WITH over 600 boats exhibited – including 80 superyachts – the 2018 Palma International Boat Show was one to remember.

Twinned with the 6th Palma Superyacht Show, it is estimated that 35,000 yachting fanatics from across the world headed down to the port for the spectacular five day festival.

Featured boats included the 54m Shenandoah of Sark and the 52m Tommy, ensuring that the long weekend lived up to its reputation as one of Palma’s most glamorous events of the year.

Revolutionising the festival this year was the construction of a new floating bridge which ensured that for the first time ever, guests could walk round the show in a linear fashion.

This also ensured that the festival vibe was also preserved around the entire venue and not just towards the entrance areas.

Of particular popularity, as in previous years, was the show’s Refit and Repair area, which had

been extended in capacity by 25% due to popular demand.

Here, industry experts provided invaluable advice on refits and how someone could put together their ideal yacht.

“We have loved every moment of the show and our R&R-stand has been absolutely great for us, primarily because of the many captains, engineers and owners visiting,” said Hugh Agnew of A&T Instruments, who manufacture custom marine electronics.

“What a fantastic few days,” enthused Marco Porchallis, a self-proclaimed sailing fanatic visiting from Kent.

“I’ve visited this show the previous couple of years and it keeps improving.

“I think what really sets it apart is that there is such a friendly atmosphere – you have the superyacht owners mixing with first time visitors, families and boat hands.

“Everyone is just here to have a great time and learn more about the industry!”

Given that 98% of exhibitors would like to take part in next year’s offering, the future certainly looks bright indeed!

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