Boatica Cape Town

About the 20th edition of the Boat Show

Boatica Cape Town is Africa's largest boating exhibition set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mother City. The event features manufacturers and buyers of luxury boats, accessories and marine equipment, a once-in-a-life time VIP Boat Cruise, 120 exhibiting companies, over 12 live on-water activities and a luxury lifestyle exhibition for a premium shopping experience.

From sailing competitions, to SUP racing, dragon boat racing, kids' activities and a host of other activities, there is plenty to see and do for the whole family! 

Date: October 2022

Venue: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 

Tickets: To be announced

2019 Facts & Figures

The 19th edition of the Cape Town International Boat was held 18-20 October at the V&A waterfront. The Boat Show brought together 7402 visitors, 120 exhibiting companies, 60+ boats over the 3-days and once in a lifetime experience on the Ocean Princess.

On Saturday 20 October, Cape Town International Boat Show launched a rebrand of the show. The show in 2020 will now be called Boatica Cape Town. This exciting new name brings with it increased international exposure, added experiential elements and endless new exhibitor profiles ensuring the boating industry in Southern Africa is elevated to its true potential over the three show days.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and exhibitors who partnered with us to make the 2019 Cape Town International Boat Show a success.


2019 Boats on display

TITAN 225 • TITAN 300 • FUSION 19 • FUSION 21 • MASTERCRAFT X26 • WATERMARK PONTTON 6250 • SEACAT 565 • MONTERY M65 • EXPLORER 19CC • QUINTREX 350 • BOATING RUNABOUT 15 • VX1050 (waverunner) • EX1050 (waverunner) • FB1800 (waverunner) • Infanta RIB • Super Auto Ocean Runner and Bay runner • Carry Cat • Eclipse 680 • Fusion Boats • Sensation Boats • G Cat • Shelter Marine Classic • Royal Cape Catamaran • Lagoon 40 • Leopard 45 • Leopard 50 • Maverick 440 • Princess 60” • La Vie Fairline 53” • Lucia 40 Fountaine Pajot • Atlantis 425 SC • Jeanneu Sun Odyssey 440 • Dock Star • Riva

Interactive on water experiences

The 19th edition of the Cape Town International Boat Show featured even more live demonstrations, from flyboarding, foiling, SUP racing, canoe polo, VIP boat cruise, kids’ activities and a very energetic dragon boat race across the Marina.

Foiling Demonstration

Sixteen-year-old Nathan van Vuuren, who recently finished second in the 32-mile M20 world championship event, along with the Signature Surf foiling team wowed visitors with a demonstration of this extreme sport.

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SUP Experience and Race

Over 50 participants entered the SUP race on Sunday with the top three South African SUPpers in attendance. Guests were also treated to a free SUP experience by SUP Cape Town.

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The Great Optimist Race

The Great Optimist Race in conjunction with The Cape Town international boat show aimed at raising funds for sick and needy children across the Western Cape set off on a tricky three-lap course through the V & A Waterfront in front of thousands of spectators. Competitors ranged from celebrities to captains of industry, and medical survivors, all of whom raced for glory in little optimist boats. It was shark attack survivor, amputee and adaptive surfing champion, Caleb Swanepoel who took the glory.

VIP Experience on the Ocean Princess

96 guests joined us for the ultimate luxury experience on the 60-foot Ocean Princess for the first-time on the southern tip of the African continent for a 1.5hour round trip to Camps Bay.

About the organisers

Messe Frankfurt is the third largest trade fair company in the world with subsidiaries in over 28 countries. Messe Frankfurt organises 134 trade fairs globally with a cumulative total of 90,000 exhibitors and over 3.5 million visitors attending these events.

The company is well established in SA and is the proud organiser of the following events: South African Festival of Motoring, Automechanika Johannesburg and the Futuroad Expo. The company recently acquired the Photo & Video Experience, ATF and Source Africa.

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