Despite slump, Amsterdam show lures 40,000
AMSTERDAM – The annual HISWA Amsterdam boat show ended March 10 with the announcement it had attracted 40,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors _ about the same as 2012. “Despite the fact the yachting sector is going through troubled economic waters right now, we managed to run a strong show,” says Joost Ringeling, the show’s director. At the show, these awards were issued:
Sailboat of the Year: The Nacra 17: an “innovative” catamaran with a “curved centerboard that generates much lift,” according to the independent jury. It said the Nacra is very fast for “a relatively simply built and equipped boat.” It beat the J-70 and the Hallberg-Rassy 412 for the top award.
NACRA started in the USA in 1975. The name stands for “North American Catamaran Racing Association” in 1975. The concept was to sell 36-ft cats and create a circuit throughout the USA. That proved a flop. In 2006, ownership of the brand shifted to the Netherlands. New models appeared, with curved dagger boards. Today, Nacra has over 84 dealers worldwide. .
Motor boat of the Year: The aluminum Ned-70 beat the Bronson 36 Islander and the Long Island 40 Runabout. The jury verdict: “A unique vessel that easily meets the demands of an efficient and seaworthy ship. Its good sailing qualities and below-deck layout, means the ship feels a lot longer than the already sturdy 70-footer is” The NED-70′s most striking feature is the length / beam ratio of 4:1. The yacht is designed by Vripack Naval Architects. The hull has bilge keels and stabilizers that will eliminate rocking in waves. The bilge keels make it possible to let the NED 70 easily dry out in tidal areas.
The sleek NED-70 has 2 guest cabins aft. The owner’s cabin is situated in the front. The guest cabins are big, each with its own bathroom with a separated toilet and shower compartment.
Product of the Year: The light-weight, long-lasting Rebelcell lithium 12V200 battery. Rebelcell is a Dutch leader in lithium battery technology for marine and other purposes. Its batteries are lighter and smaller but more powerful than traditional batteries. The jury congratulated the company for increasing boaters’ access to lithium batteries.