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Boot Düsseldorf is the launchpad for several dozen new boats. Here are five of the launches that will take place during the show.

Sea Ray SLX 350

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The new Sea Ray will be shown at both the New York and Düsseldorf shows next week. The SLX 350 is powered by twin MerCruiser 6.2L engines and controlled by Axius joystick. The boat also has “quietRIDE technology” that includes a Tuned Transom and Dynamic Running Surface. Sea Ray said the boat has seating for 18, including “concealable” transom lounges.

“The SLX series was launched to bring a luxury sport boating experience unlike any other to the market,” said Sea Ray President Brad Anderson in a statement. “The evolution of the SLX 350 upholds the orchestrated excellence found across the SLX model line.”

Nautor’s Swan 65

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The Finnish sailboat builder, Nautor’s Swan, will be exhibiting its new Swan 65 for the first time at the show. It was created about the same time as the Swan 78 as another member of Swan’s new bluewater range. The designers gave her an oceangoing hull designed for fast performance in light-to-medium winds. The exterior is said to be modern, but without “being tied to any short-lived fashion,” according to the manufacturer.

Absolute 62 Fly

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Italian builder Absolute will be launching its 62 Fly in Düsseldorf. The yacht was designed for liveaboard comfort with an open plan main deck that extends from the aft cockpit to the forward helm area. The flybridge has fuel capacity of 2,600 gallons and freshwater capacity of 680 gallons for extended cruising. Absolute designed large windows along the superstructure and down into main hull.

Frauscher 1017 GT Air

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Austrian builder Frauscher will be launching its largest model yet at the German show. The 1017 GT Air was designed to maximize interior space with a central steering position while also providing creature comforts like teak tables, long seating and well-designed storage areas. The boat has 860-hp gas or diesel engines. It will replace Frauscher’s 1017 Lido in its model range.

Sundeck 70

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Sundeck Trawlers are designed to be oceangoing trawlers but with comfort designed into the hulls, including gyroscopic stabilizers and large interior spaces. The New Sundeck 700 will be introduced at Düsseldorf as the flagship of the company, with five staterooms for owners and guests and two crew cabins. The boats were designed with a long range and low fuel consumption, with the ability to reach a top speed of 25 knots. The company said participating at boot Düsseldorf is part of its international expansion plans. It is targeting the Netherlands, Germany, Scandinavia and East European countries. 

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