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German boat show returns later this month

The 54th Hamburg International Boat Show, hanseboot, takes place Oct. 26 through Nov. 3.

The show will give visitors a preview of the 2014 season with innovations and models on display at the stands of production-line builders and German importers. One-off boats also will be on display from many of the yards.

Organizers say the color schemes, especially among larger yachts, are strikingly uniform this year, with a preference for a white hull and cabin superstructure accompanied by large black windows made of unbreakable acrylics. More designers also have included windows in the hull. The value attached to the potential for high speed under sail is shown by other features, too — a broad aft for improved sailing characteristics when running before the wind and an almost vertical transom, extending the waterline to increase hull speed.

Organizers say the common features and design trends will be evident to experts and amateurs alike as they walk through the exhibition halls and look at the yachts from Hanse Werft in Greifswald, the new designs from Bénéteau and Jeanneau from France and the Bavaria Cruiser, the latest boat from Bavaria Yachtbau, Germany’s largest builder.

But the differences are evident, too, organizers say.

For example, the new Oceanis 38 from Bénéteau, a French series yacht builder, has a hull length of 11.13 meters and a beam of nearly 4 meters, a sail area of 66 square meters close hauled and displacement of 6.4 tons. The new middle-class yacht Bavaria Cruiser 37 is available only as a two- or three-cabin version.

HanseYachts, based in Greifswald, will present the Varianta 37. The company also will unveil the 15.4-meter Hanse 505, regarded as one of the largest sailing yachts at this year’s Hamburg Boat Show.

Far East, a Shanghai-based builder represented by general importer Kröslin Yachting, will be at hanseboot for the first time, showcasing the FarEast 26, an inexpensive 8.6-meter cruiser/racer designed by South African naval architect Simonis und Voogd.

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