Stunning rows of superyachts and plenty of fun and games with foils and sea scooters. Palma international Boat Show is back after a pandemic pause. 

 Urban Glinning from the glitzy diesel super tender Performance Ribs Mallorca discussed fuel with Martin Gustavsson from the all electric and sustainable Xshore. 

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 – Yours are the future – but our ribs are 22 knots faster, says Urban, with a laugh. 

It wasn’t really a pissing contest, but comments passed just for fun 😉

Urban Glinning showed us Performance Ribs Mallorca’s exhibiting super tender at Palma International Boat Show – it is 13,5 metres long, packs 1050 horsepower, an has a cabin, a toilet and a small kitchen. Absolutely ideal for assisting the large yachts, of course, but also for scouting out locations, doing rescue missions or just going for fast spins at 55 knots… 

 – It takes an hour to go to Ibiza using our super tenders, says Urban, and his colleague Fabri interjects how he was caught in a 40 – 50 knot storm in Ibiza last summer and had to wear snorkelling gear to be able to breathe while driving. 

During a normal high season just one of the three super tenders gets requested between 60 and 80 days.

100 percent electric

Moored right next to Performance Ribs Mallorca was Xshore’s 100 percent electric rib. Martin Gustavsson and his colleagues have sold 40 of them and are in Palma to find more parties that might be interested in selling the all electric boat too. 

 – We do 33 knots as our top speed and are better for the environment, says Martin. 

 – We carry a lot of weight with the batteries and engines, though, which is the only problem we have. The actual charging works the same way diesel fuel does. A meter tells you when you need to fill up, and you can plan this easily. 

 The two competitors Performance Ribs Mallorca and XShore are both interested in environmentally sound solutions and projects, and agreed that they love sustainable options and welcome lots more on the market. 

 Estate Mallorca Magazine is eager to join forces with Ocean Warriors, an environmentally sound initiative Urban and Fabri at Performance Ribs are running. We will organise beach cleans in Mallorca at the end of the season. Watch this space! 

 Ultra cool Awake were showing off their fun foil toy, and Osium had what they described as a scooter, but it looked more like a surfboard with a handlebar. Loads of laughs! 

Live radio broadcasting 

Over at Estela Yachting’s stand among the superyachts,  Melissa Martínez was drawing visitors with her captain’s hat and poses. Cati Moreno was playing live radio there for Who Electronic Radio, collaborating with Radio Italiana Mallorca, and she interviewed Estate Mallorca Magazine regarding our fab new online magazine about Mallorca, ofcourse. 

Yes, you should head over to see all the new global scale boats and nautical equipment. Exhibitors finally get to present their offer in person after several months of business done virtually. The fair includes the Palma Superyacht Show, the exhibition of large yachts with lengths over 24 meters, and a new designed Refit & Repair area, which is specifically aimed to nautical professionals.

To avoid crowds at the boat show, the number of people who are visiting the fair at the same time is limited. There are temperature controls at the entrance gates too. And the tickets – daily pass and professional pass –  can only be bought online at Palma International Boat Show website. 

Text: Charlotte von Proschwitz.
Photo: Thomas Engström.

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