boot Düsseldorf

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boot Düsseldorf
Logo of boot Düsseldorf
Genre Boat show and
watersports trade fair
Venue Messe Düsseldorf
Location(s) Düsseldorf, Germany
Inaugurated 1969
Attendance 246,700 (2012)
Organized by Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V.
Website
http://www.boot.de

The Düsseldorf International Boat Show (German: Internationale Bootsausstellung Düsseldorf), more commonly known as boot Düsseldorf or just boot[1] (German pronunciation: [boːt]) is one of the world's premier boat shows.

With some 1,600 exhibitors from over 50 countries, boot Düsseldorf is considered a benchmark for the international boat and water sports industry. Unparalleled at other major boat shows, large vessels up to 180 grt[2] can be looked on in their entirety, as the exhibition is a complete indoor event. Boot Düsseldorf is held annually at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany, for the duration of a week in the end of January.

History[edit]

boot Düsseldorf 2005
boot Düsseldorf 2007

The 1st Düsseldorf Boat Show was opened on 27 November 1969. It started with 116 exhibitors from eight countries, an exhibition space of 11,000 square metres and 34,000 visitors.[3] The following year 183 exhibitors presented yachts and water sports equipment on 21,000 sqm to 40,000 visitors. In January 1972, the boot was first held within the new and current Messe premises in Düsseldorf-Stockum and functioned as a forum for preparations of the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. In 1976, Canada became the first partner country of the Düsseldorf Boat Show. In 1979 a glazed 8 x 4 x 4 meter saturation diving tower (German: Tauchturm) by Preussag AG was presented at boot Düsseldorf. The 1981 show was themed "marine science", with underwater photography showcased by Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard.

Visitor numbers peaked in 1992 with just over 400,000 and have gone down since, while the number of exhibitors has overall stayed constant. Also during the early 1990s, super yachts were introduced in Düsseldorf. The Lisbon Expo '98 became partner of the boot in 1998, with the common theme "The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future" and presentations by French environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. The European Yacht of the Year Award was initiated by Yacht magazine in 2001 and since voted by eleven leading European sailing magazines and presented at boot Düsseldorf. Exhibition floor area reached a record 220,000 square metres at the show's 40th anniversary in 2008. The boot 2010 set records with over 150 premieres (of those twenty world premieres), among others for alternative fuel sailing and motor yachts.[4]

Year Exhibitors (domestic) Exhibitors (foreign) Exhibitors (total) Visitors (total) Visitors (foreign in %)
2002[5] 1,055 638 1,693 333,641 12%
2003[6] 1,012 640 1,652 307,054 13%
2004[7] 1,050 627 1,677 308,891 14%
2005[8] 1,034 641 1,675 281,206 17%
2006[9] 1,066 648 1,654 291,733 17%
2007[10] 988 653 1,641 261,744 16%
2008[11] 970 731 1,701 267,379 16%
2009[12] 923 693 1,616 238,000 18%
2010[13] 900 677 1,577 240,200 19%
2011[14] 897 685 1,582 252,441 16%
2012[15] 1,656 246,700 20%

The Düsseldorf International Boat Show is tailored as a professional trade fair, showcasing state of the art developments in the yacht and entire water sports industry. Next to sailing and motor yachts, diving is one of the most visited sections of the exhibition. The fact, it is located inland and at the heart of the European megalopolis, distinguishes it from e.g. the Salone Nautico Internazionale at Genoa, Italy, which is of a comparable size but more of a boat show in the proper sense. As a long-time partner of Kiel Week and an industry knowledge base, boot and boot.de is also the largest German internet portal for water sports.

2009[edit]

Production yacht introductions[edit]

Sailing yachts

Motor yachts

Concept yacht introductions[edit]

Sailing yachts

Motor yachts

2010[edit]

Production yacht introductions[edit]

Sailing yachts under 10 m (under 30 feet)

Sailing yachts 10 – 12 m (30 – 40 feet)

Sailing yachts 12 – 14 m (40 – 50 feet)

Sailing yachts over 14 m (over 50 feet)

Motor yachts

Concept yacht introductions[edit]

Sailing yachts

Awards[edit]

European Yacht of the Year[edit]

The European Yacht of the Year Award[16] was initiated by Yacht magazine of Germany at boot in 2001 and has since been voted in co-operation with national magazines Badnyt Denmark, Batnytt Sweden, Fare Vela Italy, Seilas Norway, Swissboat Yachting Switzerland, Voile Magazine France, Waterkampioen the Netherlands, Yacht Revue Austria, Yachting World England and Yate Spain.

European Yacht of the Year
Year category I
under 10 m
category II
10 – 12 m
category III
12 – 14 m
category IV
over 14 m
category V
Special award for innovation
2001
2002 Bénéteau First 27.7 Hanse 341 Hallberg-Rassy 40
2003 Dufour 34 Shipman 50 Dehler 47 Najad 511
2004 Dragonfly 920
2005 Esse 850 Jeanneau Sun Fast 35 Comet 45 Sport Hanse 461
2006 Elan 344 Impression Hanse 400 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45 Shipman 63 Etap 46 DS
2007 Elan 340 Salona 37 Dehler 44 X-55 Bénéteau First 50
2008 Jeanneau Sun Fast 3200 Sunbeam 34 Sly 42 Comet 52 RS Dragonfly 35
category I
Family Cruiser
category II
Luxury Yachts
category III
Performance Cruiser
category IV
Special Yachts
category V
Multihulls
2009 Bénéteau Océanis 31 X-Yachts Xc 45 Arcona 430 Saffier 26
2010 Dufour 405 Grand’ Large Hallberg-Rassy 372 Grand Soleil 46 Seascape 18 Outremer 49
2011 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 X-Yachts Xc 38 Elan 350 Saffier 23
2012 Bénéteau Océanis 45 Oyster 625 Pogo 12.50 Esse 750
2013 RM 1260 Italia 13.98 Dufour 36P J/70 Outremer 5X

European Powerboat of the Year[edit]

the Pershing 72, European Powerboat of the Year 2008 in the category 50 feet and over

The European Powerboat of the Year Award was initiated by BOOTE magazine of Germany at boot in 2005 and has since been voted in co-operation with national magazines Barche a Motore Italy, Neptune France, Marina CH Switzerland, Yachtrevue Austria, Batliv Norway, and Vene Finland.

European Powerboat of the Year
Year category I
under 10 m
category II
10 – 12 m
category III
12 – 14 m
category IV
over 14 m
category V
displacement yachts
category VI
Special award for innovation
2005 Pershing 62
2006 Windy Grand Tornado
2007 Sessa S 26 Fairline Targa 38 Sarnico Spider Azimut 62
2008 Goldfish 30SC Fjord 40 Open Sunseeker 43 Superhawk Pershing 72
2009 Bavaria 30 sport HT Marex 370 Aft Cabin Cruiser Ferretti 470 / Windy 44 Chinook Mochi Dolphin 54 Fly Linssen Grand Sturdy 40.9
2010 Frauscher 717 GT Boston Whaler 370 Outrage Bavaria Deep Blue 46 Jeanneau Prestige 60 Linssen 29.9 Nordic Edition Greenline 33 Hybrid
2011
2012 Four Winns S215 Cranchi 30 Endurance Nimbus 365 Coupé Jeanneau 500 Prestige Fly Bruijs Coaster 1400 Open Cockpit Goldfish 23eFusion
2013 Ryds F528 Duo Marex 320 AC Bavaria 420 Virtess Goldfish 50 Ocean Garcia Trawler GT54

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