on 19 Jan 2023
Boot Düsseldorf opens tomorrow after a years-long hiatus, with world yacht premieres and ocean conservation in discussion
Boot Düsseldorf, the world’s largest yachting showcase, opens its doors for nine days, starting on January 21, 2023, after a two-year hiatus due to Covid restrictions. Though other major events, such as Cannes, Monaco, Fort Lauderdale, restarted in 2021, Boot Düsseldorf, as an indoor event in winter, has struggled with Covid outbreaks and restrictions.
The 2023 show will have over 1,500 exhibitors in 16 exhibition halls (an area equal to 31 football pitches), covering everything from superyachts to Scuba gear. Some of the world’s top yards will be showcasing new yachts and, in some cases, world premieres.
Here are some of the key launches and brands on display.
Italian yachting giant Sanlorenzo will showcase its new SD90, one of its latest models, which debuted at Cannes 2022. The 28-metre yacht, the entry level of the SD line, has a hull designed by Philippe Briand, while Zuccon International Project designed the exterior lines and Patricia Urquiola conceived the interior from a green perspective, with an approach closely linked to flexibility and transformability.
Sanlorenzo is also a Project Partner of the Blue Innovation Dock, the Boot Düsseldorf platform dedicated to a yachting future linked to sustainability, the climate and the development of responsible solutions for materials and propulsion.
Ferretti Group is rolling out a huge display at this year’s show, with yachts on display representing four of the group’s brands. Among them is the world premiere of the Ferretti Yachts 580. Over 18m LOA and 5m beam, this model provides buyers with modern luxury and classic Ferretti styling. Ferretti Group reports that 11 units of the 580 have already been sold.
Ferretti Yachts 580 features clean, sporty lines and a wide range of customisation options available on the main deck and lower deck, with two layouts, both with three cabins. The 580 is available in Classic and Contemporary designs.
In addition, Ferretti Group will have the three yachts from the Riva brand: the Riva 76 Perseo Super, the Riva Dolceriva, and the Rivamare. For those who love nothing more than throttling up, the Pershing 6X will be on display. Finally, Wally will have the Wallypower 58 and the Wallynano 37 on hand.
Princess Yachts will have the world premiere of the Princess S72, the latest addition to Princess Yachts’ S Class line. With her sweeping profile, the Princess S72 is designed to feel open and spacious. Equipped with twin MAN V12 engines at 1650 or 1800 horsepower and a resin-infused deep-V hull, she offers speeds of up to 36 knots. Below deck, eight guests enjoy four cabins, three of which are ensuite. A spacious foredeck boasts innovative sunbeds with integrated adjustable headrests. The stern houses a garage that can house a 3.9m tender.
Princess will have the Princess X80 on display, which was due to be shown for the first time at the 2022 event. Also on hand will be the Princess F65 and the European debut of the Princess Y85, plus the S62, F45 and the V40.
Aquila Power Catamarans
Aquila Power Catamarans won’t have any world premieres at this year’s Boot, but they will have a wide selection of yachts on hand, giving buyers plenty of chances to understand the brand in full detail. The US builder also promises new information at its stand about the upcoming Aquila 42 Yacht.
The Aquila 42 Yacht offers two staterooms with multiple configurations, a utility cabin, and engine options from Volvo Penta.
Among the yachts on display are the flagship Aquila 70 Luxury, Aquila’s breakthrough entry into the ultra-luxury market. There will be the Aquila 54 Yacht, with layouts that include 3, 4 and 5 cabin options, as well as a captain’s quarters and “galley-down” layout.
The Aquila 36 Sport, Aquila 32 Sport, Aquila 28 Molokai and Molokai Cuddy will round out the display.
Prestige’s long-awaited launch of its new M-Line luxury catamarans will finally happen at the 2023 Boot Dusseldorf. Prestige Vice President Erwin Bamps will be on hand for the unveiling of the M-Line’s new model.
The M-48 is nearly 15m LOA with a beam of 6m, and it offers a cruising speed of 15 knots and maximum speed of 20 knots. Designed by Garroni Design with work by Phillipe Briand, one of the premier names in hydrodynamic efficiency, owners will enjoy wide spaces, reliable build quality and the understated luxury that Prestige is known for.
Prestige will also have the X60 on display, from the yard’s X-line, which features innovative bow windows and exteriors on a proven platform. Also on hand will be the Prestige 520S, a 52-foot coupé with sporty-chic style.
The namesake brand of the Beneteau Group will have a huge display, possibly bigger than a typical exhibit at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
In the sailing category, the Beneteau First range will be on hand, with five yachts from the series, from First 24 to First 53. The First range is Beneteau’s Racer-Cruiser category, with fine finish paired with sleek hull design and performance.
Beneteau will have five yachts from the Oceanis luxury cruiser series, including the new Oceanis 60, which was launched in 2022 and first displayed at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
In the motorboating series, Beneteau will have three boats from the Flyer series, including the new Flyer 8 Sundeck. The Flyer series are 7, 8 and 9 metre runabout, multipurpose boats that have been designed for maximum flexibility, including overnight anchoring.
There will be four yachts from the Antares series of entry-level cabin cruisers, including the new 7m Antares 7. Three yachts from the sport coupe Gran Turismo series will be on display.
For Hong Kong buyers keen on a little extra range, Beneteau will have two models from their Swift Trawler explorer series, the Swift Trawler 48 and the Grand Trawler 62, which debuted at the 2021 Cannes show and has been met with a very positive response.
The world’s biggest boat builder will have the world premiere of its new S7, the latest addition to its sport yacht line. The S7 promises Azimut’s standard of interior design and exterior sleekness, thanks to the work of regular designer Alberto Mancini, who is rapidly taking over the role of that the late Stefano Righini played in created an Azimut “look”.
The S7 is a 21.7m sleek style machine, with a top rated speed of 35 knots. Open, airy design, huge windows and classic yet chic looks define this yacht. The S7 also adds to Azimut’s continued use of carbon fibre in the build. The entire superstructure of the S7 is constructed in carbon fibre, significantly lessening the overall weight (and therefore power requirements) while also reducing roll motion by up to 15%.
Azimut Yachts will also have two yachts from the Fly range, the Azimut Fly 53 and Fly 78. Also on hand will be the Magellano 66 from Azimut’s explorer series of longer range yachts.
Ocean Conservation and Family Fun
Family fun, on-water activities, underwater activities and ocean conservation are all key themes that you’ll find at Boot, which separates the show from other events in the yachting calendar that just display yachts and expensive toys.
There is a sustainability forum, “Blue Innovation Dock”, a series of forums focused on topics such as sustainability in boatbuilding, alternative propulsion or modern marina design.
There will be places for sailing beginners to get started, as well as tips and tricks on such topics as wingfoiling and wingsurfing, the hottest current water sports trends await their fans.
In its 54 years, Boot Düsseldorf has also been a forum for marine research. Diving pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau even choose Boot Düsseldorf as a presentation platform and proclaimed here the protection of the seas as the declared goal of divers.
The “love your ocean” stand in Hall 14 will also delight little explorers. There will be large measuring instruments from marine research, a microplastics lab and an algae lab to explore.
And with the “ocean tribute Award”, whose list of winners also includes Boris Herrmann with his Malizia team, Boot Düsseldorf, together with the Monegasque Prince Albert II Foundation and the German Ocean Foundation, have created an internationally highly regarded and renowned prize. This year the “ocean tribute Award” will again be presented live in front of an audience on 23 January. The laudatory speech for the winner will be held by the well-known actor and ocean activist Hannes Jaenicke.
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