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November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

The Online Boating and Maritime Exhibition

Time to Go to Amsterdam!

The annual METSTRADE show is back and will take place as usual in the Dutch capital from November 13-15. We’ve selected a couple of trends and innovations that could interest you ahead of what is known as the “world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems.”


Read about the impact of Donald Trump’s tariffs on recreational boat manufacturers and the continuous rise of Dutch yards’ share of the superyacht global market. Also check out our story about French company SEAir’s plan to make foiling accessible to everyone. And don’t miss our selection of innovative products that will be exhibited at METS.


Happy reading!

Hot Topics
The Trump Administration’s global trade war is hitting the recreational boating industry on multiple angles.
Trump Tariffs rebound on America's recreational boat manufacturers. (Credit: AP/Susan Walsh)


America’s recreational boat manufacturers are taking huge hits as a result of President Donald Trump’s trade war, with exports slashed and both expansion projects and related new personnel hires canned.   Trump’s initial move in March imposed duties on imported metals, including industry-vital aluminum, which added...

Heesen Yachts yard. (Credit: Heesen Yachts)

She’s called Cosmos, weighs in at 1,700 gt, is being built by Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts, will make at least 29 knots, and has been sold even before her keel has been laid. She’s also another sign of the prominence of the Dutch superyacht industry.   Cosmos will be built in Heesen’s new 90-m-long ship construction...

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The SEAir Flying RIB (Credit: SEAir)

Foils are being fitted to racing yachts and even superyachts but have a longer heritage on motorboats, a fact that attracted French company SEAir to this category.   Elevating a vessel above the water to reduce drag is a basic principle of physics and something that has been used since the early 19th century. Since...

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Industry News
The scourge of ocean plastic pollution is an increasingly important topic at METS as well as at many other boat shows.
The RanMarine's plastic eating drone. (Credit: RanMarine Technology)

Drone technology has been predicted to change our lives in ways it’s hard to imagine today. Some good, some bad—some probably even very bad. But on the bright side, there are things like the WasteShark.   The scourge of ocean plastic pollution is an increasingly important topic at METS as well as at many other boat...

Deep blue sea water (Credit: iStock)


Manufactured by Japan-based Nippon Paint Marine, Aquaterras was developed using medical anti-thrombogenic polymers and is thought to be the first biocide-free, low friction, self-polishing copolymer (SPC) antifouling marine coating in the world.   As Nippon Paint Marine Europe director John Drew explained to NauticExpo...

New composite for propellers (Credit: FabHeli project)

Loiretech, Naval Group and Méca presented their new composite for propellers under the FabHeli project, an innovative French project they partnered together for in 2016. The carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) used as  new material for propellers are said to be stronger than the traditionally applied nickel...

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The DREAM YACHT shower (Credit: Inoxstyle)

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At METS InoxStyle is exhibiting its DREAM YACHT shower that won the Archiproducts Design Awards 2017. The product was also a nominee for the Excellent Product Design of the 2019 edition of the German Design Awards in the Gardening and Outdoor Living category. With a sleek and elegant design the shower features a...

The DW180 refrigerator and freezer (Credit: Vitrifrigo)


A product among the DAME Awards nominees is the DRW 180 A by Italian brand Vitrifrigo, celebrated for its expertise in designing and manufacturing refrigerators and freezers for hotels, yachts and special vehicles since 1978. The DRW 180 A is a two-drawer freezer-fridge combo, in which one can select the temperature...

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Boat Trials
Collision avoidance is probably the most used radar feature and Raymarine has taken this to the next level.
The Raymarine Quantum 2 CHIRP Radar (Credit: Raymarine)

Radar is an essential real-time view of your surroundings so enhancing it with easily readable color coding is a smart move from Raymarine and its new Quantum 2 CHIRP Radar.   Coastal boaters use radar for obstacle avoidance or target tracking (of other vessels) but the precision of the latest generation of radars from...

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