Promising economic signs are visible also in the Finnish boat industry, although a period of exceptionally cold weather in April and May affected the boat sales that are sensitive to weather conditions and economic cycles. The current backlog of orders anticipates moderate growth for the industry; however, some manufacturers are already experiencing a labour shortage.

“Especially sales of small boats were slowed down by the chilly spring months, but the situation was largely improved in June and July. As the outlook for the economy is positive and the weather is warmer, domestic boat sales are expected to be in an exceptionally good shape even in August,” estimates Jarkko Pajusalo, Managing Director of the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat.

The positive signs can be seen also at the Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show starting on 17 August. The show brings over 150 exhibitors to the piers and shores, with more than 250 boats on display. The exhibition area offering boat equipment, boating gear and related services has been made over completely.

“The Boat-Afloat Show measures the boat industry’s late-season performance. The fact that the piers are fully booked again is a positive indication,” Pajusalo points out.

The importance of exports to the Finnish boat industry remains as great as ever. Sweden has reinforced its position as Finland’s top export destination: Compared to the same period last year, the value of trade increased in January to May by 21 per cent reaching 45.7 million euros, as 3,700 boats were shipped to Finland’s western neighbour.

In Finland, the boat industry is a significant employer: The companies in the field directly employ 3,500 people, while the total employment effect lies between 4,000 and 6,000 people. Unlike in the other Nordic countries, boat building is going strong in Finland. In the previous year, as much as 73 per cent of Finnish production was exported elsewhere.

Domestic market

Domestic boat registrations remained more or less at the previous year’s level. During the first seven months of 2017, altogether 3,013 boats were registered, a decline of two per cent from last year. The most important change was the rapid growth in personal watercraft (PWC) sales: 620 watercrafts were registered, that is, nearly seven per cent more than in the previous year.

The majority of the registered boats, 76 per cent, were standard motor boats. In addition, 58 inflatable boats (+65.7%) and five hovercraft were registered.

As predicted early in the year, sales of large sailing boats have been slow. While in the first months of 2016 a total of 22 sailing boats were registered, this summer there were only five such registrations.

The registration statistics feature sailing boats or motor boats at least 5.5 metres long or with engine ratings of at least 15 kilowatts:

1-7/2017 1-7/2016 Change
01 Motor boat 2,295 2,402 -4.5%
02 Sailing boat 5 22 -77.3%
03 Inflatable/RIB 58 35 65.7%
04 Hydrocopter 3
05 Personal watercraft 620 581 6.7%
06 Motorsailer 1 -100.0%
07 Hovercraft 5
08 Other 26 33 -21.2%
Total 3,012 3,074 -2.0%

Boat exports

Finnish boat exports in January-May amounted to 106.6 million euros. The most significant export destinations continue to be Sweden and Norway, accounting for over 70 per cent of Finland’s boat exports. In the early part of the year, Finnish boat exports increased to the USA, Russia, Germany and Sweden, while they decreased to Norway, the UK and France.

On the whole, the value of Finnish boat exports fell slightly below the corresponding period of last year. This was basically due to the fact that in the first half of 2016, two boats were exported to Malta at the aggregate value of over 30 million euros.

“No individual deliveries of that magnitude were made in early 2017, while there was strong growth in the exports to the USA and Russia, as a result of which these two countries made a comeback into the Top 5 of Finnish boat export markets,” Jarkko Pajusalo says.

The five biggest boat export destinations in January-May were:

EUR million Change 2017 2016
1. Sweden 45.7 +21% 3,700 3,141
2. Norway 32.8 -10% 2,513 2,838
3. Germany 4.2 +23% 173 120
4. USA 2.9 +1,591% 4 1
5. Russia 2.7 +39% 132 39


During this period, other countries or where Finnish boat exports reached a total value of over one million euros were the British Virgin Islands, the UK, France, Switzerland, Greenland, Japan, the United States Virgin Islands and Italy.

Imports of boats and personal watercraft

The most significant import sources of sailing boats and motor boats were the United States, Poland and Sweden. When considering the imports from 11 countries traditionally prominent in the boat industry, the import volumes increased by almost 100 boats to a total of 522 boats, but given the decrease in the average boat size, the total value of the imports fell by 22 per cent to approximately eight million euros.

The international PWC markets are experiencing strong growth, which is manifest in Finland as increasing volumes in both imports and exports. PWC are imported into Finland mainly from Mexico and Japan and re-exported from Finland to other EU countries. The total value of boat imports including PWC rose by 22 per cent to 35.9 million euros.

Value of boat imports in January-May 2017, PWC included:

Boats EUR million
1 Mexico 3,132 22.2
2 Japan 369 3.5
3 Poland 141 4.0
4 USA 171 1.8
5 Sweden 61 1.6


Outboard engines

At this stage, import statistics concerning outboard engines are only available on wholesale deliveries in January-June. The total number of outboard engines delivered through Finnish importers was 16,880, which is at the same level as in the corresponding period of last year. Of these outboard engines, 8,472 (+3.5%) were delivered to Finland and 8,408 (-3.2%) were re-exported.

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Dehler is one of the most traditional sailing yacht brands and has always been associated with the Dehler family. After Willi Dehler founded the shipyard, he soon integrated his son Karl Dehler “Kalle” into the company’s processes and strongly involved him in the development of the legendary regatta yacht “Dehler 34”. Now it is Kalle, who supports his son Thomas Dehler in offshore regattas. With obvious success. Thomas Dehler has proven his skills and scored 4th at the Warnemünder Woche as the youngest skipper with the Dehler 38c “Sporthotel” from his father. At his first European Championship in Danzig, Thomas Dehler showed endurance and made the 8th place, with difficult light wind conditions and the smallest yacht in the field.
The parents have the right to be proud of Thomas and his sister Rebecca Dehler. She recently took the challenge of sailing the famous single handed regatta “Silverrudder” around Funen with a Varianta 18.
We congratulate Thomas Dehler on his success and wish him maximum results for the upcoming regattas. We are sure this was only just the beginning.

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show has reinvented itself into a summer event for the entire family, featuring more activities and experiences than ever before along with the boats and related equipment.

The inaugural Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show took place on the Sirpalesaari island in September 1978. The Finnish Fair Corporation and the Finnish Yacht Club co-operated in the arrangements,commissioned by the Finnish Boat and Motor Association, known today as Finnboat.The inaugural edition of the show featured 50 exhibitors and 68 boats.

In 1980, the NJK yacht club’s home harbour on Valkosaari was adopted as the new venue. Since 1998, the Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show has taken place in its current surroundings, at the HSK yacht club’s marina in Lauttasaari.

In the course of its 40 years of existence, the Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show has established itself as the largest floating boat show in Finland and also one with international clout, bringing over 150 exhibitors to the piers and shores.

New boats for the 2018 season exhibited in their own element

Exhibited in the show are more than 250 boats, including a number of first introductions of 2018 models plus almost every new model for the 2017 season.

The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show gives you a very special opportunity to get familiar with sailing boats in their own element, ready to set sailwith the masts, sails and ropes in place.Among the boats exhibited for the first time in Finland are the Hanse 315, a yacht for the family, the X43 luxury sailing boat by the Danish company X-Yachts and the sporty Dragonfly trimarans. Continue reading

Hartman Yachts enters the superyacht world

Hartman Marine Group, a long-time leader in shipbuilding and maritime transport, has launched its new pleasure craft division. Based in Holland’s nautical heartland of Urk, Hartman Yachts produces superyachts in two distinctive ranges that represent excellent value and substantial time savings. The yard will also build custom yachts for discerning customers throughout the world.

Hartman Marine Group was founded in 2003, but can trace its roots back to 1775. The company is currently run and managed by Johan Hartman, a seventh-generation skipper-owner. Hartman Yachts will follow in the purest tradition of fine Dutch yachtbuilding, with a no-nonsense focus on quality and workmanship. “We know the ins and outs of the nautical trade as no other,” says Hartman. “Values and standards that have stood the test of time are at the core of our company and underpin all our activities.” Continue reading


-Canados three new models: 428 Gladiator, 808 Maximus and 888 Evo ready for launching

-Official debuts at next Cannes Yachting Festival (September 12-17, 2017)

-Gladiator 428 – the smallest boat produced by Canados in the past 30 years, will be the star of a 2017 Mediterranean Road Show before the official Fall Boat Shows debut

-Canados 808 Maximus will be available in four or five-cabin versions and will be powered with twin V12 MAN – 1,900 hp allowing the Maximus a  30 knots top speed

-Canados 888 Evo – a direct evolution of the world acclaimed Canados 86’ which 46 have been delivered. Four cabins, gigantic aft deck, fly bridge, main saloon and side windows will make it a classic for the years to come

Canados confirms an exciting triple world debut at the upcoming 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival (12th – 17th of September): 428 Gladiator, 808 Maximus and 888 Evo on display. Continue reading