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Spanish Hospitality and Island Vibes: The Palma International Boat Show 2018

Set against the stunning backdrop of Palma de Mallorca’s historic old town, the Palma International Boat Show is the ideal event for those looking to purchase or charter this summer. Returning for its 35th edition from 27th April to 1st May, the show is complemented by the sixth edition of the Palma Superyacht Show which is held concurrently in Palma’s Moll Vell and is expected to feature over 80 luxury motor and sailing yachts over 24 meters in length.

HIGHLIGHTS

With over 200 exhibitors and 40,000 square meters of exhibition space, this year’s show promises to be bigger than ever before. As well as the 600 or so boats on show, impressive display of watertoys and the latest marine gadgetry, there’ll be champagne bars, tapas stands and food trucks serving up sushi, fresh salads and hamburgers to enjoy al fresco which typify the relaxed ambience of the Palma shows. You won’t want to miss the special Night of the Sea party held on Saturday 28th when the show stays open til late and exhibitors let their hair down with live music and welcome drinks.

Of particular interest to owners and industry professionals will be the refit and repair area which returns to the show for the second year. This relatively young section of the show reflects Mallorca’s recent emergence as a prime Mediterranean hub for yacht maintenance and servicing. New for this year is the dedicated superyacht tender showcase which is sure to prove popular with captains and owners.

Another initiative currently in its second year is the Boat Show Investment Forum which aims to connect startups or entrepreneurs working in the yachting industry with private investors. The forum is organized by the IDI, the Balearic Islands’ Institute for Business Innovation, and Keiretsu Forum which is one of the world’s largest private investor networks. As well as investment and networking opportunities, the forum will hold several informative courses for startups or entrepreneurs and investors during the show.

TOP YACHTS & WATERCRAFT

Although the Palma International Boat Show traditionally focuses on sailing yachts, this year motor yachts are expected to make up half of the superyachts on show. Look out for the brand new 23.93 meter/78.51 foot Bill and Me whose futuristic design by Germans Frers is sure to draw in the crowds at Palma. Built by Baltic Yachts in 2017, she’s the perfect option for a relaxed Med charter this summer thanks to her funky styling and capacity for up to six overnight guests.

Also upping the style stakes is the sporty 25.91 meter/85.01 foot Mythos built by Posillipo which boasts an impressive top speed of 29 knots. Her generous interior layout can accommodate up to ten guests which makes her ideal for a relaxed family charter experience. Kids and adults alike will love her huge selection of water toys and her cozy al fresco lounge spaces are perfect for intimate dining under the starry Mediterranean skies.

Dominating the sail side of the show will be Nautor’s Swan Brokerage who will show off Grey Goose, Song of the Sea, Hoppetosse and Alix which are all currently for sale. Oyster Brokerage will also attend with their gorgeous flagship Oyster 885 Bacchus and Oyster 825 Maegan which are seeking new owners.

TICKETS

Both shows are open from 11am to 8pm throughout April 27th to May 1st 2018 with the exception of Saturday 28th when opening hours are extended to 11pm. Tickets for members of the general public cost €6 or  €12 for a professional pass which can be purchased online.

Alice Longhurst

After her first taste of life at sea aged three, Alice spends her time writing about yachts, fine wine and the good things in life.

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