A large crowd of visitors found their way to the two floating boat shows held in Sweden last weekend, both of which ended on Sunday, August 27.
Hallberg-Rassy’s Open Yard in Ellös on the island of Orust was held at the same time as the nearby Marstrand Boat Show, which was acquired by Swedish marine industry association Sweboat last year.
More than 30,000 people visited the Marstrand show, which is now an important platform for reaching boat customers on Sweden’s west coast. Over 230 new sail and motor boats were on display across 700m of pontoons, along with 100 equipment exhibitors.
“The number of visitors this first year shows that we made the right decision to go for Marstrand as the new meeting point for the boat business on the west coast,” says Sweboat CEO Mats Eriksson. “The fantastic environment on Marstrand and a wide range of hotels and restaurants makes it perfect for both exhibitors and visitors.”
Hallberg-Rassy’s Open Yard in Ellös ran at the same time as the event in Marstrand. It is still Scandinavia’s largest sailboat show, but with fewer new models on display this year.
“There have been lots of visitors, and even more important – every person that visits the Open Yard has a genuine interest in boats. There is no boat show in the world with such a high proportion of boat buyers,” says Magnus Rassy, CEO of Hallberg-Rassy, in a statement. “Interesting used boats from professional yacht brokers have also taken the boat show to a new dimension."
Rassy said that more contracts were signed at the show than at earlier editions, and that future business prospects look strong.
No figures have been published for the number of visitors at Open Yard.