Marina da Gloria hosting Rio Boat Show 2014

After two years at Pier Mauá, Rio Boat Show is currently being hosted by Marina ...

Marina da Gloria hosting Rio Boat Show 2014

April 14, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

After two years at Pier Mauá, Rio Boat Show is currently being hosted by Marina da Gloria, right at the feet of the Christ and the Sugarloaf. This year’s 17th edition of the largest boat show in Latin America will last until April 15. The waters of Guanabara Bay are full of local and imported boats, with about 100 exhibitors presenting new products, boats and a full range of other products related to the nautical universe, comprising shipyards and companies specialized in engines and equipment.

Rio Boat Show 2014 - Image credit to Humberto Teski

Rio Boat Show 2014 - Image credit to Humberto Teski

In the 2014 edition, the visitor expectation is over 43 thousand people. Organizers hope to trade approximately R$ 200 million.

With an infrastructure of 30,000 m² and a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay, the event has over 60 boats on the water, in addition to 120 other vessels scattered throughout the exhibition area.

“The return of the event to Marina da Gloria was expected by the market and is due to works in the port area and mainly because of lower ripple influence”, said Marcio Dottori, Rio Boat Show’s technical director.

Last year the nautical sector earned over US$700 million in sales in the country. According to the organizers, Brazil now has one boat for every 268 people and 7.4 jobs are created for each boat produced. Rio Boat Show is sponsored by Volkswagen and is supported by the Brazilian Association of Vessel Builders and its Implements (Acobar). Assim Saúde is the health assistance company.

Official opening of the 2014 Rio Boat Show - Image credit to Humberto Teski

Official opening of the 2014 Rio Boat Show - Image credit to Humberto Teski


A R$33 million Italian super yacht is the largest and most luxurious vessel at Rio Boat Show 2014. There are only four other boats like this worldwide. Benetti Delfino 93 is manufactured by Benetti shipyard and is being displayed in Brazil for the first time. The style and elegance of the 93 feet vessel and 28.5m motor yacht “Zaphira” is easily recognized by its striking blue hull and its nameplate, created by the owner himself, a Brazilian businessman.

Benetti Delfino 93 motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

Benetti Delfino 93 motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

The Schaefer 800 yacht, the Azimut 70 speed boat, the GT 35 Beneteau and the German sailboat Bavaria Cruiser 41 are the other highlights of this years’ boat show. Azimut Yachts, the Italian shipyard, presents the latest nautical novelty produced in Brazilian soil: the Azimut 70 (example is charter yacht Samanta). The sophisticated 22 meter vessel will sail through Brazilian waters for the first time. Its new features, a 30m² flybridge area, the largest in the category, and over 15m² in windows ensure lots of natural lighting.

The French Beneteau developed the GT 35 in Brazil, a cabin speed boat with a sunroof and a gourmet area in the stern, especially for the Brazilian audience, who loves sailing on sunny days. Bavaria Cruiser 41, the oceanic sailboat is the other new release of this edition and its highlight is the wide natural lighting in the cabin and the sharp finishings.

Schaefer 800 was a great success in last year’s boat show. The 80-foot yacht is Santa Catarina’s largest by Schaefer Yatchs, and it is now back with a full flybridge. It is one of the largest and most luxurious yatchs on display at the event.

Schaefer 800 Yacht

Schaefer 800 Yacht

Besides boats, Rio boat show is also displaying news releases when it comes to Jet skis, inflatables, engines and equipment. The Canadian Sea Doo features Spark, the revolutionary jet ski that combines low cost and high technology. The economic electric outboard motor called Deep Blue 40 from the German Torqeedo stands out among the engines. With power equivalent to a 40 hp combustion engine it requires only one bank of high-capacity batteries and its reload in order to operate.

Big international shipyards such as Princess and Sunseeker also display the 2014 news along with major national manufacturers such as Triton, Ventura, Solara, Phoenix, Cimitarra and Real. Foreign shipyards with factories in Brazil, such as the Bayliner, Sea Ray and Sessa Marine also display their boats built in Santa Catarina. The presence of Pier 22 and its miniature replicas of the most beautiful vessels, as well as Kaneca SUP Boards, Safe Wave, NavisWakeboard, Bordado a Bordo and many more is confirmed in the Nautical Shopping Area.


Rio Boat Show’s activities are family oriented and include an exclusive area just for children, with full time monitors and many games. Traditional lectures are also being performed by experts and experienced sailors. The Gourmet area provides visitors with restaurants and bars.

Lectures Schedule:

04/09 – Wednesday – EVERYTHING ABOUT BOATS
7pm – 8pm: Tips to buy the right boat – Marcio Dottori (Boat Show)

7pm: Outboard engine maintenance – Marcelo Franco (Yamaha Motors)
7:30pm: How to get the most out of your gasoline center-tail engine – Ricardo Pessoa (Mercury Marine)
8pm: What to do if your engine stops – Ricardo Aragão (BRP)
8:30 – 9pm: Basic diesel engine care – Luis Felipe Mello (Volvo Penta)

04/11 – Friday – MAKE YOUR OWN BOAT
7 – 9pm: How to build your own boat – Jorge Nasseh (Barracuda)

04/12 – Saturday – SAIL SATURDAY
6pm: Sailing to Africa as a couple – Philippe and Frédérique (Kilimandjaro Sailboat)
7pm: It is forbidden to live in a boat – Zé Paulo (writer)
8pm: To Antarctica in a sailboat – Aleixo Belov (Fraternidade Sailboat)
9 – 10pm: A woman, a sailboat and 4 oceans – Izabel Pimentel (Don Sailboat)

7pm: Underwater fishing risks – Diego Santiago (4 times underwater fishing champion)
8:30 – 10pm: UNDERWATER PHOTOS: difficulties and techniques – Ary Amarante (photographer)

8pm: Whales and abysses of the Turks and Caicos Islands – Alcides Falanghe and Tatiana Zanardi


17th Rio Boat Show
Date: April 09th to the 15th 2014
Time: 04/09 (opening) – from 3pm to 10pm / all other weekdays – from 2pm to 10pm / Saturday and Sunday – from noon to 10pm.
Place: Marina da Glória
Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique, s/n – Glória – Rio de Janeiro
Prices: R$ 40,00
Children up to 1m tall: free
Over that size: full price R$ 40,00
Special needs: R$ 1,00
65 +: R$ 20,00
Students: R$ 40,00

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