Paris Boat Show to introduce over 200 new boats
Next week sees the start of The Salon Nautique International de Paris – better known as the Paris Boat Show – and we reckon it will be a classic year for the much loved French event – now in its 54th year!
With Cannes, Southampton and Genoa boat shows behind us, and mammoth shows Dusseldorf and London still to come in the New Year, the Paris Boat Show neatly fills the off-season boat show lull, and promises to delight and inspire boating professionals and hobbyists alike. It runs from 6th to 14th December at the Porte de Versailles, and costs 15 Euros to enter.
Don’t expect a small or quiet show! Around 800 exhibitors will be in attendance, more than 1,200 boats on display, including close to 200 new models. It’s not all superyachts and top end motorboats either.
There will also be around 300 smaller craft, from canoes and kayaks to windsurfing boards, plus the usual array of professional demonstrations, workshops and presentations.
The Salon Nautique International de Paris will be one of the largest public shows in Europe, with visitor figures are expected to approach a quarter of a million. Here are a few insights into what’s planned for this amazing boating bonanza:
There will be three exhibtion areas
As well as the three exhibition areas mentioned above, there will be a new Hall at the show – the Nautic’s Marina - which will be used as a central stage for events and demonstrations. Designed like a true Marina and as an extension of the show's walkways, this area is equipped with pontoons welcoming the public as well as new products. This innovative concept gives visitors the possibility to experience and admire the boats as if they were at a floating show.
The purpose of this Marina is to offer to the visitors a larger range of boats which they can admire from all angles. Visitors and professionals alike will have the opportunity to meet together in a lounge area at the heart of the Marina.
Motorboating is a dominant interest in the international market so the organizers of Salon Nautique have attempted to cater for that with more than 150 brands of powerboat. Expect to see the latest powerboat models from 3 metres in length to 18m monsters.
Expect a very wide selection of sailing boats, and you may even catch the prize-giving for the famous Route du Rhum event. Sailing boats to look out for include the latest Broom cruiser which launched at Dusseldorf in January, ingenious designs from Galeon and new models from Sealine.
The magnificent CNB76
The stunning CNB76 (pictured left) will be the largest sailing boat ever exhibited at the show. This is 23.17m long and has a 6.1m beam and a displacement of 45 tonnes, featuring a large cockpit and a stunning panoramic view from the saloon. Well worth a look!
French brands are expected to dominate in the RIBs section with Zodiac, Bombard, Valiant, Pro Marine, Sillinger and Zeppelin craft all exhibiting. Italian RIBs from Sacs, Lomac, Nuova Jolly and BWA will also attract attention here.
Here’s a video round up from The Salon Nautique International de Paris 2013:
Photos: (c) Raoul Dobremel / AFP / Nautic 2013, (c) Jérôme Dominé / AFP / Nautic 2013