January 15, 2024

Dusseldorf 2024 Boat Show Preview

Its that important time of January when the Dusseldorf's boat show, what is the largest fully enclosed and internal featured exhibition sets the stage.  The 2024 edition of Dusseldorf starts on Saturday twenty and will end on Sunday 28 January what is nine days of boating paradise for an international community.  Debuting new models to be presented in Dusseldorf 2024 for the first time are the following; Botnia Targa 41, Fairline Targa 40, Omikron OT60, Solaris 52 Coupe, WallyPower50, and Windy 29 Huracan. 
The Boot which is the short name the Dusseldorf boat show made it's signature over the years debuted in November 1969 in Fisherstrabe, Dusseldorf.  An idea of Kurt Schoop the first Boot edition was called NOWEA acronym for Nordwestdeutsche Ausstellungsgesellschaft which translates to North-West-German Exhibiting Company had 34,000 visitors, with 116 exhibitors from seven nations showing boats and yachts and related products.  For it's second edition the following year, the Boot name starts to be used with exhibitors expanding to 183 from 25 nations.  In 1972 the Boot moved to its current location to the North of Dusseldorf and in close proximity to the airport, in an area with 50,000 square metres of space and also changed to its current January dates. This move will put the Boot in the World Boat show map and in the following year sets a new record of 307 exhibitors from 41 countries which will welcome a total of 85,751 visitors.  The visitors record will keep going up with 207,000 in 1977, and then 247,000 in 2016 its current record.  Another area of expansion has been that of the always expanding size of the Boot with the largest ever featured yacht coming in 2006 from the German build Kaiserwerft 40.5 Baron forty meter of length super yacht.  Dusseldorf only cancellation came in the 2021 and 22 Covid pandemic years, with a risk cancellation coming in 2003 and the Rhine floods of that Winter.

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