Views from sector professionals and enthusiasts

Quico Taronjí

Journalist and yacht skipper. Captain Q on TVE

"Though I don't actually work in the sector, I'm a regular visitor to the Barcelona Boat Show and while...

"Though I don't actually work in the sector, I'm a regular visitor to the Barcelona Boat Show and while, as a journalist and sailor, I'm interested in new products, getting updated, shopping and meeting people, there's one reason that prevails over any other for visiting the show: it's the thrill it arouses in me when I'm walking among the boats, imagining new projects, new voyages; let's just say that there's nowhere else where the passion that the sea has aroused in me since I was a kid is more tangible."

Dr. Eduard Estivill

European specialist in sleep medice; Director of teh Estivill Sleep Clinic | Quiron-Dexeus Univerisity Institute

"As a good citizen of Barcelona, a maritime city if ever there was one, and a huge fan of the sea off the Costa Brava...

"As a good citizen of Barcelona, a maritime city if ever there was one, and a huge fan of the sea off the Costa Brava, I really enjoy the Boat Show. I've spent every summer for many years sailing my little boat around the coves running from Tossa up to Cap de Creus. My whole family, especially the grandchildren, are veteran sailors, taught by our grandparents, and I thoroughly recommend a visit to the show. Apart from the amazing new boats, the event also instils the values of the sea, especially how to respect it and look after it. Maybe we'll see you there and I'll give you a ‘good sleep' hug!"

Pedro Ripol Sampol

First rower and team captain | Atlantic Rowing Team 2001

"As the first Spaniard – and Spanish speaker – to cross the ocean in a rowboat (Tenerife-Barbados)...

"As the first Spaniard – and Spanish speaker – to cross the ocean in a rowboat (Tenerife-Barbados) with my companion Pancho Korff, I was convinced that presenting my book on the journey, ‘I knew it would be easier by plane…' at the Barcelona Boat Show would be another milestone on my adventure… and it was!! Thousands of people, both personally and/or through the media, received the news. As a Catalan, it gives me great pride to be able to enjoy all of the world's latest nautical products here in my city. We've got the whole world of sailing within our grasp."

María Herrero

Sales and Marketing manager | Rodman

"Each year, Rodman, a leading shipyard in Spain, active in the naval industry for over 40 years...

"Each year, Rodman, a leading shipyard in Spain, active in the naval industry for over 40 years, attends the world's most important boat shows to present all the latest it has to offer. The Barcelona Boat Show is, without a doubt, the sailing event of reference in Spain and one of the most important in Europe, which is why it is the perfect place to showcase the brand's new models and most important novelties."

Paco Martín

General Manager of Elyman

'Barcelona's greatest asset in terms of sailing is its magic. How it magically becomes a meeting point for all lovers...

'Barcelona's greatest asset in terms of sailing is its magic. How it magically becomes a meeting point for all lovers of the sea in our country, regardless of belief or creed. Just the sea¿nothing more, nothing less. This real, tangible nexus has provided our company with exponential benefits; it has been able to grow and develop thanks, in a large part, to the Barcelona Boat Show. We are grateful and it goes without saying that we hope it continues!'

José María Sánchez Hidalgo

Manager of Disvent Ingenieros

'For our company, participating in the Barcelona Boat Show is important because it is the main meeting point...

'For our company, participating in the Barcelona Boat Show is important because it is the main meeting point for our customers, suppliers and partners. The environment in which the boating industry, and any industry for that matter, evolves is very dynamic, and as companies, if we want to maintain our position as leaders of our activity, we need to be able to detect any change in trend before it happens, which is only possible if we are in direct contact with the living forces that shape the market in which we operate day after day. The Barcelona Boat Show represents a unique opportunity for us.'

Luís Mas Borell

Manager of Motyvel Náutica

"It's important for our company to take part simply because it's the biggest nautical event in Spain...

"It's important for our company to take part simply because it's the biggest nautical event in Spain. At a difficult and worrying time, we have been at the forefront of fighting to get our companies and the sector in general moving forward. And you do this, amongst other things, by taking part in the show and trying to incentivize everyone who is interested in buying a boat as much as possible, offering them the best possible conditions. We might also add that this is the best time of the year to get the most favourable buying and financing conditions."

Panxo Pi-Suñer

Editor of the magazine Surf a Vela

"Taking part in this show should be mandatory for every company in the sector...

"Taking part in this show should be mandatory for every company in the sector, as it is THE meeting point for the nautical world. The huge range on show at every level, from the simplest piece of fishing gear through to the most sophisticated yacht, helps to strengthen the image of this industry, which has a knock-on effect. I wouldn't say that not attending the show means you're not part of the sector, but it's not far off."

Fernando Trepat

Manager of Garmin Iberia

"Another boat show, bringing us up to 30 editions now, and Garmin is still as committed as ever to the Barcelona Boat Show...

"Another boat show, bringing us up to 30 editions now, and Garmin is still as committed as ever to the Barcelona Boat Show for presenting its new products and offering a personalized service to its customers and sailing enthusiasts. Although the current crisis and the difficulties that the sector is experiencing have forced the show to reinvent itself with a new model, we are confident that it will be a huge success and will continue to be the essential event for sailing enthusiasts."

German de Soler

Editor-in-chief of Náutica y Yates M@gazine

"The show is the biggest and best showcase for new products and models in the recreational sailing sector in Spain...

"The show is the biggest and best showcase for new products and models in the recreational sailing sector in Spain. This year, with the boats being exhibited in the Port Vell harbour, offers a unique opportunity to see them in their natural element and share views with experts, and thanks to the proximity of the harbour mouth you can actually try them out. It's also the ideal setting for examining and buying equipment, whether on-board or land-based, where all the electronic equipment and sailing gear will be on display."

Luís Bosch

Editor of N&Y M@gazine

"A visit to the show is a must for fans of recreational sailing. On the one hand, you can enjoy the biggest display...

A visit to the show is a must for fans of recreational sailing. On the one hand, you can enjoy the biggest display of boats you'll see anywhere, and at the same time get first-hand information from boat-builders and importers. On the other, the fact that the boats are actually in the water is the best way of checking out their exact size and features in situ. In terms of equipment and accessories, the show brings sailing enthusiasts up-to-date and gives them a first-hand look at the new products that will be in the stores in a matter of months or even weeks later. It's an absolute must."

Miguel Nogueira

Sales Manager of Furuno España, S.A.

"The Barcelona International Boat Show, as the benchmark event for sailing in Spain...

"The Barcelona International Boat Show, as the benchmark event for sailing in Spain, allows companies such as Furuno España to make direct contact with the end users of the equipment we sell. Over all these years, our presence at the different editions of the show has enabled us to consolidate direct relations with many of our customers, showcase our new products and address their demands."

Carlos Roig

President of Sunseeker Spain

"It's very important for the Sunseeker Spain team to take part in the Barcelona Boat Show...

"It's very important for the Sunseeker Spain team to take part in the Barcelona Boat Show. Spain has strong bonds with the sea and the Barcelona Boat Show has always been a point of reference and a gauge for the Spanish nautical sector. We believe it is essential to attend the event and promote the nautical sector at every level, working to dispel the myth that sailing is only accessible to the rich."

Joan Anton Camuñas Feijoo

President of CRS Sport & Culture

"The show offers the most comprehensive and personalized overview of the nautical sector possible...

"The show offers the most comprehensive and personalized overview of the nautical sector possible. It lets me gauge the market and its evolution in person, in terms of both supply and demand. The show gives you a chance to make direct, personal contact with your clients and suppliers which is much slower and more costly by other means. It's also a fantastic opportunity to meet up with the public institutions and administrations involved in our sector. It's an absolute must!"

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