LELYSTAD – The annual In-Water HISWA boat show will remain in Lelystad’s Batavia Haven for at least another five years. In-Water HISWA Director Arjen Rahusen has signed a letter of intent to that effect with the city of Lelystad, a major watersports center in the heart of Holland.
The 2022 In-Water HISWA 2022 was a great success, blessed by warm, sunny weather.
Organizers say the Aug. 31-Sep. 4 event welcomed 30,000 visitors after two years in which the show was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They now think the pandemic was a shot in the arm for the watersports sector, with the Dutch rediscovering their country as a prime boating location where spending time on the water proved very safe.
The 2022 show’s offerings were rich, ranging from small dinghies to tenders to cruisers, houseboats and luxury superyachts, complemented by all manner of accessories and services displayed in tents on shore.
The In-Water HISWA (founded in 1932) has been a nomad. For years it was held on the North Sea coast. Then it moved inland to a large marina in Amsterdam. In 2018, it pitched its tent in Lelystad, a city built on reclaimed land some 90 years ago. It is close to Germany, a massive market for Dutch water sports companies.
The theme of 2022 was sustainability, with big-name shipyards supplying electric or hybrid drives and new players entering the market of sustainable boating. There was even a hydrogen fuel cell-powered boat at the event.
Marcel Schaap, owner of De Stille Boot, an electric boating center and dealer of half a dozen brands, says, “The market for electric sailing is growing, and a large group of water sports enthusiasts want to use this form of propulsion for various reasons.”
Newcomers to boating take electric propulsion for granted, just like electric driving. “You might say we have arrived at the ‘early majority’ stager, a relatively large group of people who want to use the product before the masses choose to do so. They want to move with the times.”
The 2023 In-Water HISWA will be held from Aug. 30-Sep. 4.