Barcelona show opens today on the Mediterranean

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The 53rd annual Barcelona International Boat Show, which is being staged today through Sunday at Port Vell on the Mediterranean coast, will provide another important view of the European market.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has exhibit space, along with five U.S. manufacturers, including Bayliner and Chris-Craft.

More than 70 new boat models will be on display at the show among a total of 650 new and used boats. Powerboats (42 percent of registered boats) dominate the relatively modest Spanish recreational market, followed by inflatables and sailboats.

The show is organized by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with the National Association of Nautical Companies, or ANEN, which said registration of recreational boats in Spain has grown by 12.8 percent during the first nine months of this year.

“This is only a first step. Let us hope that the show can help consolidate this change of trend,” show president Luis Conde said in a statement.

“The nautical season has been positive, with an average growth of almost 16 percent in the months of June, July and August, which reflects the stability of the sector to date,” added Carlos Sanlorenzo, secretary general of ANEN.

Notable among the new products to be presented in Barcelona are the Rodman Muse 44, a motor cruiser made in Spain, and the Sunseeker 75 Yacht, a superyacht that combines the experience of the British company in the design and implementation of new technologies, organizers said.

In addition to the boats in the sea, visitors will find nautical products and services, small boats and inflatables on land.

Organizers also said activities have been designed “to attract all kinds of people, from beginners to experienced practitioners, and offer them new experiences,” show director Jordi Freixas said. “We are even going to install a wave generator in the sea of the Moll de la Fusta for surfing enthusiasts, a pioneering initiative in Spain that promises to be spectacular.”