The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show will be held during the period 18-21.8.2016 in the marina of Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) in the capital's suburb of Lauttasaari. Organised at HSK for the 19th time, the show is the nation's most important floating-boat show. Over 250 boats and yachts are exhibited and the land-based exhibition stands and equipment tents will display about 2200 square meters of marine-industry equipment and services.
In addition to boat and equipment displays, the Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show will feature many peripheral events.
Venemestari magazine organises daily a service school, in which you can learn how an outboard engine is serviced for winter and see what is the right way to clean an GRP or an aluminium boat hull.
Finnish Sailing and Boating Association will organise a boating school for children in which the children can learn to handle a small sailing dinghy or an inflatable boat. They also learn the traffic signs at sea, how to make seamens' knots etc.
The Gulf of Finland division of the Finnish Coast Guard will organise a rescue demonstration both on Saturday and Sunday at 13.00.
The previously very well received test drives will again be organised by Kippari magazine. During the show the public will have an opportunity to test drive some of the motorboats on display.
The show is open on Thursday and Friday (18-19.8) from 12.00 to 20.00 hours and on Saturday and Sunday (20-21.8) from 10.00 to 18.00 hours. Ticket sales will cease half an hour before the show closes. Entrance fees: adults EUR 15, children (7-15 years) EUR 5. Free admission for children under 7 when accompanied by their parents.
The Helsinki Boat-Afloat Show can easily be reached by public transport (City buses 21V and 21XB). On Saturday and Sunday there is free bus service available, departing at 30-minute intervals from the front of the Kiasma Museum of Modern Art in the centre of Helsinki between 9.30 and 17.00. Buses back to the city centre from Lauttasaari at 11.00-18.30. Arriving to the show by own boat is unfortunately not possible as all the boat berths are reserved for the boat show. There is a parking area to the south of the show area, payment only with cash. The parking area is run by sea scouts "Vikingarna".
Dogs are also welcome to the boat show, but they must be kept on lead at all times.
It is forbidden to take baby carriages to the exhibition jetties. There is a guarded parking place for carriages in the show area.
The show is organised by the Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat www.uiva.fi