Design & innovation at the 2020 Genoa Boat Show

It is considered the most representative event of a sector that represents the excellence of Made in Italy, with more than 200,000 square meters entirely outdoors, between land and water and 5 different exhibition areas: TechTrade area, the section dedicated to components and accessories, Sailing World, the area of sailing, Boat Discovery for outboard motors, Yacht and Superyacht and Living the Sea area. This edition was very special, not only is it the first physical event of this sector in the post-pandemic period, but also because the Boat Show celebrated its 60th birthday. The event – organized by Confindustria Nautica, the trade association belonging to Confindustria that has had the institutional representation of the entire marine industry since 1967 – hosted some of the most important names of the nautical world: for motorboats, there were Amer Yachts, Arcadia, AzimutBenetti, Ferretti Group with the FSD – Ferretti Security Division, FIPA Group, Pardo, Princess, Sanlorenzo, Sunseeker, VanDutch; for sailing, Beneteau, Dufour, Hanse, Jeanneau, Nautor’s Swan, Mylius Yachts, Solaris e Vismara. A new area will be dedicated to Superboat.


They presented a lot of novelties, focused on innovation technology, design and sustainability. Azimut Yachts presented one of its most desired yachts: Magellano 25 Metri, a project born from the collaboration with the world-renowned artist and architect Vincenzo De Cotiis, who designed the interiors of the boat, perfectly in line with his unmistakable style. One of its features is the use of carbon and of the latest technologies, such as the air sanitization system based on a NASA patent and the Hotel Mode functionality that guarantees long-lasting stops with zero emissions. The collaboration with Vincenzo De Cotiis was born from a common bond with fiberglass: essential construction material for Azimut Yachts and one of the artist’s favourite materials. In this yacht, the fiberglass has a completely new life, becoming a design element. 

Another Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture’s interior design project for the new Oasis 40 M model. The Oasis 40M superyacht is the new flagship of the Boat Show and the most photographed boat, thanks to its incredible beach area situated at its stern, which becomes an elegant lounge with infinity pool. The yacht has 4 decks with 5 cabins for 10 guests and 4 cabins for 7 crew members.   

Moreover, the convertible boats of Evo Yachts could not miss. Evo Yachts presented its new project: Evo R6 Open. 18 meters long, this model has wide areas, suitable to enjoy the sea view. Compared to the classic version, this new Open model has a steel roll-bar, with a suspended wing that connects two uprights: the result is a sportier boat that communicates an idea of lightness. Its most important feature is the beach lounge area, with its ‘XTension’ side banks that increase the available space by 40 percent, allow you to create new life scenarios and realize a space that can host a 2.85 meter long tender.

There were also some important debuts such as Antonini Navi, which was born from a shipyard that, at the beginning, produced oil platforms and soon specialized in carpentry and aluminium manufacturing. Finally, 10 years ago, the new Antonini family’s generation set up the real company. This fact also led to the transformation of the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia – one of the largest with a sea view in the area – to start the production of customizable superyachts. During this event, they presented the scale models of UP40 Crossover and U4P0 Explorer, two concept that will be realized thanks to a modular steel platform that allows us to choose the type of yacht during the construction process. Both concepts are characterized by a harmonious and innovative design, designed by Fulvio De Simoni, award-winning architect who plays a leading role in his team. “The boat show, which hosts the most important players in the nautical sector, represents for us the perfect location to illustrate our project. Starting from a great team, with an important background of technical and business knowledge, and from the strategic position of the Gulf of La Spezia, our shipyard aims to conquer this sector thanks to an offer based on reliability, experience and competence. Thanks to metals flexibility, a 100% customizable material, we start from a blank sheet and thanks to our technicians and interior designers we can fulfil all shipowners’ desires” said Aldo Manna, Partner and Sales Director of Antonini Navi.



Even Amer Yachts pays attention to sustainability: last year, they began their journey in order to reduce the use of fiberglass by introducing a mixture with a sustainable and recyclable fiber, Filava, and implementing a new material in the onboard components of Amer 120. Covid-19 has slowed down the certification tests, still in progress in ENEA in collaboration of RINA, to insert FILAVA in the standard construction specifications of the composite, but this lockdown hasn’t stopped Amer Yachts; they are continuing the experimentation with some historical printers, by creating a stern section of the hull project, designed by Massimo Verme, that will be entirely realized in Filava. It will take part in the Solar and Energy Challenge of Yacht Club of Monaco in 2021. Thanks to the collaboration with SEALENCE, this new Amer Yacht’s proposal will be also enriched with DeepSpeed electric jets, presented at the 2019 Genoa Boat Show; they represent one of the most advanced devices on the market, capable of achieving a very high level of energy efficiency, unthinkable until now.

Another green innovation is h2boat, the first hydrogen powered boat, that has called public attention, as the marine world has a great impact on the environment. Thanks to an Italian patent, developed by the University of Genoa, they have created a system that is able to accumulate energy for on-board services and propulsion via a hydrogen powered system. It’s a very ambitious project, still in development, that could make the entire sector less polluting.

Thanks to @gonuts_communication @salonenauticogenova

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