Budapest Boat Show the season opening event of boating and water sports in Hungary closed its gates with success. The event hosted 77 exhibitors showcased 116 different sailing yachts, electric and traditional motorboats, and countless accessories and services in the two pavilions to the 8.300 visitors. This year’s Budapest Boat Show presented a Hungarian and a World premier as well.
The event - also called the greatest land-locked harbour of Hungary – was planned to be organized together with Budapest Motor Festival, but after the cancellation of that event, Budapest Boat Show awaited the visitors by itself for the first time, with more yachts, boats and programs than in the previous years. The exhibition provides a comprehensive picture of the Hungarian boating related market, also, showcased the greatest novelties of the last year owing to the Novelty Competition.
Winners of the Novelty Competition
The first prize in boat category was taken by the fully electric boat of Bavaria, the E34 Sedan, that was presented for the audience for the first time in the world at Budapest Boat Show. The boat was developed in a strong cooperation with the factory and the Hungarian representation, to the lake Balaton.
The Bavaria E series is a brand-new concept. This covers the economical, environmental friendly and efficient motorboats. It is designed for lakes and easier to be used than the high-speed motorboats. The electric boats of Bavaria are the sign of the beginning of a new era, since amongst the great boat manufacturers in Hungary, Bavaria is the first to develop and produce economical friendly boats in series production.
The second place was taken by RS Venture Connect ParaSail sailboat, and the third place was the WaveBoat 444 of Hírös Yacht Club Kft. (The Budapest Boat Show hosted the Hungarian premiere of the 6-meter motorboat of Hun-Yachts Kft)
In boating related products and services category, the first place was taken by the NS360 Pro wireless tactical compass of Style Jacht Kft.
The NS360 Pro is an easy to use instrument, equipped with a compass using the latest technologies, without GPS, therefore it is perfectly suitable for even the most conservative classes. With the built-in VMG the skipper can keep the optimal speed towards the start line and the best way to the buoy. Other novelty that the compass records the way that can be followed on Google Earth by Bluetooth.
Second place was taken by the DSPA5 hand-held fire extinguisher, the third place was won by the DOQdrive private document authentication mobile application of DO-Q-MENT Kft.
On the first, so called Exclusive Day of the exhibition, several businesses were made and both the visitors and exhibitors were satisfied with the concept.
Amongst the interactive programs, the sailing boat simulator at the Program Island was one of the most popular. Also, the Show Pool attracted the visitors with the test sailing and the model boat presentation.
At the GENERALI Harbour Stage both the professionals and the general public found the most interesting topics, like the talk shows of Hungarian competitors, the 50th Kékszalag Erste Competition and the novelties of the boating at Balaton.
The main sponsor of Budapest Boat Show in 2018 was the Generali Biztosító Zrt., strategic partner was the Hungarian Yachting Association and car partner was Audi.