De watersportbeurs in de Bataviahaven te Lelystad was een groot succes in 2022. Foto Hiswa te Water

LELYSTAD – Preparations for the 2023 in-water HISWA boat show (Aug 30-Sept. 3) are advancing apace. With still five months to go, organizers say already 375 boats have now been registered.

Show Director Arjen Rahusen says he and his team are hard at work to “elevate” the show, “not just in terms of boat exhibits but also the quality of the displays  and the catering.” Organizers have engaged a high-end caterer and will build a double-deck tent overlooking Batavia Marina in Lelystad.

The event will feature top Dutch-built yachts.

“Dutch-built has a worldwide reputation,” says Rahusen. “We look forward to welcoming back many foreign guests and Dutch visitors. Like last year, The Boulevard is where exclusive yachts will be docked, where we have upgraded infrastructure and where the show’s largest yacht of 27m (88.6ft) will be shown.”

In addition to new boat models, the 2023 in-water HISWA will feature a demo area for continuous boat maintenance and cleaning demonstrations.

Crowded Hiswa in-water boat show 2022.
Photo Rens Groenendijk

There will be an area for displays of organizations active in boating safety issues, such as the Dutch government and the Royal Dutch Rescue Association.

There will also be a Career Day to lure young people into water sports sector jobs, and electric boating will again take pride of place in displays of electric drives on the market.

A Sustainability Pavilion will return to host displays of hydrogen propulsion options. In the Funpark, visitors can get acquainted with modern, fun sports such as the SUP bike and the Rocket foil.

Rahusen: “Hopefully, the exhibitors will stage their own parties again. If the weather cooperates and market developments continue, we expect the in-Water show to be one big party again.”