The largest in water boat exhibition in Finland is Uiva Flytende. This year it was arranged in Helsinki Finland from August 16th through 19th. We took our recently built AluVenture 11000 CCFC Premium Edition to the capitol of Finland, to see what kind of reaction our brand and boats would get in Finland, as this was our first time ever in Finland. The finnish aluminum boat market is known for being many times larger than Norway’s, and that became clear when we arrived at the dock with our boat. Here there where pure aluminium boats (like our) and hybrids (aluminium hull but GRP for the rest) everywhere! I would estimate one thirds of all boats there had aluminum hulls. All the large and well known producers were here with multiple models (XO had 5 boats and Buster had two Phantom versions together with 3-4 of their smaller models).
The following aluminum brands with boats over 6 meter where in addition to us present: XO, Buster, Arronet, Anytec, AMT, Nordkapp Ranger, Rival, Silver, UMS, ALUCAT, Falcon, Masterpro, Yanmarin Cross, Husky, Viggo, Watermate and Faster. That is crazy many aluminium boats!! I was curious about this and asked some finnish exhibition visitors why it was like this and their answer was “Because Finland has 50% of all the rocks in Europe!” LOL!
The good news is that even will all this competition, AluVenture stood out from the crowd and drew a lot of attention. We left Finland with additional knowledge and a list of possible customers. See below some pictures from the exhibition.