LELYSTAD – The 2019 HISWA-in-Water will be held Sept. 4-8 and organizers have ambitious aims for the event in the future. “We want to grow it into the biggest in-water show in northern Europe,” says Arjen Rahusen, the event’s director.
This year, more than 300 boats, up 12% from 2018, and spanning a distance of 3kms (2 miles) will be on display at Lelystad to where the show moved to last year. The shift away from the waters of Amsterdam some 30 miles (45 kms) east to Lelystad proved a big hit last year. It attracted some 23,000 visitors.
The crescent shaped marina has been optimized this year by parking boats stern-to-quay for a better total view. New products and models – from Interboat, Hanse, Aquatec, Mercury, Honda, Suzuki, Nimbus, Yamaha, SeaFury, Saffier and others – will be shown on floating pavilions. One new pavilion is dedicated to electric sailing.
A new feature this year: The Golden Boulevard for showing 15+ yachts. Among them: Princess, Fairline, Holterman, Zealander, Contest, Sturier, Prestige, Mulder, Wajer and Steeler.
The average boat length at the 36th HISWA show will be 9.98m. With a length of 25m, the Princess 75Y will be the longest and a RIB of 2.5m the smallest.
All boat segments will be represented – from wood, polyester to steel and from sailing and motor yachts, tenders to sloops. HISWA data points to growing interest in catamarans, trimarans and electric boating.
“More and more individuals opt for the comfort and good sailing characteristics of these types of yachts, which are very suitable for long trips and holidays,” says sales manager Alex Hoeve. At the HISWA we have several firsts such as the Fountaine Pajot 42 and the Lagoon 46. The DragonFly trimaran is also present with a demonstration how you can turn a trimaran into a monohull.”