself grown 30% and reaffirms its green mission.

Aside from exhibiting the most innovative vessels on the international stage, both sailing and motorised, the Boat Show offers a social context extremely rich in incentives, business relationship opportunities and entertainment for clients and exhibitors, right in the heart of Venice, both within the Show and beyond. Here technology, design, culture and environmental sustainability alternate each other to produce a unique spectacle.

The Arsenal is composed of 55,000 square metres of water basins, inside of which 1,100 linear metres of piers will be installed, alongside 30,000 metres of external exhibition spaces. The large warehouses, which in the past would have housed the construction facilities of Venetian galleys, will now host the best elements of Venetian nautical design and furnishing, as well as its artisanal shipbuilding, for a total of 5,000 square metres. More than 220 exhibitors will be present (180 being Italian, with the rest joining from the United Kingdom, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland, Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Montecarlo, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) who will in turn bring 300 vessels to Venice, 250 of which will be in the water, creating a total ship length of 2.7 kilometres.

The large groups which lead both national and international shipbuilding efforts have confirmed their presence. Ferretti Group, Azimut Benetti and Sanlorenzo are returning.

The motorised boat selection is completed by the exhibitors Sunseeker, Beneteau, Rizzardi , Absolute, FIM, Pardo, Loy Explorer, Green Line,Sirena and Arcadia. First time exhibitors in Venice include the shipyards Invictus, Fountaine Pajot, Nautor Swan, Solaris Power, Prestige, Rio Yacht, Sense Yach and Omikron. The motor boat flagship will be the super yacht Ducale 120, a displacement craft over 36 metres in length constructed by the Ocean King shipyard of Chioggia.

The return of the sailing boat is significant, and it will be the undisputed protagonist of the P3 pier with 30 boats ranging between 10 and 30 metres.

Substantial growth can also be witnessed in the electrical sector, with over 50 electrical vessels being exhibited, a 30% increase compared to the previous edition. Returning to the Arsenal are X Shore, Candela, Green Line 40, Alfastreet Marine, Fap (Falegnameria Artigianale Pesce) and Rand Boats.

New attendees meanwhile include Free Power, Propel, Laneva, Green Dream Boats, and Amperetta. Boats powered by the energy reaped from hydrogen fuel will also be present: the French catamaran Sea Bubble and the Hydrocell project dedicated to this transformation.

The Show boasts the essential collaboration of the Italian navy which, as declared by Division Admiral Andrea Petroni, commander of the Institute of Maritime Military Studies and of the Italian Navy Garrison of Venice “is constantly employed in the conservation and enhancement of its own infrastructure inside the historic Arsenal of Venice, but also in optimising the moments this splendid location can be accessed by the public, such as during the Boat Show”. Beyond personnel, vehicles and infrastructure, the Navy will also be present with its vessels Ponza, Cabrini, Tremiti and San Giusto.

The five days of the exhibition will also provide for entertainment with regattas and trophies, along with an incredibly rich program which features, amongst other events, the arrival of the Pavia Venezia, the Palio delle Repubbliche Marinare (Maritime Republics Regatta) on Saturday the 3rd of June, and, the following day, the second edition of the Venice Boat Show Cup. Moreover, there will be many opportunities for families and children to relax with activities, catering services, laboratories and a rediscovery of the sites of the Arsenal.

As always, the Boat Show will also offer debating and cultural exchange activities with some fifty seminars, press conferences and public presentations scheduled centred around innovation, service providing, training and sustainability.

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