With 250,000 visitors expected each year and 1900 exhibitors from 68 countries, the Dusseldorf Boat Show is probably the biggest indoor boat show in the world. This year the show is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is set to be bigger and better than ever. Held from the 19th to 27th of January, this yachting extravaganza takes place in Dusseldorf’s Messe Centre and offers everything from kayaks to gorgeous superyachts as well as an exciting lineup of hands-on activities and events.
Yacht lovers should make a beeline for the superyacht section of the show which can be found in hall 6. Usually sold out long before the show even starts, this is the place to check out the very latest offerings by the likes of Azimut Yachts, Princess Yachts and Jeanneau Prestige models. In hall 7a you’ll also find some of the world’s best designers if you’re interested in even larger superyachts and a unique collaboration with Delius Klasing’s magazine BOOTE EXCLUSIV, which will focus on yacht interior design.
Another key part of the show is the diving centre in halls 3 and 4 which are entirely dedicated to underwater exploration. Here you’ll find everything you need to push your limits or just enjoy a gentle introduction into the world of diving. Major brands like Aqualung, Atomic Aquatics, Bauer, Mares, Ocean Reef and Scubapro will be on hand to offer demos and show off the very latest kit, while there’ll also be the chance to take a dip in the dedicated dive pool, with dive instructors there to help you make the most of the experience.
TOP YACHTS AND WATERCRAFT
This year’s show is set to be the scene for several important launches including the much-anticipated Nerea N24. Nerea is an exciting new Italian company led by Dario Messina who has extensive industry experience with Dominator, Caman and the Ferretti group. The 23-foot/7-meter N24 is the company’s very first build and doubles as a superyacht tender or day cruiser. What sets N24 apart is her stylish exterior lines and clever interior design which includes a U-shaped lounge area and bathroom under the foredeck which converts into a double cabin. She’s powered by a Volvo Penta D4-300 sterndrive engine which gives her an impressive top speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots.
Also turning heads this year will be the 41-foot/12.50-meter Sealine C390 which is set to make her world debut at Dusseldorf 2019. This fast cruiser comes with the option of two Volvo Penta 4-cylinder D4 with 300 hp each or two Volvo Penta 6-cylinder D6 with 370 hp from Volvo Penta which give a top speed of 27 or 34 knots respectively. As well as her knockout exterior lines, highlights include her spacious cockpit, wetbar, outdoor grill, and hydraulic swim platform.
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
If you’re looking to learn a new skill or get your kids excited about life afloat, don’t miss the Sailing School in the center of Hall 14. Here you’ll find a 25 x 10-meter water pool equipped with wind machines to give you a real taste of sailing. Both kids and adults can take a spin in one of the Optimists and other small dinghies under the wise guidance of experienced sailing instructors from Düsseldorf’s sailing centre on Lake Unterbach. Keen to learn more after your taste of sail power? There’ll be a series of interviews with sailing experts on the stage right next to the pool and the ample seating also makes it an ideal spot to take a rest while your kids have fun on the water.
The Dusseldorf Boat Show takes place from the 19th to 27th January in the Messe Centre and is open from 10am to 6pm every day. Tickets cost €19 with public transport to the show included in the price and can be purchased through the event website.