Each year, towards the end of January, in the city of Düsseldorf, Germany, opens the largest boat show in the whole northern Europe. Boot Düsseldorf 2016 hosted 247.000 visitors from 52 countries. We got to experience the biggest and the most spectacular water sports festival where all of the major brands in the nautical field in Europe were presented.
We were pleasantly surprised by the broad participation of Slovenian visitors. We were also intrigued by the numerous Slovenian producers who exhibited at the show, which was about the size of Slovenia, in fact, pretty big.
The successful year enjoyed by the water sports industry in 2015 made its impact on the trade fair this year. It has been evident that the optimism is slowly returning and that all manufacturers are expecting the uptrend in the water sports industry to continue.
We, being ambitious, young yacht designers, could not help ourselves but start with the biggest we could get. The Sunseeker Predator 57 and Princess 30m stood out at the fair. The magnificence of these two large ships is pointed out by the large and luxurious exhibition space of their manufacturers. In addition to these two we saw quite a few vessels using the Scandinavian concept of fast gliding between the islets of Sweden or Denmark; for example Axopar 37, Delta and Delphia 1150 Voyage.
This year was undoubtedly marked by the new water toy Seabob, an underwater scooter or jet by Cayago AG in Stuttgart, Germany, as there were practically no exhibition space, which would not be offering Seabob as an addition to the luxury boats. Seabob water sled maker Cayago has made two limited edition designs for Princess Yacht to celebrate their 50 years of building luxury motor yachts.
The atmosphere in all exhibition halls was terrific, and as managing director, Werner Matthias Bornscheidt said: “boot 2016 was a professional party that whetted everyone’s appetite for water activities in gloomy January.” We enjoyed meeting our partners and seeing what is new that the nautic industry has to offer.
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