Posted: 25th April 2019 | Written by: Elizabeth Dann
With only two days to go till the Palma International Boat Show and Superyacht Show, we recap the best the shows have to offer this year!
Expanding year on year, 2018 saw 19% more visitors than in 2017, more than 300 boats on the water and 100 superyachts on display. But the innovation that really brought the shows into their own was the 72m floating bridge connecting the STP shipyard to Palma's iconic fisherman's dock.
From out on the water, visitors could easily imagine themselves on one of the spectacular floating palaces or sleek sailing boats filling the vista. Visitors will be pleased to hear that the pontoon is back this year, improving circulation around the site and affording that to-die-for view.
Aside from ultra-fast and classic sailing yachts in the 24-30m range, a sweeping selection of large motor yachts will be vying for visitors’ attention this year. These 50m+ yachts are the type that can easily accommodate 12-14 guests, boast all the necessary mod cons such as jacuzzis, hammams and helipads and have the range to take you to the most remote corners of the globe.
This year, the 59,3m motor yacht IMAN, (for sale through Arcon Yachts) will reign supreme as one of the largest of the fleet, alongside the 50m INCEPTION. The recently refitted IMAN boasts a beach club, observation lounge and gym with 360-degree views, while INCEPTION, a World Superyacht Awards winner, impresses by means of her four decks for entertaining, sunbathing or relaxing.
Refit & Repair, a sector which distinguishes itself from the rest of the show by specifically targeting yachting’s experts and professionals, will also benefit from an improved layout this year. A relocated bar/restaurant area will see the Refit & Repair area getting the attention it truly deserves: stands will be easy to spot and the new set-up will make for a better viewing experience overall.
Furthermore, Refit & Repair, now going into its third year, will feature 10% more stands in comparison to last year: a total of 28 companies will be present to launch ‘break-the-mould’ products and talk about tried-and-tested services.
Located just 20km down the coast, Port Adriano is one of the glitziest and most popular marinas in Mallorca, a stone's throw from both cosmopolitan Palma and the island's wilder side.
Port Adriano brings the carnival spirit to the show, sprinkling circus high-jinks amongst more serious negotiations and networking with the 'Fun Fair'. Surprise performances are likely to pop up between 17.00 - 19.00 daily.
Using the boat show as an opportunity to unveil an exciting development, Port Adriano is announcing that a dry dock will soon compliment its offering to clients. The dry dock will be suitable for jet-skis and boats of up to 10m with a rapid launching service.
Palma natives, e3 systems will be on stand SY24 with Inmarsat to answer questions about Fleet Xpress and connectivity solutions. They will also be with Tijssen Elektro as part of the Consortium - for all new build and refit enquiries.
BARCO is new to the show this year. They offer a comprehensive list of services, from managing a comprehensive 6-month refit to the delivery of spare parts, swiftly and at a competitive price to boot. BARCO co-owner Alex Casares professed to be “looking forward to bringing forth BARCO’s local experience and proven track record in the repair and refit business”. He added that: “The Palma Superyacht Show is the perfect platform to promote BARCO as it’s ideal for meeting captains and engineers”. BARCO can be found at RR18.
Astilleros de Mallorca is a specialist superyacht shipyard located in Palma. Stands RR14 & 15.
Crew will want to catch the ACREW team at stand SY37.
Our friends at The Islander can be found at SY40.
Doyle Sails Palma are flying high after a restructure in 2018; they can be found at stand SY27.
Photo credits: Palma International Boat Show