Barcelona gets ready for biggest ever boat show

World debuts of Rodman Muse 74 and 44

Potential buyers looking for a calm and unhurried experience could do worse than try the Barcelona Boat Show, which runs from 3-11 November.

The show is inconveniently split between an exhibition centre on the outskirts of the city and Port Vell marina, in the heart of the city, but shuttle busses run between the two.

The waterside location is also well placed for other members of the family more interested in nearby Las Ramblas and an upmarket shopping arcade on the walkway in the middle of the harbour.

The atmosphere is relaxed as the Med winds down at the end of the season, so there is plenty of room and time to tour 2007’s new launches.

This year the show has more exhibitors and boats than ever before, with the world debuts of the Rodman Muse 74 and 44 the biggest news.

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Brunswick are also launching a new budget line called Passport Boats.

The big manufacturers are all represented and there is always a strong British presence.

This year show is catering for the ever-expanding market with an array of superyachts, too.

Overall there will be 686 companies and 2,100 boats.

Tickets cost ?13 and entrance is free to children under 10.

There is a shuttle boat service between the two docks, as well as one connecting Gran Via with Port Vell and the airport.