Helsinki Boat-Afloat celebrates 40 years

Thu Aug 10 2017, 16:40 PM
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The event has grown to become Finland’s largest on-water boat show

The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, with the 2017 edition due to take place from August 17-20 at the HSK yacht club’s marina in Lauttasaari.

The first Helsinki Boat-Afloat was held on Sirpalesaari island in September 1978. The Finnish Fair Corporation and the Finnish Yacht Club cooperated in the arrangements, commissioned by the Finnish Boat and Motor Association, known today as Finnboat. The inaugural edition of the show featured 50 exhibitors and 68 boats.

In 1980, the NJK yacht club’s home harbour on Valkosaari was adopted as the new venue. Since 1998, the Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show has taken place in its current surroundings, at the HSK yacht club’s marina in Lauttasaari.

Over the course of its 40-year existence, the Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show has established itself as the largest on-water boat show in Finland and also one with international clout, bringing over 150 exhibitors to the piers and shores. This year's event will feature more than 250 boats, including several 2018 models plus almost every new model for the 2017 season.

Among the boats exhibited for the first time in Finland will be the Hanse 315, the X43 sailing boat from X-Yachts and Dragonfly trimarans.

In motorboats, many all-new 2018 models will be on display for the first time in Finland, including the Alucat W8 and Pick Up Boat, the revamped Grandezza 34 OC, the remade M series along with the small and sporty Mini Sport by Buster, the AMT 190 R centre-console boat, and the Faster 460 TH.

The exhibition area has also been made over completely, with over 100 stands offering boat equipment, boating gear and related services.