This year edition of the only Slovenian boat show, held from 17th to 20th of May in Marina Portorož, didn't overlook expectations as it was a bit bigger, better and more lavish than last year, quite on a trace of the previous, pre-crisis editions. This fact is another confirmation for recovery of nautical sector in the Adriatic, while favourable weather conditions attracted surprising number of passionate sailors and other visitors, especially during weekend when show corridors were crowded and exhibitors were really busy.
We were very busy as well at our booth which was located at the well-known place, where we have been exhibiting for years and where we have been hosting many of our dear friends, business partners and customers. This year for the first time we were exhibiting at Internautica under new name and brand as a Premium Yacht Insurance by Jack Šurija, and we also made debut on the northern Adriatic with our new product created in cooperation with Pantaenius - excellent skipper and crew insurance in charter. Large interest for this specific insurance on the show confirmed our efforts are more than valuable and meaningful, and that we are doing excellent job in order to make recreational boating more pleasurable and safer.
The program of the show was evidently more generous, with larger number of exhibitors, boats and diverse nautical equipment on display. It was interesting to see again numerous banks and leasing companies with their favourable financial products for boat purchasing. In addition, in the last 23 years of Internautica there was never more insurance companies - even eight, which also represents a great stimulus for us to continue improvement of our services and products for pleasure and joy of you, our dear customers.
Almost 300 exhibitors brought around 200 boats and yachts among which were many novelties and premieres, while Slovenian boatyard Greenline exhibited even a world debut, although in a prototype form. Greenline Neo will be offered in three versions: Open, Hard Top and Coupe, that, as usual, boast very efficient hull shape which was ready for in-water testing, and was equipped with two electric outboards Torqeedo Deep Blue 80. Together with modern Lithium batteries they ensure range of up to 40 NM at 6 knots speed or up to 20 NM at maximum speed of 16 knots. Except this environmentally friendly propulsion, there will also be available two gasoline outboards of up to 300 HP each, with another innovation in form of first hydraulic stern platform for the boat with outboards.
Jeanneau premiered its "dangerous" competitor, Sun Odyssey 440, sailboat which offers wonderfully spacious and comfortable interior as well as several unique solutions such as revolutionary, towards stern decreasing sidewalks, which greatly facilitate the movement on deck. We also noticed new, quite large and comfortable sailing boat Hanse 588, together with fast and luxurious X43.
Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28 was the largest yacht on display and available only for selected visitors, while Adriatic debut had another Greenline, Ocean Class 65, together with elegant Absolute 52 Fly. Among compact motor yachts resounding interest was for first seagoing "crossover", Cranchi T36, with unusual design and characteristics which positioned the boat between trawler and classic flybridge yacht. Advantages are outstanding spaciousness and comfort on deck and three well-appointed cabins under deck. Its main competitor was Galeon 380 Fly, lovely and inexpensive boat built by propulsive Polish boatyard.
Amongst the speedboats special attention was on two Finnish XO models of 8 and 9,5 meters, built of aluminium and with exceptionally attractive appearance, painted in black. More traditional shapes and white coloured hulls of beautiful large day cruisers Invictus 240CX, Sea Ray 230 Sunsport and Windy 27 Solano set them right after XO's by popularity on the show.