30 January 2020
There is a sense of optimism in the boating community following the conclusion of boot Düsseldorf after a hugely successful event. Visitors were enthusiastic about the wide-ranging programme and the enormous selection of products and services provided by the more than 1,900 exhibitors in the 17 halls on the exhibition site. The international water sports community was delighted by nine days in Düsseldorf with a mix of stimulating networking, successful business and memorable experiences.
Messe Düsseldorf CEO Werner M. Dornscheidt’s summary of the eventful days at boot 2020: “boot has developed into something far more than just a trade fair. It is an event with huge innovative and economic significance, while representing passion for water sports to a unique extent as well. In the past few days, the trade fair has demonstrated the amazing appeal boot has all over the world.”
More than 250,000 visitors from 106 countries made their way to Düsseldorf for boot 2020. Around a quarter of these were international visitors. Their home countries were mainly the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, France and, from overseas, the USA and Canada.
According to organiser, boot 2020 achieved a satisfaction rate of 96 percent among the visitors.
Axopar Boats presented the Axopar 37 range at the show. Introducing three new models, he Spyder,the Sun-Top and the cross-over, the XC Cross Cabin. They also announced that, due to current demand, they will be expanding production to a second site together with a new OEM partner located in Poland.
Co-founding partner, Jan-Erik Viitala, says: “The joint passion shared with Axopar owners all over the world keeps us motivated to develop the best possible products and ensure we stay ahead of the game at all times. We have listened to our customers and we are excited to reveal the new revolution of the Axopar 37 range.”
Meanwhile, Invictus Yacht unveiled the new GT 320 Atelier, a special version of one their Invictus models.
Sacs Marine revealed they are bringing back Strider 15 model. With Christian Grande in charge of the style project, this latest upgrade embraces the iconic style of its predecessor while updating its design. The straight bow is more accentuated than on previous models and brings a much more sporty look to the boat. The waterline is thus extended and performance improved.
Ferretti Group presented six superyachts for display, including the show premieres of the new Pershing 7X, and the Riva Dolceriva. They also announced six new projects, which mark the Group’s entry into two new market segments. Pershing’s new “TØ project” range sits in the market segment between 25 and 40 metres; while the group introduced the new Ferretti Yachts 500 and Ferretti Yachts 1000, the brands new flagship. Also, Riva will expand the fleet with the innovative 88′ Folgore and Wally will explore the world of outboard propulsion with 48 Wallytender X.
Princess Yachts showcased five show debuts including the F50, S62, S66, V55 and Y78. They also presented a life-sized Princess X95 main deck mock-up.
“This large proportion of international visitors shows that we are very well-prepared for the future with the boot concept”, explains boot Director Petros Michelidakis, who adds: “Here in Düsseldorf – in the heart of landlocked North Rhine-Westphalia, we really have succeeded in creating the most important international platform for water sports. boot demonstrated convincingly this year just how impressive the industry’s innovative skills are.
The focus was on alternative drive systems, boat construction from renewable raw materials and international ocean protection projects.”