Genoa show celebrates 60th edition
Benetti Oasis 40M, Sanlorenzo SX112, Azimut Magellano 25 Metri and Prestige X70 among world premieres at Genoa International Boat Show.
Benetti is hosting the world premiere of its Oasis 40M at the 60th Genoa International Boat Show, which launched today (October 1) and concludes on October 6 (Tuesday).
Featuring an exterior by UK firm RWD and interiors by New York-based Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, the first Oasis 40M is owned by American Tim Ciasulli and had a private showing at Azimut-Benetti’s annual press conference and gala evening in Portofino in September.
Azimut’s new Magellano 25 Metri was also shown at the same private event and is also making its public premiere in Genoa. The flagship of the Magellano Collection is among a large Azimut display including models from its Atlantis, Flybridge, S and Grande ranges.
Sanlorenzo is debuting its SX112, the new flagship of its SX crossover series. The Italian builder is also showing the SX76 and SX 78, as well as the SL78, SL86, SL96 Asymmetric, SL102 Asymmetric and SL106 from its planing line, and the SD96 from its semi-displacement range. Sister brand Bluegame is debuting its BGX60.
Prestige, part of Groupe Beneteau, is showing its new flagship X70 along with its smallest model, the 420 launched last year, and a 520S.
Beneteau is showcasing its new Oceanis Yacht 54 and Oceanis 40.1 sailing yachts, as well as a First Yacht 53 and Oceanis 46.1. Motorboats from the French brand include the new Antares 11 Fly, Gran Turismo 36 and Flyer 9 Sundeck models, along with a Monte Carlo 52 and Swift Trawler 41 Fly.
Sunseeker’s display includes the Manhattan 68 that debuted indoors at Boot Dusseldorf in January. The Poole yard is also showing a Predator 50, Predator 60 EVO, 74 Sport Yacht and 76 Yacht, while fellow British builder Princess is displaying a V50, V55, F55, S62 and S78.
After a Covid-plagued year that has led to the cancellation of most boat shows, including the Cannes, Southampton and Monaco shows traditionally held in September, organisers were delighted to finally open the 2020 Genoa International Boat Show.
Saverio Cecchi, President of the Italian Marine Industry Association, said: “The wait is finally over. This is the beginning of an emblematic edition, inspired by safety and effectiveness. This year’s Genoa International Boat Show will act as a shining example of management in these demanding times and as a unique point of reference for global events, even beyond the yachting sector.
“We never doubted the event would take place. It’s the cornerstone of our Association’s mission. Our boat show will be a global icon of determination and Italian know-how, an event that will reflect Italy’s world-class industry; a strategic, international, must-see showcase of the Made in Italy brand.”
Liguria President Giovanni Toti added: “Even in such difficult times, we need to give the world a sign that things are getting back on track, particularly when it comes to such a strategic sector for the Liguria region and the nation’s economy, in need of this world fair as a way to reinvigorate it.”
Tickets are only available online, while the strict health and safety protocols also include a pool of experts and engineers monitoring the situation, two entrances, thermo-scanners, automated turnstiles and varied routes through the venue.
Toti said: “All measures are aimed at making sure the highest standards of health and safety are met when it comes to visitors and exhibitors.”