Boot Düsseldorf, which starts tomorrow in the German city, is the world’s largest indoor boat show. The event at Messe Düsseldorf is expected to have more than 1,900 exhibitors from 68 countries. It has grown from 116 exhibitors when it launched in 1969 into the world’s premier indoor boat show, attracting exhibitors not only from northern and southern Europe, but also from eastern Europe. Organizers expect 250,000 visitors from 90 countries.
The show will have several dozen launches of new boats and hundreds of new products. The shortlist includes Nautor’s Swan 64 (Finland), Saffier SE 37 Lounge (France), Sealine C390 (Germany), Q30 Electric (Italy), Bluegame BG62 (Italy), Sea Ray SLX 350 (U.S.), Greenline Neo Hardtop (Slovenia), Grand Soleil 48 (Italy), Absolute 62 (Italy), and others.
German builder Bavaria, which emerged from bankruptcy last summer, will be showcasing its sailboats and powerboats at the show, while international exhibitors like Groupe Beneteau, the Ferretti Group and Azimut-Benetti will have larger exhibit spaces than previous years.
“It’s an important strategic decision to take part in the Boot Düsseldorf,” said Giovanna Vitelli, vice president of the Azimut/Benetti Group, in a statement. "Düsseldorf is perhaps the only European Exhibition that covers the entire nautical product sector.”
Azimut/Benetti Group will have a significant presence in the main area as well as in the superyacht pavilion. The company will show its Azimut and Atlantis motoryacht lines, introducing a new Atlantis 61, and display the Benetti superyachts in scale models.
Besides individual exhibitors, the show will attract regional marine clusters like fourteen boat and equipment companies from Brittany. Breton Commerce International said it had organized the Breton group to gain stronger international recognition, and possible international investment, for the region.
Nearly 1,000 equipment and accessories manufacturers will also be exhibiting at the show this year, many launching new products. Electric marine engine manufacturer Torqeedo said it would be displaying new products at the show, including new 100-kw motors that are part of its integrated Deep Blue and Deep Blue Hybrid drive systems. The company said these motors are twice as powerful as any that were previously available. It will also display its upgraded Deep Blue 40 kW battery with technology by BMW i.
“This year will also see a new direct-drive, 1,100 W addition to the globally successful Travel series of clean, emission-free outboards,” said a Torqeedo statement. “The Travel 1103 C is the quietest motor in its class and boasts a heavy-duty design. “Just like the market-favorite Travel 1003, which remains the lightest and easiest-to-handle 3 HP equivalent outboard, the new 1103 C is suitable for boats up to 3,300 lbs.”
The show is divided into 18 “themed” exhibit halls that include motorboats, sailing, sailing catamarans, water tourism, canoes, marina equipment, motorboats, superyachts, maritime arts, trend sports, diving and others. Its 12 stages at the “Theme Worlds” around the show will have films, displays, interviews with celebrities and lectures by experts. It also has interactive exhibits for wakesurfing, fishing and an indoor sailing school.
Boot Düsseldorf runs through January 27.