Mumbai: Moving beyond luxury yachts, speed boats and personal watercrafts, the Mumbai International Boat Show’s (MIBS) fifth edition for the first time displayed security boats. Designed on the specifications given by the Indian Navy, a light weight patrol boat worth Rs 1.5 crores was in limelight with defence personnels lined up to get a glance of the interceptor.
Built with fibreglass reinforced plastic, the boat may soon sail on the Indian waters dodging the enemies on the sea. “The Indian Navy had floated a tender with specifications for the interceptor cum patrol boat which would suit the rough Indian waters. This boat has been built on the same lines as per the Navy’s demands,” said Ramesh Prabhu, business development manager of Esmario Export Enterprises, an American company which built the boat. The company has supplied more than 60 inflatable boats to the Indian customs and machinery for more than 200 boats used for coastal security in India.
With 78 popular Indian and international brands on display and last years record by getting all Indian purchasers, the MIBS managed to pull crowds from all classes and age groups this year too. Like 26-year-old Yash Mishra, a resident of Cuffe Parade who is keen to own a yatch. “I want to know all the tit bits before purchasing the boat. I met almost all the exhibitors at MIBS to know about the best buy,” said the hotelier.
According to Maneck Davar, chairman of the MIBS, at least 10 big luxury boats costing several crores were sold after last year’s exhibition. “There is no doubt that India produces more millionaires than any other country. They seek luxury and exclusivity and our boats suit them the best,” added Davar.
The three day show which concluded on February 27 showcased an array of boats and accessories for sailors. One of the attractions was Fairline, the costliest luxury boat displayed this year. With two plush bedrooms meant for six people, cosy living space and a full fledged kitchen, Fairline estimated to be worth more than Rs 3.5 crores was worth a watch. “This boat is like a Rolce Royce. It gives a top speed of 38 knots which is the best,” said Riyadh Kundanmal, Fairline India’s chairman.
Another company, Searay, known as America’s most popular boating brand and loved for its little maintenance and sturdy make was also at the display. “Searays are now extremely popular in Goa. Those who have bought Searays have never come back to us with any complaints,” said Anju Dutta of Marine Solutions- exclusive dealers of Searay’s in India.
Words: Jyoti Shelar