22 January 2024
From 20 to 28 January 2024, boot, the largest watersports trade fair in the world, will take place. All areas are covered; the core competencies of this event have always included the topic of sailing. In Halls 15 and 16, visitors can not only obtain information about associations, class associations and regatta organisers, but also have an overview of the spectrum of yacht building in all its diversity – from sporty daysailers to luxurious cruising yachts with which all seas can be sailed.
It is noteworthy that the vast majority of the models that are nominated for Europe’s Yacht of the Year 2024 (European Yacht of the Year = EYOTY; the awarding of the highly coveted awards will be celebrated at boot) will be shown in Düsseldorf.
This proves once again the importance that the trade fair enjoys in the industry. The same applies to the fact that some yachts will celebrate their world premiere in Düsseldorf, i.e. they will be visible to the public for the first time.
As a result, the world premieres and trade fair premieres from 2024 will be presented in brief, thereby impressively reflecting the current trends in yacht building.
The Swedish shipyard has so far been successful with conservatively styled, luxurious and very well-sailing performance cruisers. With the new flagship, this traditional niche has been left behind and the construction has been entrusted to a big player in the scene, namely Niels Jeppesen. This is nothing short of a sensation, as Jeppesen has worked exclusively for X-Yachts for more than 40 years and has had a decisive influence on this brand.
The design star also left his unmistakable stamp on the Arcona 50, an elegant yacht with a very wide stern. It has two rudder blades, a spacious stern garage into which the dinghy can be packed sideways, and a three-spreader rig. If you like something particularly sporty, you can optionally use carbon fiber for the mast and boom or opt for an overlapping genoa instead of the self-tacking jib. Below deck there is conventional comfort with three spacious double cabins and two heads. The U-shaped pantry goes well with this, but it can also be ordered as an open version with a modern cooking island.
Arcona Yachts, Hall 16/B53
With the Bavaria C46, the southern German shipyard presents the third model in the line designed by Maurizio Cossutti, which impresses with very good sailing characteristics across the board. This also applies to the C46: Thanks to the chines and V-bow, which widens above the waterline, it has a high level of dimensional stability, and the single rudder allows precise steering. The yacht also boasts a lot of space below deck, where up to five cabins can be accommodated. With regard to the equipment (double or single bunks) as well as the arrangement of wet cells and separate showers, there are various options and solutions available – every pot should find its lid. The situation is similar with the deck layout, which can be optimized for a small crew, sporty sailing or leisurely cruising with the family through different positioning and number of winches. The standard equipment includes a self-tacking jib and fixed bowsprit for gennaker or Code Zero, the additional sails find space in a sail load between the anchor locker and the foreship cabin – super practical!
Bavaria Yachtbau, Hall 16/B40
With this Marc Lombard design, Bénéteau completes the renewal of the Oceanis range that began in 2017. The distinctive chines that run across the entire hull give the yacht a sporty look, improve stability when lying and create more space below deck. This is used for a long kitchenette arranged to the side of the saloon – great because it offers a lot of work space and storage space, and is absolutely unusual in this league – as well as a maximum of three double cabins with comfortably sized berths.
Beneteau, Hall 16/B42
Designed by Sam Manuard and built by Seascape in Slovenia, the performance cruiser has been named Europe’s Yacht of the Year for 2023 in this hotly contested category. And with good reason: With the First 36, a mass-produced shipyard has succeeded in bringing an extremely light yacht onto the market that does not require expensive high-tech materials. This was made possible primarily by the laminate specialists at Pure-Design, who created a strict diet plan for the hull and deck, but designer Lorenzo Argento also pitched in and paid attention to every gram in the interior design and styling. The result is a fantastically sailing, agile boat promises real fun in all conditions.
Beneteau, Hall 16/B42
The Dutch shipyard has built an aft cockpit version (Contest 49CS) and a center cockpit version on the Judel/Vrolijk & Co. hull, the latter of which was nominated for Europe’s Yacht of the Year in the luxury yacht category.
The cabin structure ending in front of the mast and the flat foredeck are reminiscent of a mega yacht, the interior is top-class in terms of workmanship, noise insulation and visibility to the outside. The central owner’s compartment aft looks extremely dignified, the same applies to the VIP cabin at the front.
Contest Yachts BV, Hall 16/C54
This model expands the current line, consisting of Dufour 37 and 41. Umberto Felci, a long-term partner of the shipyard, was available as designer. He created a tidy deck with two to six winches in the cockpit, and there is a choice of overlapping genoa or self-tacking jib for the sails. If the yacht is used on the charter market, it can have four double cabins, each with its own bathroom – something that has never been done before in this length segment.
The owner’s version provides three comfortable cabins, and several variants and combinations are available for the design of the wet cells. There is also freedom of choice in the pantry: long row with plenty of storage space on the side or compact in landscape format along the main bulkhead, just as the buyer likes it. The hexagonal salon table, which can accommodate up to ten people, is definitely pleasing and a real innovation.
Dufour, Hall 16/B39
Two double cabins in the foredeck – this is an absolute novelty in this length class. It was made possible because designer Umberto Felci drew a hull with a maximum width of 4.30 meters and a super round bow nose. The yacht is hardly narrower towards the stern, which not only creates volume on and below deck, but also provides high stability and good gliding properties when sailing. So a win-win situation. The cockpit is huge, the saloon is rather small, and when it comes to furniture, the buyer can choose between oak or teak, each with real wood veneer. The super friendly ambience is thanks to the numerous hatches and windows that let in lots of natural light.
Dufour Yachts, Hall 16/B39
The hull of this model, with which Elan begins to completely reorganize the cruising line, comes from Humphreys Yacht Design and is therefore the shipyard’s in-house designer. For the second time, the renowned Italian studio Pininfarina was brought on board for the styling. His signature can be seen, among other things, in the wood veneer with natural knotholes, which was used in the furniture and creates a very special look. Beyond that, there are no experiments. The cruising yacht is aimed at the owner or charter market with high quotas and relies on proven lines.
Elan, Hall 16/D57
A daysailer from Hungary, more precisely from Lake Balaton, which is intended as a multifunctional device. With a weight of only 750 kg and a width of 2.53 m, it is easy to trailer and can also be slipped thanks to the retractable pivoting keel. Construction in full carbon, carbon rig and powerful, fully battened square top mainsail make it a regatta-suitable athlete and anyone on the water If you want to go on a tour, you will find four sleeping spaces below deck and can get additional comfort on board with a cool box and chemical toilet. Sounds like a companion for all situations.
Flaar, Hall 15/C39
The traditional Swedish shipyard, which is still 100 percent family-owned, has been producing ocean-going blue water yachts for 80 years. With a length of 21 meters, the new flagship is the largest model ever built in Ellös and is aimed at the absolute luxury segment. What strikes you at first glance: the unobstructed flush deck in front of the mast and the exceptionally large but very well protected center cockpit, which accommodates two steering positions, two L-shaped sofas and an expansive table; Optionally, a refrigerator can also be installed here. The fixed windshield typical of Hallberg-Rassy is a must; a hardtop is also available as an alternative.
Despite its size, the yacht can be moved easily and safely across the water even by a small crew or solo, as the sails are set and trimmed electrically or electro-hydraulically using controls on the control columns at the push of a button. Inside the 46-ton yacht, everything takes place on one level, with eight hull windows and various hatches guaranteeing plenty of natural light and a good view. There are two layout options to choose from with different arrangements of the cabins and bathrooms; the standard finish is in Khaya mahogany. The look is maritime, the workmanship is top notch – typically Rassy.
Hallberg-Rassy, Hall 16/B58
DS stands for deck saloon and that means a lot of protected space and a high level of living comfort. Hanse Yachts has made the most of this approach with its latest launch: The walkaround deck with high bulwarks and fixed railing guarantees safety even in rough seas, the cockpit is covered and is on the same level as the salon, offering an unobstructed all-round view offers outside. The made-up word “Monomaran”, which is often used to describe the Moody models, hits the nail on the head here, as the 48-foot yacht combines the advantages of a catamaran with those of a monohull.
Hanse Moody Dehler, Hall 15/A20
The German shipyard has been working with the Berrett-Racoupeau design office since 2021; the 410 is the third model to be penned by them and is clearly based on the style of the Hanse 510 and 460 (which can also be seen at boot). The hull width is enormous, the soft chines run the entire length and the underwater has a slightly wetted area, especially aft. All lines are led to the steering wheels; if desired, you can have two separate tables in the cockpit instead of a single table in the middle. The interior layout can be designed variably with two or three cabins.
Hanse Moody Dehler, Hall 15/A20
The smart weekender comes from the Dutch yacht shipyard Heeg and has its sights set on inland waters with little wind rather than stormy seas. The already slim hull tapers sharply aft and towards the foredeck, which means there is little wetted area and helps the yacht achieve speed and good altitude even in a light breeze. The space below deck is naturally limited and the berth in the foredeck is narrow. The two dog bunks aft, however, are relatively comfortable, and there are two swivel chairs and a sofa in the saloon.
Yachtwerf Heeg, Hall 16/C06
Exciting, polarizing, innovative – connoisseurs can think of many adjectives for the yacht designed by Philippe Briand and Studio Winch Design. They all underline the courage that the French mass-produced shipyard, which is part of the powerful Bénéeau Group, showed by developing this exclusive cruising yacht. The 55 has little in common with the existing 60 and 65 foot long sisters and surprises with a fundamentally different concept and details that have not yet been seen in the competitors. The huge, flat cockpit is divided into three areas: Aft there is access to the bathing platform and a huge lounge area, which can either be used as a lying area or converted into L- and U-shaped benches with tables. In front of it there are steering wheels and winches, further forward there is a bench and an open-air navigation station with GPS plotter and autopilot control system.
The standard targa bar, over which the main sheet is also sheeted, forms the basis for a shading system that can be ordered made of textile material or as a combination with a fixed window and hardtop. The interior design has also been completely rethought. The central staircase gives exclusive access to the salon with an L-shaped kitchenette and dining area as well as the main compartment with a very spacious bathroom area. The two aft cabins with a double bed and their own bathroom, however, each have their own entrance, which is located directly in front of the steering wheels. This consistent spatial separation was intended to create maximum privacy and acoustic protection for both the owner and the guests sailing with them. No expansion alternatives are offered – there is no clearer way to communicate how convinced the shipyard is of this unusual layout.
Jeanneau Sailing Yachts, Hall 16/B18
The Polish shipyard Northman has developed a good image for itself with solid cruising yachts and is now entering the highly competitive entry-level league with this model with a length of around 10 metres. The hull with hard chines in the stern area, a negative deck jump and the cabin structure with striking side windows generate an independent appearance, the classic deck layout with six winches should work without any problems. The Maxus 35 is available with either a swiveling ballast centerboard, lifting or fixed keel and can fall dry. The interior layout provides two cabins and a large wet room with a separate shower as standard. Three cabins are also possible as an option, in which case the wet room shrinks.
Northman, Hall 15/B40
In 2020 the shipyard was taken over by the Grand Large Yachting consortium, the 1380 designed by Marc Lombard is the first model of this new era. Inside, wood hardly makes an appearance; snow-white surfaces dominate here. As with all RM boats, the deck of the RM 1380 is made of GRP and it has a chine keel as standard for easy drying. It can be optimized towards a performance, cruising or blue water model. For long journeys, you can, for example, equip them with davits, solar panels or a dodger and have a workshop or a walk-in locker installed aft instead of a double cabin.
RM Yachts, Hall 16/D40
The big sisters Saffier 27 and 33 have already won an EYOTY award, the smart daysailer, which sails almost like a dinghy, definitely has what it takes. The negative bow stem gives the Se24 a super modern look, the high sail load capacity gives it excellent light wind properties. The deck layout is well thought out and functional, the workmanship inside is very clean. There is no headroom below deck, but there is sleeping space for four people.
Saffier Maritiem, Hall 16/D53
The shipyard, based on Mattsee in Austria, is presenting a brand new model that – like the polarizing Sunbeam 32.1, which came onto the market three years ago and was the talk of the industry – was developed in cooperation with industrial designer Gerald Kiska.
It appears much more conventional than its revolutionary sister, does not offer any unusual features at first glance and should therefore appeal to a broader target group. The pivoting keel can be raised hydraulically and reduces the draft to 0.85 m; the double rudder system is operated by a tiller. Below deck there is maximum openness, pantry or wet cell are available as extra modules. You can optionally order these and have them installed, but you can also upgrade the boat with them later, for example if your family situation changes or as part of a sale.
Sunbeam Watersports, Hall 16/D17
“We want to usher in a new era in blue water yachts!” – with these words, X-Yachts CEO Brinck Nielsen set the bar quite high for the newcomer. She is the first model in the new XC series and the first yacht with a semi-deck saloon ever built by the Danish shipyard. Simplicity, safety and problem-free handling, even for a small crew, were at the top of the specifications for the in-house design team. As a consequence, among other things, all lines – including the sheets of the slightly overlapping genoa – were led up to the control columns; This means that the person at the helm can easily operate it single-handedly. The stern area has been redesigned, but the hull lines are typical of X-Yachts (deep V, long overhang aft) and are responsible for the fine sailing characteristics. The integration of the steel frame into the floor assembly to reinforce the hull structure has also been retained.
Speaking of reinforcing the hull structure: Carbon was used in heavily stressed areas, such as the keel, rudder or putting parts; a calming feeling. One interesting detail should be noted. As part of the yacht development, the shipyard not only built a conventional mock-up, i.e. a full-size model, but also tilted it. In this way, sailing when heeling could be simulated and all systems on and below deck could be subjected to an everyday test under realistic conditions. A process that is so far unique in yacht building and proves the seriousness, meticulousness and innovative strength with which those responsible at X-Yachts approached this project.
X-Yachts, Hall 15/A24
With almost 237,000 visitors from over 60 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors from 68 nations on 220,000 square meters in halls 1 to 17, boot Düsseldorf is the largest yacht and water sports trade fair in the world from January 20th to 28th, 2024. Both sailors and motorboaters will find a wide variety of boats, dinghies, superboats and luxury yachts here. The popular water sports diving , surfing , kite surfing , stand up paddling , skimboarding and canoeing are available at boot in all their facets and with the appropriate equipment. Attractive stage programs with the stars of the scene, current trends and a top-class mix of workshops and hands-on activities, both for recreational athletes and experts, make the trade fair unique worldwide. But marine protection and innovative, sustainable technologies are also the focus at boot 2024. In collaboration with the European Boating Industry (EBI), the blue innovation dock offers a unique dialogue format with political, economic, technological and media expertise in Hall 10.
Two lighthouses for ocean protection will also be on board again. The prestigious “ocean tribute” award with the partners Prince Albert II Foundation and German Oceanographic Foundation as well as the “love your ocean” campaign with its stand in Hall 11.