Genoa show continues revamp
Azimut, Ferretti Group and Sanlorenzo are among leading builders at the 63rd Genoa International Boat Show.
Photos from the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show in 2022
Italian and international yacht builders have again thrown their support behind the six-day Genoa International Boat Show (September 21-26), which takes place in the city’s revamped Eastern Waterfront area designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, as the coastal zone continues to undergo an extensive upgrade.
Organisers have again said they expect about 1,000 boats on display, with an estimated quarter of that total in the water. Last year’s event attracted 104,000 visitors over the six days and city officials are confident of another successful edition, boosted by Genoa’s hosting of The Ocean Race finale over the summer.
Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa, said: “The city returns once again as the world’s yachting capital as it hosts the Genoa International Boat Show, an event that brings our city to the forefront on the global stage. The show is a historic event for yachting enthusiasts and a point of reference for the very best of Italian production, with a focus on a driving industry at the heart of the country’s economy.
“The event will star at the centre of one of the greatest infrastructural revolutions of our city: the construction of the new Eastern Waterfront, an area we’re gradually renovating and which demonstrates how our city is constantly looking to the future.”
Azimut’s provisional line-up includes the Magellano 60 and Fly 72 that both debuted at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The Italian builder’s other models comprise the Atlantis 45 and Atlantis 51 cruisers, Fly 53 and Fly 68 flybridge models, and S7 (70ft) and S8 (81ft) sportbridge yachts.
Ferretti Group is showing Riva’s 82’ Diva, following its global debut at Cannes, along with a Dolceriva, Wally’s wallytender43X, Pershing’s high-performance 7X, Ferretti Yachts’ new 580 and 860 flybridge motor yachts, and a Custom Line Navetta 30, one of the show’s biggest yachts.
Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO, said: “After the Private Preview in Monaco and the Cannes Yachting Festival, coming to Genoa and our splendid Italian showcase is always a special occasion. We’re in excellent shape after some hectic months focused on the Milan stock exchange listing and some major investments and we strongly believe in the development potential of our domestic market.
“To mark the occasion, we have seven amazing yachts at the Genoa International Boat Show, including some important new products. The 82’ Diva is a flybridge model that revolutionises onboard areas while preserving the Riva brand’s timeless appeal, while the Navetta 30 is Custom Line’s living work of art, featuring clean, powerful and seamless lines.”
Other superyachts in Genoa include the Amer 950, F100 and 120, Next Yacht Group’s AB 100, Manda’s S09 (89ft) and an 80ft Versilcraft, while Fabiani is showing its 77’, 100’ and 101’ models.
Sanlorenzo will showcase the SX100 following its debut at Cannes, along with sister models SX76 and SX88. The brand’s other models comprise the SL78, SL90A and SL106A planing yachts, SD90 and SD96 semi-displacement models, and SP110 smart performance coupe.
Sister brand Bluegame is showing its BGM75 multihull motor yacht, following its world premiere at Cannes, along with the BGX73, BGX63, BG74 (renamed from BGX70, BGX60 and BG72 respectively), BG54 and BG42. Absolute is showing its Navetta 52, 64 and 68, while Cranchi’s 10-strong display includes its flagship Settantotto 78 Fly.
Evo is staging the Italian debut of the 18m R+, while day boat specialists include sister brands Invictus and Capoforte, Pardo and VanDutch, Solaris Power, Fiart and Apreamare.
Italia Yachts is showing its new 43 Veloce, the brand’s first motor yacht, while Italian-owned Nautor Swan is staging the Italy debut of its OverShadow, which is produced in Italy along with the Shadow, the Finnish brand’s first motor yacht.
Sweden’s Nimbus Group will have a display featuring multiple brands, Saxdor will show its new flagship 400 GTO, while fellow Finnish brand Axopar and Austria’s Frauscher are also among exhibitors.
Italian luxury RIB manufacturers include Sacs with its Rebel 47 and 50 G, and Strider 11 and 15, Tecnorib with all four of its Pirelli-branded boats (30, 35, 42, 50), Lomac with five models, while Nuova Jolly was listed as having over 20 boats. Other RIB builders include Williams and Highfield.
From the UK, Princess models include the V40, V55, F45, F55, new S72 and Y85, while fellow British builder Sunseeker, represented by Sunseeker Italy, will stage the Genoa debuts of the Superhawk 55 and 75 Sport Yacht unveiled earlier this year, along with the 65 Sport Yacht and Manhattan 68.
Andrea Frabetti, Sunseeker’s CEO, said: “Sunseeker looks forward to another year at Genoa International Boat Show with an exceptional team in-market to support our clients in Italy.
“As one of our long-standing dealers in the Mediterranean, Sunseeker Italy offers the very best in sales expertise and service. We’re thrilled to be represented by this exceptional team at Italy’s largest boat show.”
Catamaran builders include Lagoon, showing its 46 and 51 sailing cats, while sister brand Excess is displaying its 11 and 14. Fountaine Pajot’s line-up includes the Isla 40, Elba 45 and Samana 59, as well as its MY4.S powercat, while Leopard shows its new 40 Powercat.
The show has a strong sailing zone and Italy’s Grand Soleil could have eight sailing monohulls from the 40 to new 72 Long Cruise. Solaris Yachts is showing five models from the 40 to 64 RS, while the line-up includes a CNB 78, produced by the former Groupe Beneteau brand now owned by Solaris.
Swan will stage the Italy debut of its Swan 48MKII and show its Swan 55, while other exhibitors include Italia Yachts. French brands include Beneteau, which is displaying the new Oceanis 37.1 following its world premiere at Cannes along with the First 44, Oceanis 46.1 and Oceanis Yacht 54.
Sister brand Jeanneau is showcasing its new Jeanneau Yachts 55 – which debuted at Boot in January – along with its flagship Jeanneau Yachts 65 and three Sun Odyssey models: 380, 410 and 440. Hanse and Bavaria will each display several models, while fellow German builder Y Yachts will show its 72ft, all-carbon Y7.
On the evening of September 22, the show hosts the fourth Design Innovation Award, which features 10 categories across sailing and motor boats, superyachts, multihulls, RIBs and boating equipment, as well as three special prizes and up to two honorary mentions.
Liguria, the coastal region stretching from the French border to the west and La Spezia to the east, is among the leading areas in the production of yachts and superyachts in Italy, which builds about half of the world’s 24m-plus yachts according to regional officials.
Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria Region, said: “Genoa and Liguria are proud to host the 63rd Genoa International Boat Show. The event finds its natural location in our region, given Liguria’s
inseparable bond not only with the sea but also with the yachting sector and, more generally, with the marine economy, the true pillar on which the development and growth of this territory rests.
“This year’s Genoa International Boat Show will see over 1,000 boats on display at the Fiera di Genova (‘Genoa Fair’). It’s a symbolic and iconic location, which is increasingly connected to the city and is changing its appearance thanks to the magnificent Eastern Waterfront project.
“All show participants will be able to admire the new navigable canals that have brought the waters of the Mediterranean even closer to the city, making the unbreakable bond that ties Liguria to the sea, a key element of its identity, even closer.”