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hanseboot 2016 highlights trend towards motor sport

Exhibitors show what skippers love in fairgrounds and HafenCity. Refit centre gets reinforcements this year

The 57th hanseboot opens its doors from October 29 to November 6, 2016 in Hamburg’s fairgrounds and in Sandtorhafen in HafenCity to professional sailors, leisure skippers and beginners. New boats and yachts await visitors who can also glimpse the latest trends in the sector. Heiko Zimmermann, hanseboot Project Director, said: “Boat fairs reflect market developments to an extent,” adding, “The motorboat market continues to grow, as you can see at hanseboot.”

Stirring up enthusiasm for sailing

“Now it’s all the more important to win young people over to sailing,” Zimmermann noted. This year’s fair will have many introductory offers such as a dinghy newcomer’s area in Hall B3. This year, visitors will find impressive yachts in the in-water hanseboot harbour at Sandtorhafen in the HafenCity district near the new Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall. The 25.15-metre Oyster 825 is the longest and will be arriving in Hamburg from Southampton.

Exhibitors will also present small dinghies with outboard motors rated 900 hp and are likely to excite many skippers. Hall B7 presents products and services for motorboat newcomers with engines rated 15hp or less.

Trend towards used boats

BOATFIT will be part of the fair for the first time. Refit will be presented mainly on the ground floor of Halls B2 and B3, with BOATFIT exhibitors providing a complete programme – boat owners can undertake repairs and refurbishment of selected motorboats and sailing boats under expert guidance at the Refit Yard. Exclusive presentations and workshops complement the Refit centre.

Zimmermann said: “Refit is really trending. Water sports do not have to be expensive. The used-boat is the biggest market segment and beginners can find affordable used boats there and can renovate them with a bit of skill themselves.”

32nd “art maritime”

The 32nd art maritime will feature works by photographers, 22 painters, visual artists and gallery owners and will be on show and for sale. The oeuvres range from paintings, collages, calendars, sculptures and depicting exciting regattas, infinite expanses of ocean and stunning seascapes.

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