The Hamburg International Boat Show – hanseboot – has trimmed its sails and set its course for its 55th call in the city. From 25 October to 2 November, 2014, the trade fair will open its doors for professionals, hobby captains, and beginners. The theme of this year’s event is “Northern Waters. Northern Lifestyle.”
The list of premieres this year is characterised by the strong presence of the high-demand ten to fifteen metre yacht segment. Hamburg’s own Hanse Yachts AG, for example, is making its debut with the Dehler 46 and Hanse 455 models. Bavaria is presenting its current range of 37 to 46-foot boats, and Bénétau’s range on display includes the new Oceanis 38.
Yachts for sport and yachts for the family
There are three more premieres in the 11 to 14-metre segment: the new Xc 45 Mk II from X-Yachts, the Nordship 430 DS Classic from Nordship in Denmark, and the Vilm 115 from Vilm Yachts in Lauterbach on the island of Ruegen. But while the concepts behind these new yachts vary widely, they all have one thing in common: they are as popular with ambitious racing crews as they are with families and leisure sailors, because they are equally well suited for regattas and for longer, comfortable tours.
Chartering is in
There are around 25 chartering companies in attendance at the hanseboot CharterForum, with the latest sailboats and motorboats on offer. Every day they are providing free, individual advice on the ideal preparation for a longer journey at sea, with practical tips, entertainment for young and old, and new, popular sailing grounds.
The Charter Hall, B1.OG, is the place to go for information on new and popular destinations, the latest sailboats and motorboats, and various charter concepts. Whether you are looking to charter bareboat, i.e. without a crew, or with a skipper and cook, or you just want a cabin, you will find advice and tips from day one until the end of the show.
“Chartering is in. Coastal and inland destinations close to home are especially popular with hanseboot visitors, but there is also a good deal of interest in destinations in the Mediterranean and further afield,” says hanse boot Project Manager, Heiko Zimmermann.
A hall just for canoes and kayaks
This year, for the first time, hanseboot has allocated a hall exclusively for canoeing and kayaking. Manufacturers, suppliers, tour operators and clubs are all exhibiting on the upper floor of Hall B4. And the Globetrotter Academy is on stage with information and tips on equipment, destinations and events.
And for the culturally minded: art maritim
“art maritim” – a forum for art lovers in the maritime industry – is once again presenting artists and their works for the Boat Show. 24 classic marine painters, freelance artists, designers, photographers and gallery directors are exhibiting and selling their works on the upper floor of B2.
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