LEEUWARDEN – The Boat Holland show (Feb. 7-11) brings to mind ‘The Little Train That Could,’ an American fairy tale about a small, can-do train that scaled a big mountain. In 2020, the event in this northern Dutch town marks its 30th anniversary, an impressive jubilee.
“Boat Holland is known at home and abroad as an inspiring event, every year again,” says Gerda Brouwer, the exhibition’s manager. “In over 30 years, it has become the place where the water sports season starts.”
This year, the indoor show will host 250 exhibitors and give steel yacht building – a Dutch specialty – pride of place. Steel motor yachts, from 9 to 17m (29.5 to 56ft) will line an imposing jetty. Exhibitors include Pollard Jachtbouw, Brandsma Yachts and Vedette Jachtbouw.
There will also be a large houseboat pavilion. “Houseboat recreation is acquiring a growing share in water sports,” says Brouwer. Additionally, there’ll be display of new and used boats, accessories and such services as insurance, charts, upholstery, engines etc. And, of course, fun sports: supping, skim boarding, kiting, waterskiing and surfing.
A show-wide theme is sustainability “which has become an integral part of society at large,” says Brouwer. Her show will feature a “fossil-free sailing square.”
Vedette Jachtbouw will show its Vedette Traveler 12.30 (more interior space, extended roof) and Pollard Jachtbouw premiers its Silence 43 OC New Style, a newly developed 13m steel motor yacht with a sleek stern and a hull with a slight curvature.
Boat Holland – Feb. 7-11. / WTC Expo – Leeuwarden