Professional BoatBuilder Magazine Online

The China International Boat Show:
An Illustrated Report

Barbara Jean Walsh
Vic Duppenthaler chatting with colleagues in the Maxi Marine booth at the Shanghai International Boat Show earlier this month. 


Professional BoatBuilder contributor and ProBoat Radio host Barbara Jean Walsh is in China, where she attended the four-day China International Boat Show, in Shanghai, April 8–11. She captured these images from the show floor and recorded a ProBoat Radio interview with expat American boatbuilder Vic Duppenthaler of Zuhai-based Maxi Marine. Their discussion updates us on developments in China’s marine sector since Barbara’s last visit there, in 2006—Ed.

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Scenes from the Shanghai Show
Show organizers (as they are wont to do) say the event was a major success. It filled the 55-year-old Shanghai Exhibition Centre with more than 250 boats—exclusive of 126 scale models that vendors displayed throughout the building.

 According to show project manager Helena Gao, exhibitors reporting sales and orders included Ferretti, Azimut, Beneteau, Princess, Fairline, and Regal, among others. Gao also noted that the show has become increasingly international: attendees came from 67 countries to the 2010 edition.

The expanding Chinese domestic market was very visible this year—thanks not just to local builders, but also to the vibrant presence of sailing clubs, marinas, and waterfront developments. On the international “scene,” the Italian pavillion outshone the rest, with stylish décor matched only by extreme elegance in the superyacht area.

Outside the building, action was limited by intermittent rain, gray skies, and chilly temperatures. Despite those conditions, more than 30 crews took to the water for the show’s charity regatta.

Show organizers had previously announced that the 2011 event would take place at the site of the Shanghai World Expo, which opens on May 1. But there is now a possibility that the Expo will extend its closing date—thus forestalling the boat show’s change of venue. Either way, next year’s boat-show attendees will benefit from many improvements the city is putting in place to be more hospitable and welcoming to visitors.

—Barbara Jean Walsh