The Oslo International Boat Show ”Sjøen For Alle”, which closed Sunday, March 18, saw a small drop in attendance with 26,512 visitors compared to 28,310 the year before, though feedback from exhibitors remained positive.

One of the exhibitors at the show held at Norges Varemesse in Lillestrøm, was Helge Duus with Ibiza Boats, produced in Norway: “We sold 29 boats at the show. That's very good and more than expected. We had a lot of our dealers in the stand and everybody got the chance to sell something with a little bit from our range,” says Duus, owner and CEO Ibiza Boats producing some 170 boats this year.

Most of the big boat sales companies with their own sales centres close to Oslo did not take part in the show but stayed 'at home', inviting customers to their establishments concentrated in Leangebukta.

Viknes och Skilsö was one exception and reported a good show. “We're very satisfied although we didn't sign any sales deals at the show. But we had a much better interest than previous years, especially for our new Skilsö 930 that drew a great interest,” says Torstein Nilsen at Viknes Sør AS in Arendal.

Nilsen also reports of a slightly better market for used motor boats in Norway, with a strong demand for second hand boats. Some prices for used boats have even gone up since last year.

“Sjøen for Alle shall be a show with something for everybody," said project manager Per Sårheim. "During 2018 we have added the interactive concept to further increase the experience for visitors. Sjøen for Alle is Norway's largest boat and equipment show where the visitors can find everything they need under one roof."

There were some 190 exhibitors with 350 boats in total, covering 30,000 sq m and four halls at Sjøen for Alle.