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52nd Genoa International Boat Show

October 18th, 2012

It is becoming almost a tradition that the very first post of my blog has nothing to do with Milan I live in. Well, what can I do if there are so many interesting events going on out of my city? Obviously, being under the thumb of my curiosity I lock my cat at home and pack my travel bag. Especially if we are talking about Genoa, my Italian birth town and still the “why-the-hell-did-I-move-out-of-here” place.

The Genoa International Boat Show is one of the most important events of the yachting industry. That’s what Wikipedia says and that’s what I started to doubt as soon as I got to the ticket booth. A sun kissed man with a scent of seagulls and rotten nets trailing behind him kindly warned me I wouldn’t see anything interesting up there…while getting his ticket to the show. By the time I got to the entrance I was internally armoured and ready to confront local maschilists, but then I met the guy again. And discovered there had been nothing more that bitter disappointment in his words as this year’s show is almost twice smaller than during previous editions. Whatever his thoughts, to me the place didn’t seem derelict at all.

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

I mingled with the crowd and got lost among sailing boats, luxury yachts, and catamarans. Previously I had read about much expected new boats of giant Italian manufacturers Mangusta and Sanlorenzo. Both were pretty disappointing in my humble unprofessional opinion

Sanlorenzo, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Mangusta, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

..but at least not so funny and vintage looking as this year’s newcomers Barracuda 7 and Antares 7.80.

Barracuda 7, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Barracuda 7, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Antares 7.80, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Near the pavilion of legendary Ferretti there was a crowd buzzing with admiration and with confidence of someone with unlimited cash. Which I didn’t share either (neither admiration nor unlimited cash).  I guess getting older I’m also getting more and more critical.. or ignorant.

Ferretti, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Ferretti, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Ferretti, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

By the way, I was much surprised with the price “tags”.  A six meter motor boat Cap Camarat produced by a French company Jeanneau  and suitable for some thrifty couple was not more than 25000, almost an equivalent of an average car.

Jeanneau, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Jeanneau, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

A 10 meter Atlantis 34 presented this year could set you back already 180.000…

Atlantis 34, Genoa International Boat Show 2012

And I am not mentioning those hideous octopus-like looking catamarans with absolutely ridiculous prices…

A logical question might arise of my appreciation of any boat at the Genoa Boat Show 2012. Well, you’d better  not ask it as it makes me roll my eyes in sweet memories and smack my lips in excitement. It was a lovely Esmeralda made by Monte Carlo Yachts and it was love at first sight. And as true love it deserves a separate post, which will follow shortly.

There were some other exhibits, though, which I gawked at with amazement – sailing boats with shining wooden decks and old style atmosphere floating all around them with images of pirates, treasures and discovery of new lands. As otherwise suave exhibitors tended to turn into porcupines seeing a lonely young girl hardly looking like a potential client approach the boat, I didn’t get on board and, thus, didn’t discover the interiors. Which didn’t spoil my absolutely lovely impressions.

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

Genoa International Boat Show 2012

 

Those of you intrigued by the show can program a visit for the next year. The Genoa International Boat Show is held annually in October, there’s no need to book in advance, and the choice for determined sailors is quite impressive.

 

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