Here are some photos and feelings from this year’s Boot Düsseldorf. I had a chance to visit this the world’s largest indoor boat show on Tuesday, last week. One day was clearly too short time to visit this huge boat show, which has total of seventeen halls full of boats, water sports, equipment and various service providers. However, the highlight of the show was a rendez-vous with a current owner of ex-Dolphin Dance I, which is currently located in the Mediterranean.

In the equipment side, I was especially interested checking out solar panel system as we are planning to upgrade that for the next season. We are not looking for a new boat at the moment, but it is nice to keep up with the hottest trends in the sailing world.
/Antti

 

HR340 was the smallest Rassy on the show
Layout in HR340 has been completely changed from previous model 342. Galley is switched to the starboard side.
Toilet and shower in 340 is located in front of the main bulkhead, close to the owner’s cabin in the fore peak.
Chart table is not included anymore in the layout of the newest 34 footer on the line. 
Times are changing – all the HRs in the show had twin rudders. Largest ones also had stern thrusters for easier maneuvering.
HR57 was the largest Rassy in the show.

Saloon of HR57.
Nautor’s Swan presented luxurious 48ft model, which is their smallest boat in their Cruising line.
Ultra chic design of Swan 48. Notice the white teak deck caulking. 
When not in use, sprayhood is hidden under the teak deck
Fore deck lounge (Swan 48)
Garcia Exploration 52 is an interesting aluminium boat for adventure sailing.
Exploration 52
Hard doghouse on Exploration 52 provides good protection for the cockpit. Companionway doors are perhaps the most watertight that I have ever seen.
Pilothouse on Exploration 52
In the equipment side, I was especially interested checking out solar panel system as we are planning to upgrade that for the next season.