2014 Boat Duesseldorf hails Dutch designs
The week-long show (at left, opening day 2013) attracts 250,000 or so visitors a year as well as more than 1,500 exhibitors and yachts of up to 180 tons. In 2014, the show salutes Dutch yacht building with no fewer than 7 European sail and motor boat of the year nominations. They are:
– Motor yachts:The North-Line 37 Pilotstyle, the Contest 52 MC, the Jetten 35 AC and Linssen’s TNCS 36 AC.
– Sail boats:the Winner 9,00, the Contest 42 CS and the Essence 33
Europe’s best newcomers are selected by the senior editors of 7 boating magazines from Norway, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. For 2014, they nominated 23 newcomers in 5 categories.
Every year, some 200 new boat models emerge on the market. The 2014 Duesseldorf show will take a hard look at a downside of that. Its hefty program of activities includes an international conference on how to dispose of old boats that clog up the market hindering sales of new and pre-owned vessels.
It is a pesky problem Europe-wide problem. Under the title “Disposal and recycling of recreational craft in Europe: status quo, prospects and opportunities,” the conference will look at national strategies and the potential of boat recycling as a profitable business model. The conference languages are English and German with simultaneous interpreting.