The year 2019 is a jubilee year for Boot Dusseldorf: the largest yachting exhibition is half a century old! Almost 2000 exhibitors will place their products in 16 halls of the Dusseldorf exhibition centre.
The first Boot Dusseldorf exhibition - or just Boot - opened on 27 November 1969. Then 116 exhibitors from eight countries spread over an area of 11,000 square meters and attracted 34,000 visitors. A year later, there were already 183 exhibitors, and the exhibition area doubled. In 1972, the exhibition moved to the Messe Dusseldorf exhibition centre, which had just been rebuilt for the Munich Olympics, and is still there today. In 1979 the Messe Dusseldorf halls were equipped with an eight-metre diving tower. In 1992, the maximum number of visitors to the nine-day boat show was fixed at 400 thousand people. Since then, this number has been steadily declining until it stopped at an average of 240,000 in the last five years. In 2001, Yacht Magazine established the «European Boat of the Year Award by»inviting representatives of major yachting media to jury. The award ceremony was held at Boot Dusseldorf. Fortieth anniversary the exhibition area reached a record 220 thousand square meters. In 2018, a record number of exhibitors was set - 1923.
«Boot Dusseldorf is the only trade fair in the world that really represents the whole variety of industry and market. It gathers manufacturers from more than 70 countries, its uniqueness - in the broadest range of products exhibited. 1500 sailing and motor boats have found their home within the walls of Boot Dusseldorf,"»proudly declares Exhibition Director Petros Michelidakis.
Visitors from 102 countries will gather in Düsseldorf at the end of January to find a boat for the season. The exhibition starts on the
«Top charter companies use Boot Dusseldorf for in-depth market analysis. They establish direct contact with manufacturers and compare themselves with competitors,"»says Mikelidakis, emphasizing that the exhibition has become not only a way to find a client, but also a powerful B2B tool.
This year's Boot Dusseldorf will host several important world premieres.
In the flybridge yacht segment, Princess will for the first time present in Düsseldorf the Y85 model, created in collaboration with naval architects OLESINSKI and Italian designers Pininfarina. The manufacturer promises an «innovative flexible layout of the galley», which can be separated from the salon at the touch of a button.
As for closed cruising yachts with hardtop, the premiere of Greenline 48 Coupe can be noted here. This is a version of the popular flybridge 14.
At the Fairline booth, a VR helmet will be used to take a «stroll around the» most anticipated British yacht, the F//LINE 33. Squadron 64 will also be available for virtual viewing.
In the boat segment at the
Boarncruiser will bring an updated 12
It will be interesting to see the new (second) fruit of the cooperation between the Axopar shipyard and the car manufacturer Brabus. The BRABUS Shadow X00 model will be shown for the first time at the
World premiere in the sailing cruiser segment - Swan 65. Swan 65 is the younger sister of the previously introduced 78-foot
In the multihull mill Fountaine Pajot will present MY 40 - the younger brother of the model MY44.
Visiting the exhibition is not limited to viewing boats of all shapes and sizes. As always, Düsseldorf will have a diving area