The Other Boat Show: Croatian Boat Building Days


While the Croatia Boat Show may be the best-known boat show in Split, it is by no means the only one, and this month sees the return of Croatian Boat Building Days.
Croatian Boat Building Days are a traditional thematic event organised by and for the Croatian boat builders since, most of them cannot afford to exhibit on other similar expos because of the price and bad positioning (they always get stuck behind the big glossy yachts and can never get the attention they deserve). The event will take place in Marina Lav, Le Meridien Lav hotel, Podstrana (near Split) from April 24th until April 27th. Furthermore, most of these boats cannot be seen anywhere else, they only come to this expo and every year they race to finish their new models in time for this show.
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This year’s edition is under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and around 60 boats produced in small shipyards throughout Croatia ( Istria, Krk, Zadar, Sibenik, Zagreb, Slavonija, Split-Dalmatia County) are expected to attend. Boats range from small vessels for fishing and recreation (3m to 8m), top of the line dinghies (all sizes) to fully equipped professional fishing boats, sail boats and 30m motor yachts built exclusively for luxury charter (such as Navilux, worth cca 3 mil EUR). So far there are 6 premieres confirmed (some never seen before some sea premieres). The organisers have also signed a partnership agreement with the Association for preservation of traditional shipbuilding, they will have their first general assembly during our event and they will bring 6 traditional Croatian ships including gajeta Supetar, leut Split, falkuša Vis, leut-trajta Korčula, pasara Hvar and gajeta Vrboska.

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The expo is quite unique because, as a buyer or interested party, you have the opportunity to talk to the person that actually built the boat, as well as take the boat out for a free test drive.

Along with boats on show will be nautical equipment (renowned global brands), fishing and diving gear as well as a whole range of equipment suitable for hotel or apartment owners (peddle boats, kayaks, canoes, beach gear…)

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Entrance is free (always was, always will be), and there will be plenty of lectures and entertaining events every day including our sea alka (jet-ski and canoe category), fishing competitions….

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