The Düsseldorf Boat Show has attracted 1,650 exhibitors from 60-plus countries

Despite persisting strain on Europe’s boat markets ‘boot Düsseldorf’

has attracted a strong turn-out this week, say organisers.

A total of 1,650 exhibitors from more than 60 countries

are displaying their new yachts, water sports equipment

and maritime services in the 17 halls of Düsseldorf’s exhibition centre.


Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe

Düsseldorf, said: ‘Given the current difficult economic climate this is a great

success.

‘Many exhibitors have

announced extended ranges and are using boot Düsseldorf as the premiere

show for their new models.’

The week-long event will finish this Sunday, 26 January.

According to Jürgen Tracht, managing director of the Federal

Association of German Watersports Industries (Bundesverband

Wassersportwirtschaft – BVWW), the hopes of European boat

manufacturers for a major recovery from the 2008 financial and economic

crisis have not been fulfilled but developments point to improvements next year.

Buyers at ‘boot 2014’ are spoilt for choice, with 11 of the 17 exhibition

halls dedicated to yachts driven by sail, motor or even muscle

power.

A total of 440 shipyards, dealers and importers are presenting 1,700 vessels ranging from luxury yachts to canoes and dinghies.

The show not only offers a

huge range of boat equipment but is also said to be ‘the largest maritime travel market and the

largest diving sport fair in the world’.

On the water fun

Visitors to the boat show can enjoy activities such as wakeboarding, skim-boarding, paddle-boarding,

sailing, diving, canoeing and angling.

A new Sailing School offers live sailing fun with

dinghies under expert guidance on an indoor pool in the centre of Hall

14. Wind machines ensure sufficient breeze.

Meanwhile, boat owners wishing to gain expert advice can visit the Refit Centre in Hall 11 and find out which jobs can be DIY and when it makes sense to employ a professional.

The show is open daily from 18 to 26 January from 10am to 6pm.

Visit www.boot.de

Pictures credited to: Messe Duesseldorf