Feb 8, 2018

Superyachts in Hall 6Superyachts in Hall 6 - Wow

As enjoyable as our shows are here at home, a trip over to Dusseldorf, Germany for the biggest European boat exhibition, boot, really adds some perspective. Besides the comprehensive array of power and sail boats that make your eyes pop and heart beat you’ll get up close to some boats that simply are too grand for us – superyachts that defy your imagination with size and luxury. Win the lottery, and then a second and you’re eligible.

It’s part of a January ritual in Europe that never grows old. Television news captures the images of stunning, huge (70 80 90-foot?) mega yachts being taken from the Rhine and trucked in motorcades then moved indoors with impossible looking lifts. And there they are for you to devour when you enter Hall 6.

That’s just a start: Hall 4 is packed with every conceivable smaller motorboat from the Four Winns, Wellcraft and Scarabs we know from home (and now part of the Beneteau empire) to more Euro looking small boats like Jeanneaus and a wealth of other brands we may not have ever seen on these shores. Then there are several Dutch and other boats aimed at displacement lower speed canal cruising.

Show Map BootIn Hall 5, the larger cruisers that will really catch your eye. Some European builders, like Italy’s Riva and Cranchi make incredibly high styled boats that drip with Mediterranean love. I took a long look at T36X ‘crossover’, which North South is bringing to Canada this season! What a looker “in collabrazione con Christian Grande” it combines sportboat with cruiser and you can probably throw in a couple of Italian movie stars to complete the picture.

Hall 6 is filled, this year with nine superyachts, half of Hall 15 has a collection of large sail cruising catamarans; the other half of the hall is packed with sleek one designs and luxury daysailers, none of which are for sale (or sail) on this side of the pond. The only major American sail brands – J Boats was in this hall with their new, and somewhat expensive in Euros, J121 award winner.

Boot 2018Hall 15and 16 are quite a payoff for sailors. Moody, X-Boats, Halberg-Rassy, Baltic, Waquiez, Dufour and several other major builders we don’t see join the important Dehler, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Hanse and the huge Bavaria World showcase – brands we do see but not in the panorama boot presents.

PlateThen, on top of all that, Hall 4 is packed with diving and ecology; Hall 7 just filled with maritime art; Hall 8 has ‘trendsport’ surfing, kites, paddling, skimboarding and so on; Hall 11 is equipment and accessories; Hall 12 adds fashion; 13 is all beach and destination resorts, houseboats, sportfishing and so on; Hall 14 is destinations, schools, charters and associations.

Here are the prerequisites: really comfortable shoes, perhaps three or four days and a love of all things boat-related. You’ll join 2,000 exhibitors and a quarter million visitors who share your enthusiasm.

-John Morris

Destinations

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An Abacos Adventure

Great Guana CayBy Mark Stevens; Photos by Sharon Matthew-Stevens

It’s a perfect Sunday morning jaunt.

We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set for a close reach out of a harbour guarded by a necklace of tiny emerald islands decorated by palms that dance in fifteen knots of wind.

Our boat, “Tropical Escape II” (perfect name for both the boat and our adventure), is a 44-foot Robertson and Caine catamaran, chartered from Sunsail’s Marsh Harbour base on Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island.

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Hanse 388

Hanse 388By Katherine Stone

The Hanse group produced their second most popular boat of all time with the Hanse 385. The trick was to build on that winning formula when they upgraded to the Hanse 388, which they have done in spades. The German build quality is first rate and true to the Hanse tradition. Leaving the hull the same with a steep stern and straight stem for an optimal long water line, they went with a slightly stiffer, heavier displacement, new deck, interior layout and window line. Hanse’s highly experienced yacht construction team, judel/vrolijk & co., have combined ease of sailing, comfort and performance into the newly designed Hanse 388.

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Ask Andrew - Winterization

Winterising your boatBy Andrew McDonald

‘Winterization’ is a broad term used to prepare an engine for extended storage – specifically through the winter season (when temperatures drop below the freezing point).

There are two main purposes for proper winterization: First, to protect the engine from freezing damage; second, to prepare the engine to be re-started easily after a lay-up.

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