At the 49th International Boat Show, held at Fiera di Genova from 3 to 11 October in Italy business was definitely boyant. 1,450 exhibitors put 2,400 boats on display – 570 of them in the water. Over 37% of these exhibitors come from abroad, and around 600 of these boats are new models.
New facilities were also unveiled at the Boat Show: first and foremost the new pavilion B overlooking the sea, which was designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Says the Mayor of Genoa, Marta Vincenzi: “This pavilion shows that we’re looking to the future with this contemporary architecture, this outlook towards the future from both a symbolic and a physical point of view, even down to the materials utilised – but it also references a past we don’t want to forget.” Modern navigation means being permanently connected to the internet. Telemar for example, offers a classic navigation console with the double radar system necessary for navigation but also more compact solutions. The Transas Company is a leading supplier of a wide range of products and IT solutions for the marine industry including simulators like this one: Says Francesco Benevento, the manager of Transas Mediterranean: “This is a navigaton simulator which will simulate any boat you like in any waters, in any kind of weather conditions. We can simulate the radar vision, for maneuvres, electronic cartography.. and of course there’s a camera which can be positioned anywhere – obviously a virtual camera – outside the boat or fixed on the boat.” One of the highlights of the show was the 50-metre long Italian ketch built by Perini and called the “Baracuda”. With her high-performance aluminium hull Baracuda is the latest evolution in a series of vessels built by the Perini Navi company over the past 25 years. The Baracuda was designed in collaboration with naval architect Ron Holland from New Zeland . Says Giancarlo Ragnetti, the Chief Executive Officer of Perini Navi: “From this navigaton console you can control all the main sails, the jibs and and above all – which is very important – from here you can see the wind forces on each sail and so we can regulate the tension and sail in safety. In concrete terms, it controls all the sails. Here we can get information about everything that is happening on board, there’s a computer which records everything, like a black box, which is also very important in the case of a problem with the boat, so that we can see what’s happening or what’s happened and what speed we’re doing, and what people have done on board.” The Baracuda’s design incorporates a relatively long waterline with hull lines featuring forward waterline angles to minimise sailing resistance. But more than that, she represents a dream that, economic crisis or not, people are prepared to pay for… For more information about the boat show see: