Palma International Boat Show 2023: Season begins with record numbers
The 2023 Mediterranean sailing season kicks off tomorrow, with the Palma International Boat Show taking place from 27-30 April at Palma’s Moll Vell marina in Mallorca.
The show has seen the highest-ever number of pre-registrations for participating yachts and an increase in international shipyards exhibiting directly at the fair. At least 80 per cent of last year’s exhibitors are also returning this year, according to the organisers.
The 2022 edition of the show featured a lineup of 276 participating companies, 21 per cent more than the previous year, along with 264 boats on display at sea. Over 32,000 people visited PIBS 2022, twice as many as in 2021.
This year’s Palma International Boat Show, organised by the Institute for Business Innovation of the Balearic Islands and the Balearic Yacht Brokers Association, showcases over 600 boats, including over 100 superyachts. It marks the continuation of a successful rebranding effort, after the Palma Boat Show and Palma Superyacht Show joined forces to become one large event.
On top of on-water boat displays, the four-day show also offers a growing area for the boat repair and maintenance industry, located in the Palma Superyacht Village area, which will showcase superyachts over 24 metres in length from the international brokerage and charter market.
Hosted by Yachting Ventures, the new Innovation Corner at the Superyacht Village is a space for start-ups to show new and emerging technologies, and aims to promote a dialogue between startups and wider industry professionals.
Princess Yachts has announced a four-yacht lineup, including the Princess V55, the sporty S62, plus the Y85 and F70 flybridge models, and Pearl is bringing the Pearl 62, the new Pearl 72, and the flagship Pearl 95.
Sialia Yachts is set to make its global debut at the Palma International Boat Show. The company will present its new Sialia 57 weekender, which is powered by the Ampros electric propulsion system.
Lomac returns, together with its local dealer Jaume Vermell Nautica, to display two of its best-selling models: the Turismo 7.0 and the Adrenalina 8.5.
Y.Co is bringing 55-metre sailing superyacht Elena of London, and Fraser will showcase 42.6-metre Flying Manta. Other sailing yachts in attendance include 41-metre Envy, and the 39-metre sailing yacht G2.
Other yachts confirmed at Palma International Boat Show 2023 include the Custom Line Navetta 33, Wallytender48, Majesty 100, Ferretti Yachts 670 and Riva Rivale 52. Pirelli showcases a range of its techno ribs, and Astondoa brings its As range, along with the 377 Coupe.
In recent years Palma International Boat Show has become one of the premier events of the Med’s nautical season. The nautical sector is regarded as a strategic sector by the government for the economy of the Balearic Islands, since it generates more than 4,500 direct jobs, is made up of some 650 companies and generates around 840 million euros a year.