Vilamoura hosts the International Boat Show
With more than 50 brands, this show which starts tomorrow (June 11) is a great opportunity for boat enthusiasts.
The 25th edition of the boat show, where visitors will be able to find more than 20 exhibitors representing 50 brands, will take place from June 11 to 19, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This event will liven up the marina of Vilamoura even more. Around 80,000 visitors are expected during this week, as it is a unique opportunity to see the boats, talk to the companies and board some of the boats that the companies will be presenting at Vilamoura Marina.
Overview of the boat show
June 8, The news from Portugal was invited to Vilamoura Marina to attend the preview of the boat show, where we had the chance to see some of the yachts and talk to some exhibitors who will be taking part in the event.
The boat show preview took place on the deck of the Sunseeker with some welcome drinks, where we were invited on a lovely 40 minute boat trip on a fantastic Sunseeker yacht.
This company sells a wide range of yachts, both new and brokerage, but also works with charters. As a major exhibitor, they will have around six boats in the Marina which they can show visitors and potential buyers.
Indeed, the boat show brings together all kinds of luxury boats, such as boats powered by solar energy. This is the case of solarconcept.
Possible to load in any marina in the country, these boats are 100% sustainable, not only environmentally but also in terms of savings. It is also a local business in the Algarve.
To understand how it works, we spoke to the director, João Batista, who told us that: “Just like a car, there are electric boats. They have batteries and motors and a set of solar panels that power the batteries.”
Then, depending on the speed, many need to be recharged or not. For example, “if we sail faster, we will use more batteries and the solar panels are not able to produce enough energy, if we sail slower, the solar panels provide enormous support”.
This small company that started with the dream of making sustainable boats for fishermen in 2015, already has more than 30 boats spread throughout the country and exports to other continents, both for private customers and for tour operators maritime.
“We have 70-year-old customers who love it and know it’s the future and go for it and we have young businesses that wouldn’t even start without a sustainable boat. Private customers are people who are more concerned about sustainability, people who have electric cars, who had a boat before but want to upgrade to an electric boat,” he said.
Foreigners at the top of demand
The foreign customer is also the one who buys the most expensive boats. “Our customers are 90% foreigners, mainly British and French and this is a customer who knows how to value quality and service,” said Rúben Fernandes, CEO of NeptunePirate. The news from Portugal.
Rúben Fernandes started his business in Madeira, but recently opened new premises in Vilamoura, where he thinks it is the perfect location for this type of market. His company will also participate in the event.