Demand for outboard-powered vessels remain strong in the run-up to this year’s Olso boat show

The Norwegian market for pleasure boats is back with strong figures, according to trade organisation Norboat.

Boats from 4m-9m are currently seeing the most growth, with around 6,837 outboard-powered vessels imported into Norway in 2018 – a 1.8% rise over the previous year. Nationwide sales channel Finn.no is also listing more boats for sale in this segment since 2012.

“Our boats in Norway have a high average age, but now we can see that people want new models,” says Norboat CEO Leif Bergaas.

“Boats with outboard engines is the largest boat segment on the Norwegian market. Popular models are day cruisers, bow riders and pilothouse boats, but we can also see a growing market for RIB boats,” Bergaas adds. “The boats are primarily used for day trips, fishing, watersports and coastal life.”

The news comes as Norway prepares for the start of the 2019 Oslo International Boat Show, Sjøen for Alle, which opens at Lillestrøm Arena on Wednesday. The five-day event is Norway´s largest indoor boat show with over 250 exhibitors, 300 boats and a large selection of boating equipment displayed in five halls over a 30,000sq m area of space.