This year’s Palma Superyacht Show, running alongside the Palma Boat Show was probably the most successful yet in terms of attendance and the number of yachts on show.
Starting on Friday 28th April through to Tuesday 2nd May, the crowds flocked through the doors, especially on the Sunday and Monday. I have yet to see the final numbers, but feel confident they will surpass previous years by some distance.
This year showed yet again that Palma has become THE sail boat Superyacht show, with 42 sailing yachts over 24 mtrs on display, the most of any show in the world.
Motoryachts were well represented too, with MY ‘Maybe’ stealing the show. This is the largest yacht ever built and designed in Spain, at 60 mtrs, and was staffed by many of the shipyard employees who displayed immense pride in their work. We were lucky enough to be given a guided tour by one of the young yard staff, and impressive is an understatement for this beautifully built yacht!
The shoreside stands at the show were also very busy and showed a great variety of products, including this year’s inaugural Refit & Repair area. This area attracted a mixed response from the exhibitors, as the area was a bit tucked away and therefore didn’t get the footfall of the main show areas, but some companies didn’t see this as a major drawback.
Steve Worrall, Horizon Marine Electronics’ Operations Manager says: “Our overall show experience was very good with a high standard of visitors to our stand.”
Others were less pleased saying that they needed to see more people. I have no doubt that the organisers will look at this in more detail for next year and come up with a better solution. The idea is sound, but just needs tweaking a little. Overall the organisers can be very pleased with the show and we look forward to the 2018 edition.