Een artist's impression van de 'natte' botenbeurs van HISWA in Lelystad.

LELYSTAD _ The 2018 HISWA in-Water show (Sep. 5-9) opens in new quarters, keen to make good on its claim of being “the most comprehensive show of its kind in Northern Europe.” The event has left Amsterdam Marina for Bataviahaven in Lelystad, 40 kms east of the capital.

Its 35th edition will display more than 250 new boats from Dutch and international yards. Built in the 1960s on land where the sea once raged, Lelystad wins no beauty prizes. But its Bataviahaven is a first-rate boating hub closer to Germany, a key market for Dutch builders, than Amsterdam. On show will be open sailboats, sailing and motor yachts, luxury cats, launches, tenders, speedboats and RIBs of 5 to 30m.

New in 2018 is a pavilion that will be both a meeting place for boating professionals and ial customers. It is an initiative of 7 companies _ including RayMarine, Yanmar, AkzoNobel, Webasto and Vetus. Says Harrold van Asselt, Raymarine’s director Benelux:  “The Netherlands will always need an in-water show. The days of just looking at boats are over. We must create an experience for visitors.”

Bataviahaven is a modern, efficient marina on the eastern rim of the Markermeer, a large lake in the heart of the Netherlands. It offers unmatched opportunities for test runs. Also, it boasts 7 restaurants. Show visitors get 10% off at a 145-store outlet mall and – sit down for this one! _ parking is only €3 a day! Here are the show’s Dutch-built boat-of-the-year nominees (with maker and stand in brackets):


Aira 22 (right-Aira Boats / B24): newly developed 22ft. (6.5m) open sail boat for up to 6 people. Ideal for sailing clubs and schools. Comfortable seating, sporty sailing potential. Debuted at the 2018 Duesseldorf Boot Show. A collaboration between Simonis-Voogd Yachtdesign and Jos Snijders Blok.

Domani S30: (left-Domani Yachts/B-28): An upmarket boat that the yard calls “a synthesis of sportiness, luxury and design.” The boat responds to changing boating patterns – from multi-day trips to no-hassle day-sailing outings.

Saffier Se37 Lounge (Saffier Marine /C04): A classic, robust luxury daysailer with a helmsman’s position at the front of the cockpit. From that central location, the helmsman oversees the entire boat and has access to all the lines that control the sails.


Keizer-42 (Keizer Yachts/G-05) Can achieve 40 knots and is available from only €326,000!. The cabin has 1.9m (6.2ft) of headroom, a large double berth, a shower area and a separate toilet. Under the cockpit, 2 separate berths. A Vripack Design and Engineering project with 360-degree views from any cockpit location.

VanVossen 800 SP runabout (VanVossen Tenders/E22-F14). A fast, aluminum tender from a yard that specializes in that category. Max boating pleasure, minimal maintenance. The hulls of VanVossen tenders have little draft and are optimized for speed.