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boot Duesseldorf 2018 (20th-28th January)
Any EZS student has the boot Duesseldorf on his/her time schedule ? :-) Maybe you like to organize car pooling to visit ...

official press release: 16.01.2018

Countdown to boot 2018
Biggest water sports trade fair about to start 

1,916 exhibitors from 68 different countries in 16 halls

boot Director Petros Michelidakis and his team are in the final tough week of preparations for boot 2018. And the 1.916 exhibitors in 16 halls dress up themselves for boot from 20. to 28. January 2018 and will present a fullness of boats premieres, innovations and services. All the boats and yachts are on land in the meantime and are being moved to the stands of the 1,916 exhibitors from 68 different countries in the 16 halls on the site. Attractions like “THE WAVE” or the new “Dive Center” are almost ready and cranes can be found all round the exhibition halls in Düsseldorf, while there is plenty of hammering, drilling and painting going on, carpets are being laid and everything is simply being made as appealing as possible for the world’s biggest water sports trade fair – boot Düsseldorf 2018!

The trade fair organisers and exhibitors are under permanent pressure at the moment. Petros Michelidakis: “The arrival of the boats under their own power or on a pontoon via waterways including the Rhine was an exciting experience this year – and one that gave me some sleepless nights. The high water could not have come a day earlier.” Even the first pontoons, which reached Düsseldorf on 3. and 4. January, only just fitted underneath the many bridges on the Rhine. The last sailing boat to arrive was the Oyster 745, which arrived in Düsseldorf at pretty much the last minute on 5. January before the water reached its highest level. The organisers of boot were fortunate that their legendary ship’s crane “Big Willi” had no trouble lifting the boats out of the Rhine and that all these operations were completed successfully in spite of the adverse conditions.

The biggest and most international boot ever is starting on 20. January. There will be no end of attractions covering 220,000 square metres; variety of this kind has never been seen at the same trade fair anywhere before. Motor boats from small inflatable boats to the showpiece of the trade fair – the 35-metre-long Princess 35 M – sailing boats from the smallest dinghy to the increasingly popular top-of-the-line yachts in the 60 to 70 foot range – all classes are on display at boot 2018.

Ever since “THE WAVE” was introduced, young water sports enthusiasts in particular have looked forward to this action-packed trend sport. Fast-moving surfing on a standing WAVE is a real challenge even for international surfing professionals. Which explains why such successful surfers as Airton Cozzolino, Zane Schweitzer, Bernd Rosiger or Fiona Wylde are coming over to boot from their Hawaiian hotspots in the grey Central European month of January, in order to experience authentic surfing adventures here and to demonstrate their skills in international contests. Quite apart from these professional surfers, there are any number of amateur surfers who simply want to try surfing the WAVE.

The new Dive Center at boot has the look of a Caribbean diving base. A short holiday under palms is guaranteed here. In addition to the professional divers, who will be there to obtain information about the latest trends in their sport from the leading suppliers of diving accessories and equipment, newcomers to recreational diving in particular are invited to get initial tips here. Experts will be demonstrating how to fill oxygen bottles, put diving masks on and complete all the preparations for a dive. Once they have collected all this good information, diving beginners can then move on into the pool to dive for the first time using the equipment they can borrow at boot free of charge.

Holiday feeling rules in halls 13 and 14 with more than 200 chartering providers and marinas for exclusive individual holidays. The German cruising market leader AIDA will show a real ship cabin from one of its cruisers. Many families are interested in three-generation holidays. This kind of relaxed get-together is being presented at boot 2018 by houseboat providers, among others. With the Febomobil from Kuhnle, handicap-accessible holidays on the water are made possible too.

And anyone who would like to end his or her tour of the trade fair by seeing some really eye-catching exhibits, should not miss the “Classic Forum” in Hall 14. Elegant classics from Boesch or Riva are waiting here for admirers, because an auction will be taking place at which offers can be made for the boat you always wanted. An interesting piece of inner-German history is waiting for a new owner here too, however: a motor boat produced in East Germany in 1982, which has genuine scarcity value, since there were practically no private motor boat owners there at this time.

About boot Düsseldorf: boot Düsseldorf is the biggest boat and water sports trade fair in the world and is the place where all of the industry meets in January every year. More than 1,900 exhibitors from 68 different countries, 57 per cent of them from outside Germany, will be presenting their interesting innovations, attractive developments and maritime equipment again from 20. to 28. January 2018. This means that the whole of the global market will be coming to Düsseldorf, to provide an exciting insight into the entire water sports world for the nineday exhibition in 16 different halls. The trade fair is open from 10:00 to 18:00 every day. Admission tickets can be ordered online at and printed out conveniently at home. As an additional feature, they entitle ticket holders to use the Rhine-Ruhr public transport system free of charge up to price level D / South Region.



Cathrin Imkampe (Sachbearbeitung)
Tel.: +49 (0)211 4560-589
Fax: +49 (0)211 4560-87589

Tania Vellen (Referent)
Tel.: +49 (0)211 4560-518
Fax: +49 (0)211 4560-87518


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urgent and a good sigal coming from the boot ...

boot 2018 press release: 11.01.2018 - Trend Report

Developments in marine e-mobility 2018
The technology for every-day use is already available!

There is a new ferry commuting between the towns of Wasserbillig and Oberbillig on the Moselle, but it was anything but cheap as the names of the two towns may suggest in German: it cost around 1.3 million euros. Nevertheless, this investment should be worthwhile after a few years, because the operating costs à la longue are simply much lower than they were with the old diesel ferry. All because the new ferry is electric. Quiet, completely without smoke or fumes and also clean in many other respects - there are no greasy oil changes anymore.

The ferry was built by boot Düsseldorf exhibitor Ostseestaal from Stralsund (Hall 10 / G78). The electric drive comes from the Austrian company Kräutler Elektromaschinen (also Hall 10 / G78). The ferry supplies some of the electricity it needs itself, thanks to the modern, efficient solar panels on deck, and the rest of the energy is recharged at the berth overnight. The ferry can store enough power in its batteries for two days of continuous operation.

This is state-of-the-art technology in marine e-mobility: The technology suitable for everyday use is already there, even if it is still being improved almost on a daily basis. E-drives are not cheap, but also not so expensive anymore that only eccentrics and idealists are willing to afford it. On the homepage of Torqeedo at there is a table documenting how many operating hours per year are needed to make an E-drive to be even financially worthwhile. Even if that does not always translate one to one to individual situations, it still gives a good indication where you stand.

The fact that electric drives, at least during operation, are greener than any internal combustion engine is indisputable. The sprawling and not always completely fact-based discussion about the overall environmental performance, for example, if one takes into account the production of batteries, is another topic. To say just this about it: it can hardly be worse than the environmental incompatibility of oil, its production and its associated wars and environmental disasters or its subsequent processing and combustion. And electricity generation is also making tremendous progress, even with renewable and sustainable energies. This is a development that goes hand in hand with the spread and evolution of electro-mobility, or at least parallel to it.

However, electric drives have even more advantages, even if you leave environmental issues out of the discussion. In combination with batteries that get better and better as well as constantly improving ways to generate electricity on board and on the go, electric drives are becoming increasingly attractive as part of a complete package. And not least because it is also about comfort during operation, freedom from maintenance, reliability, the lack of noise on board and outside. Even in spite of still large battery banks, modern electric drives are often lighter than diesel engines and full tanks, they are also significantly less space-consuming - two important arguments especially on boats.

Particularly interesting in this regard are the new pod drives which can even be fitted on the outside of the hull. Hanse-Yachts, for example, has fitted them in the rudder blade in some models. Or install them below the hull of a sailing yacht where they are barely larger than the traditional sail drive units by now. These are astonishingly practical drives, some of which can even do without a conventional propeller on a shaft. FMT Floren Marine Technik from Kempen on the lower Rhine (, at boot 2018 in hall 11, D74.8) builds such hub-less drives, about which the manufacturer says: "Since a synchronous motor is a synchronous machine acting as a motor, our drive unit also acts as a generator and produces electricity when it is passively drawn through the water or placed stationary in a stream. Due to the design of the ring motor, the propeller blades are mounted on the outside of the rotor, not on the centre. As a result, it is possible to dispense of the hub known from conventional drives. The external mounting of the propeller allows the centre of the drive to remain free. Trapped lines or other objects blocking the propeller are now a thing of the past. And should a propeller blade break, individual blades can be changed quickly and easily. "

The current market leader Torqeedo already offers a whole range of such products: "We started with two product lines and now cover the power range from 0.5 kW to 50 kW. At the beginning, it was just a small outboard. Today, our ability to install the engines to the boat has grown significantly: starting with out- and inboards, to sail drives and up to pod drives that can be fitted underneath the hull," explains Torqeedo-CEO Christoph Ballin.

No wonder that the first manufacturers of serial yachts are beginning to rely on electric drives. The latest example: the luxury catamarans from Privilege Marine. Privilege Marine's first Series 5 hybrid catamaran is equipped with a 2 x 50 kW inboard engine system. The Deep Blue Hybrid System provides green energy for the zero-emission electric boat drive as well as all other onboard consumers through power generation with solar modules and hydrogeneration.

Torqeedo's modular combination of standard components makes it easy to tailor the system to individual needs. For long distance journeys, a 22 kW HV / DC converter generator is integrated into the system, offering a similar range as a yacht equipped with a conventional combustion engine. The generator provides sufficient energy to power the engines and, if necessary, charge the batteries at the same time. When the batteries are fully charged, the generator shuts down. This makes it possible to sail under power at a moderate speed for a few hours a day – almost without making a sound.

The combination of renewable energy, generator power and high-capacity BMW i high-voltage batteries allows boat owners to use a whole range of energy sources. Even the air conditioning can be operated at night without a generator. The fully charged system allows for 20 nautical miles of silent motoring at a speed of 5 knots.


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Well known topic in Netherlands ... :-) 

official boot press release: 11.01.2018 - trend report

The dream of living on board
Houseboats are a trend, as are houseboat holidays

To set up your dwelling place on water rather than on land is currently a big dream for many. Whether in an urban or a more idyllic setting, right in the city centre or closer to nature on a river or remote lake. Whether permanently or just for a certain amount of time. Accordingly, it is also a big issue at boot Düsseldorf from January 20th to 28th, 2018. Discover various concepts and ideas about "living on board" at the world's leading boat show, be inspired!

„Something is tickling my nose. I wake up, still sleepy, I open my eyes. It is the sun that falls diagonally through the floor-to-ceiling window. Reflections from the water's surface outside are dancing on the bright ceiling directly above me. Happily I turn over again. A boat drives by, the waves gently clatter against the pontoon below the bedroom window. Gulls are screaming, but now I look out into the bright summer morning, onto the glittering blue of the Flensburg Fjord beyond the low stone pier. One, two sailors are already out there, taking advantage of a gentle morning breeze. I brew the first coffee of the day in the galley, with a full view of the harbour and the fjord. Later, we will have breakfast on the small wooden deck just above the waterline and we will consider what to do with this wonderful, new day on the sea.“  

This is what the dream of living on the water sounds like. Or close to this. Here, in one of the floating holiday homes on the Flensburg Fjord we can enjoy living on a houseboat for an extended weekend. And test if you are made for it. Once you have experienced this, it is most likely you will want to get more of it - maybe even to live on board permanently. Life on the water is inspiring and soothing at the same time, it is actually very close to land and yet feels far away at the same time. No wonder more and more people start thinking about it.

Once it all started quite pragmatically, rather out of necessity: In the Netherlands of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, when space for housing on land was scarce and a large number of small cargo ships were discharged from service. In the early days, it was mostly old coastal cargo ships converted to residential vessels. Today, living on a houseboat is anything but easy or even cheap. The berths available in European cities are in great demand and expensive, and many residential ships are imaginative and technically complex refits that outshine many designer lofts.

Adding to this are a rising number of newly constructed houseboats, designed by architects, stylish and modern - to be seen in Amsterdam, Paris or London as well as in increasingly more ports along the coasts or inland waterways. In many cities of our neighbouring European countries houseboats and floating homes of all kinds have been a familiar sight in the cityscape for many decades, and almost always the surrounding parts of the city have grown more colourful, lively and attractive with the boats. We are not at that point in Germany yet. Yet, there are only a few houseboats in the big cities like Hamburg or Berlin, and it is apparently easier to find suitable berths in the smaller coastal towns; especially along the Baltic coast, there is a lot going on there.

From a technical point of view, the easier solution is to have a fixed berth for your houseboat and have it connected to the local supply and disposal networks. But politically it is rather more difficult. Simply because the demand for houseboat berths currently exceeds the supply by far. It is not always clear which local authority is responsible, and often areas directly adjacent to the water are designated as purely commercial areas in which residential homes are not permitted. Other hurdles are boat traffic, tidal range or nature conservation issues. On top of that, the licensing procedure for houseboat moorings is still new territory for the authorities, so the issue is often handled carefully and with great restraint.

It gets easier, if the houseboat is officially licensed as a recreational boat. In this case, for example, it can also be moored in marinas. However, this option also has its difficulties in terms of technical complexities: it is not always easy to connect to the supply and, above all, disposal lines. You may need either a wastewater tank on board that is emptied regularly or an on-board sewage treatment plant. And not every houseboat licensed officially as a "recreational boat" is actually suitable for navigation: a small outboard engine attached to a house on a rather large pontoon may just be enough to help manoeuvring if, for example, the berth has to be changed within a marina, but hardly for more navigation.

Whether it is to be a sports boat or a floating real estate, the question already decides about the "foundation" on which the floating home will be constructed. Options include floats made of seawater resistant aluminium or concrete. Both materials have their advantages, both are as good as maintenance free. For the sports boat option it would have to be aluminium, and a concrete float may be too heavy for some berths - after all, like so often, it is a question of the actual conditions and requirements. Solutions are as individual as the houseboats and their inhabitants.

Once again, everything changes when it comes to houseboats actually made for navigating on the water. These, obviously, have to be fully navigable and seaworthy ships, but equipped for permanent residence on board. Most popular in this category are converted inland cargo vessels, mainly from the Netherlands, but also from Belgium or France, which, at some 20 to 30 meters in length, eventually became too small to carry any freight profitably; but they are of ideal size to make a residence. They offer a lot of space on board and, with a little practice, they can even still be navigated. However, these ships may be 100 years or even older and not all of them are in perfect condition. Make absolutely sure to get an experts opinion before even thinking about signing a contract to buy such a boat. Several brokers, especially in the Netherlands, have specialized in the brokerage of such moving live-aboard vessels.

To try and test it, a good first step is to spend an extended holiday on a small, mobile holiday houseboat as offered for charter by many exhibitors in the Travel World in Hall 13 of boot Düsseldorf. Such a holiday houseboat is at about ten to 12 meters significantly smaller than real houseboats or floating homes for living aboard, but they also offer all the comfort that you can expect on boats of this size and for the purpose of a relaxing holiday cruise as a newcomer to houseboats.

Usually, houseboats offered for charter holidays feature a more or less standardised layout: At least two cabins with bunks, shower and toilet, a well-equipped kitchen or pantry, a cosy saloon as main living room, often with a good panoramic view of the outside. Most boats have a large outside deck area or terrace. Of course, there is electricity, hot and cold water as well as a heating system for cruises early or late in the season. Almost all boats feature a bathing platform or, at least, direct access to the water at the stern. Such boats are available for charter on many great European inland waterways like in Germany, the Netherlands, France, England, Poland or Ireland.


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three hulls (tri) are more sexy than two (cat), two hulls moer than single hull boats :-) 

official boat press release: 11.01.2018 - trend report

Multihulls on the rise…
Current trends in multihull yachts to be seen at boot Düsseldorf 2018

At boot Düsseldorf 2018, the latest trends in catamarans and trimarans will be on show and visitors can experience in direct comparison how the market of new boats is currently set up - roughly speaking, it is split between fast multihulls for sailing purists and luxurious cruising cats for living on the water. 

There are, for example, the Outremer 4X and 51, designed consistently for fast blue water cruising: robust and practical in their handling, with a good sailing performance yet still offering great living comfort on board. The majority of shipyards have placed the issue of comfort ever more clearly at the centre of their yacht design. The flybridge, a classic motor yacht feature which was quite daringly introduced to multihulls by Lagoon some time ago, is now to be found on quite a few sailing catamarans. An interesting, new concept. 

This development from pure performance catamarans to more comfort and luxury on board is, maybe, best exemplified by Catana, which were once really fast but rather sparse multihulls. Over the years they grew more and more comfortable in character. However, Catana has not at all lost sight of their aim to design fast and well-sailing catamarans at the same time. As an example, the shipyard stays true to the concept of centreboards. One such design is the almost classic Catana 47, light yet solidly built with carbon fibre laminates in all the important places; sailing well and comfortable, designed for circumnavigating the world as well as sailing in your local waters.

If you are sailing in southerly destinations or even in tropical waters, where on-board living almost always takes place on deck outside, any multihull yacht has obvious and big advantages over monohulls due to its larger deck and cockpit areas. Especially as the cockpit and the saloon are usually on one level, often even the kitchen, too. Even years ago, Nautitech has consistently pursued and developed this concept, with hardcover cockpits. But this development came to an end only with the Nautitech Open 40 and its bigger sister, the Open 46, on which interior and exterior spaces almost fluently merge into each other. Perfect for a cruising or charter yacht, especially if it is intended for ailing warm destinations.
Catamarans designed for the yachtcharter market, such as Leopard, Bali of Catana or Fountaine-Pajot, constitute a category of their own, which is, in fact, also rather popular with yacht owners for family and holiday cruising. Also, most Nautitech models (now: Bavaria Nautitech) have always been conceived as charter catamarans, but in this market segment they, too, have great popularity among private owners who appreciate uncomplicated handling and comfortable living space.

In regard to performance there is one easily recognizable feature that makes the difference: centreboards. Sailing catamarans with centreboards are sailing faster. Although this is a sweeping statement, it is almost always true. Simply because centreboards with their long and narrow profiles are that much more effective when sailing upwind compared to long, shallow keels. A major issue when talking about performance. 

There are, however, good reasons also to have cruising cats equipped with keels. Such keels are easier and cheaper to build, uncomplicated in daily operation as nothing can get stuck or start rattling. Cats with keels can fall dry easily, as they just sit on their keels, rudders and sail drives well protected. It is just when you want to sail really fast that centreboards will be your first choice. As will be a light rigg with masts made from carbon with PBO stays rather than aluminium masts with stainless steel stays.

Today, there are tailor made multihulls for every purpose, taste and personal preference. To be seen and compared best at the world’s leading boat show, boot Düsseldorf.


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