VeneBat We visited Scandinavia's largest boat show VeneBat in Helsinki © Kerstin Zillmer
VeneBat Helsinki Boat Show

Difficult times? Not really in the north

Scandinavia’s largest boat show Venebat shows that Finland’s boat builders are at the forefront – also in the economic look back on 2023.

5 minutes
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Boats at affordable prices

Another Uutuus (novelty): Silver Seahawk cabin © Stefan Gerhard

Pilothouse boats also in the compact class

Smaller boats like the AMT 165 dominate the Venebat © Stefan Gerhard
Terhi’s compact pilothouse cruiser © Stefan Gerhard

Germany in 4th place for exports

Sargo 45, one of the tall ships on the Venebat © Alexi Mäkinen

Sales higher than ever

Jarkko PajusaloFinnboat CEO Jarkko Pajusalo © Pepe MakkonenJarkko Pajusalo also talks about the situation in the boating industry in Finland itself. The company turnover of Finnboat members, which includes most boat builders, has been higher in the past three years than ever before. “That’s too rosy a picture when you look at the shipyards as a whole,” concedes Jarkko Pajusalo. Individual manufacturers, he says, are having hard times. This is because the figures apply to all companies taken together.

Obviously optimistic: Quarken © Kerstin Zillmer

Industry rather optimistic

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