LELYSTAD – After seeing two editions tank due to the COVID pandemic, the In-Water HISWA boat show returns (Aug.31-Sept. 2) as the Netherlands’ premier boating and watersports event.

The 37th edition in this central Dutch town is Northern Europe’s largest in-water boat show.

The largest of the 300 boats on display is 70ft long and moored on the VIP Boulevard.  “Dutch yacht building is something we can be proud of, hence a prominent place at the In-Water Hiswa,”  says Arjen Rahusen, the show’s director.

The COVID pandemic and the ensuing global supply and delivery misery mean this year’s exhibitors can show fewer models. But that, says Rahusen, won’t affect the number of vessels on display. The show’s in-water part has even been expanded to give all boats a berth.

The show is held at the circular Batavia Haven in Lelystad. “For the first time, we are going to include the harbor pier in the fair,” says Rahusen.

“That is normally where the charter boats are moored. We will use the extra space for tenders,  motorboats, multi-hulls and large yachts. During the last fair, we noticed a need for a place where visitors and exhibitors with business contacts can sit quietly. One can also celebrate the purchase of a new boat in style here.”

A prominent place this year has been reserved for houseboats. Show organizers say living on the water, recreationally or permanently, has increased enormously when HISWA, the boating sector trade organization, is ramping up its Grow Boating campaign.

Toys & Tenders have been moved to an enlarged reception area, along with significant engine makers such as Honda, Yamaha, Mercury and Suzuki.

2022 In-Water HISWA opening hours: Daily 10 AM-6 PM except for Friday (10 AM-8 PM).