The 2018 Gothenburg International Boat Show, which opens on Saturday, is completely sold out. The news comes on the back of a strong Swedish boating market, with sales of new boats up for the third year in a row. Used boats are also reporting good business.

“The so-called aftermarket is also doing well and we can confirm that the demand for services is growing,” says Mats Eriksson, CEO of Swedish boating industry association Sweboat.

“It's too early to sum up the sales for 2017 in detail, as we’re waiting for more statistics. But we can clearly see that the sales volume should land at the same level as 2016, which means approximately 18,000 new boats sold in Sweden.”

The Gothenburg International Boat Show is always the first of the Scandinavian boat shows and is often described as a "sign of spring" for boat owners. All available space is sold out at the show, which will have around 300 exhibitors and 400 boats on display.

As for trends, the Swedish market is seeing greater demand for aluminium boats, more charter sailing, and more sportfishers.

Around 50 boat premieres will be held at the show, including Bella Boats’ new aluminium and GRP bow riders – the Falcon BR6, BR7 and the Uttern S65 – as well as More Sailing’s new More 40.

Last year’s Gothenburg show was attended by around 64,338 people.