Croatian exhibitors at the Venice Boat Show
We spoke with two Croatian exhibitors at the Venice Boat Show to get their opinion on the show as well as their outlook for the near future. Our first exhibitor was easy to find as they had the third largest exhibit of luxury motor yachts at the show after the Ferretti and Azimut groups. Adriatic Wave, based in Rovinj is the largest dealer of Absolute Yachts covering 12 nations and selling about 20% of Absolute production. They had four models on display, the 47 Fly, the Navetta 52 and Navetta 58, as well as the impressive Navetta 73. The owner Mario Cakar expressed optimism for the future of the Venice Boat Show, particularly in the luxury segment, ant touched on the Biograd Boat Show.
“We have plans to increase the exhibition range at this year's Biograd Boat Show, which takes place in October”, said Cakar explaining that their new emphasis on Absolute events, where they invite owners and potential clients to luxury events that promote the brand and create a sense of community among Absolute owners. They recently completed an event in Rovinj and plan another in Šibenik beginning on June 26th.
We also spoke to Damir Opsenica of Split, who was representing the Terra Nauta shipyard which presented the Terra Nauta 30 motor yacht. His first comment was that he was disappointed that he had not seen any Croatian visitors, but quickly changed his tone when it came to the reaction of the Italian public to the Terra Nauta 30.
„The Italian public were immediately impressed by the design. The next most common comment was on the build quality, as it stands out compared to the mass produced models that dominate in this market segment“, said Opsenica and then added.
„Most of the serious and knowledgeable visitors could understand that the design of the vessel was based on the classic "Guc", but they could barely believe that such a design was capable of a top speed of 46 knots.“
Both of the companies that we spoke to were optimistic regarding the near future for boating, citing pent up demand, and greater confidence in potential clients.