Do not miss: Palma's Superyacht Show 2019
Arne Ploch is the President of the Balearic Yacht Brokers Association and co-founder of the Palma Superyacht Show, which will take place for the 7th time this year (27.4.-1.5.2019). He talks about the news of the show and Mallorca as a yachting location in Europe.
Mr Ploch, what's new at the boat show in 2019?
Arne Ploch: Traditionally, there are more sailing yachts on display than motor yachts, making it the largest fair worldwide for used yachts over 24 meters in length. In 2019, we were able to inspire more owners of motor yachts for the trade fair, so that sailing and motor yachts will balance each other for the first time. Bigger this year is also the superyacht tender range, with over 10 trendy tenders.
How many superyachts are to be seen and which stand out?
Arne Ploch: We expect 70-75 yachts over 24 meters in length, which are either for sale or charter. The largest yacht will be just under 60 meters in length. Spectacular are also the two 40 meter Yachts J Class Svea and Rainbow. Original Rainbow was built for Vanderbilt in the United States in 1934 to win the America's Cup, which she never did. The current Rainbow was rebuilt in 2012 according to original plans.
What distinguishes Mallorca and especially Palma as a yachting location in Europe?
Arne Ploch: Palma is one of the most important yacht centres in the Mediterranean and has worldwide importance - large yachts are either in the south of France, in Florida or just in Palma at home. In addition to the fantastic sailing area of ??the Balearic Islands, Palma is especially characterized as a service centre for large yachts. The shipyard area in Palma is huge and you will find all suppliers and customer services. Mallorca is often the stop between the winter season in the Caribbean and the summer in the Mediterranean to revamp the yachts. Also at the fair you will find a special area for this sector, the "Refit & Repair Area".
What is the job of the Balearic Yacht Brokers Association?
Arne Ploch: We represent the island's five major yacht brokers with local offices. Seven years ago, we joined forces so that Palma would get its own fair for yachts from 24 metres. We would like to introduce a new target group to the world of sport boats in a relaxed atmosphere, our slogan for the fair is "Visit Palma, discover yachting, enjoy live!"