AMSTERDAM – The 2020 HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show opened, as planned, on March 11, against a backdrop of a global coronavirus epidemic. Organizers said Dutch health authorities had no objection to the show taking place.

World Surfing Champion Kiran Badloe of the Netherlands rang the show’s opening bell. In a nod to the benefits of a circular economy, electric propulsion and a 6m printed boat were key show themes.

The 5-day Amsterdam show, the 65th edition, is the largest boating and water sports event in the Netherlands. More than 200 exhibitors are to show off sail and motor yachts, water sports, accessories, gadgets, innovations and boating lifestyle events and locations. The 2020 event displayed the world’s largest range of tenders and weekenders. Among them:

Seafury BV premiers its Hawker 650 tender that, says the company, is available in over 1,000 colors. Enkhuizensloepen premiers the Evolution 6, a fast and sleek, highly finished tender. Antaris premiers its Antaris X, a 10m polyester day cruiser that is also suited for staying on the water for a few days, even at sea. The 8.55m Makma Cayos 28 is a new, fast tender that can do up to 70km/h, depending on the engine power.

Daysailers at HISWA Amsterdam

In the sailboat category, Saffier Yachts’ Saffier Se 27 Leisure has its world premiere. A roomy, fast family yacht that comes standard with a 4.0 Kw Torqeedo engine which makes the craft 70% lighter than a diesel-powered yacht.

Also, at the high-end of the market, Domani Yachts shows its sail and motor yachts. It just launched the E32, chase boat, a sturdy, lightweight electric craft in-house technology of E drive systems. Domani’s S30 Sport is about sailing Gran Turismo style.

Jachtwerf Heeg’s daysailers – the Splash, Randmeer, G2 and Pointer 25 cater – cater to many tastes.

Pointer 22

Recent addition: The Pointer 22. In Amsterdam, the yard can update you on its production of Winner Yachts. The brand’s current owner, Nordic Yachting, has transferred the molds from Poland to Jachtwerf Heeg which is highly knowledgeable in the construction of polyester yachts.

Vetus, the Dutch developer and manufacturer of marine engines and related gear, introduces the new E-Line of electric motors that combines the sensation of sailing with the power of a motor yacht. Its electric propulsion features ‘‘active engine braking’ system that lets you shift from forward to reverse without any delay.

Applying Finsulate

If you worry about all the stuff that settles on your hull, see Rik Breur. In 2019, he won a European Inventor Award for his Finsulate antifouling fiber wrap, a carpet-like material covered by tiny nylon spines. Traditional antifouling paints release toxins and copper into the water, placing marine ecosystems at risk.

IJssel Coatings has made paints since 1930 and can still surprise the market. Most recently in 2019 when it launched  a 2-component primer in a spray can.  The company’s products are used in the yacht building and other sectors.

Usafe device

USAFE,the remote controlled rescue float (and overall winner of the DAME Design Award at the 2019 METSTRADE show) returns to Amsterdam. USAFE is a rescue device that’ll collect you when you are knocked overboard.