Discover the history of boat building, maritime treasures and rarities
The "Classic Forum" has been part of boot Düsseldorf for 16 years now! In exhibition hall 14 of boot 2020 you can expect exclusive impressions of the history and development of boat building as well as a colourful and varied programme.
The programme at the booths E30 to H20 features exciting lectures, films, podium discussions and handicraft courses where you can get hands-on experience. In the "Kinder-Werft" (children's shipyard), young visitors to the fair can play under supervision. In addition, there will be a "Private Maritime Auction" for the ninth time, where original maritime objects including seaworthy boats will be up for auction. In addition, the "Classic Forum" at boot Düsseldorf always has many original boats from different eras on display to illustrate the developments in boat building over time.
14 boats from different eras of boat building are exhibited in the "Classic Forum" of the 51st boot Düsseldorf: Sailing boats from dinghies to skerry cruisers, sleek motorboats of the brands Riva and Boesch and even a steamboat. The oldest boat dates back to 1925 and the newest is currently under construction. Some of the boats on display will be restored live on site during the exhibition and six of the boats can be purchased at an auction on January 25th from 11.00 am.
The fascination of boat building & craftsmanship
Experience maritime craftsmanship up close
In addition to the boats and rarities on display, visitors to the fair can experience maritime crafts in action at the booths. Have a look at sailmaking, the making of ropes and "FancyWork". This includes, for example, the carving of figureheads or the creation of maritime paintings. The complicated construction of miniature ships down to 1:1250 scale from paper and wood can also be admired live. The crew of the "Classic Forum" will be happy to answer your questions with their comprehensive expertise, advice and practical help.
"Workshops" & "KinderWerft"
In order to complete the field of shipbuilding, the "Classic Forum" also organises workshops, so-called "short courses". In these courses, first the theoretical part is dealt with on a separate stage and then the hands-on part is taught at the exhibition booths. The duration of these courses is between 30 and 60 minutes in total, and visitors to the fair are cordially invited to become active themselves. In order to introduce even the youngest visitors of boot to boat building, the "KinderWerft" will be open again. The children will be supervised there during the day of the fair and for a small fee a small boat can be built or a craft set can be purchased.
On the stage of the "Classic Forum", a varied programme with a wide range of contributions on the subject of boat building will once again be presented during the fair. The lectures on historical, traditional and classical topics will be presented in cooperation with competent experts as well as scientists, and be accompanied by film footage and pictures. Panel discussions with audience participation on frequently discussed topics complete the presentations programme. On January 21st from 18.00 pm the 2nd Classic Forum Opti Sailing Race will take place in hall 15.
The highlight of the "Classic Forum" is the ninth "Private Maritime Auction", which traditionally takes place on the Saturday of the second weekend of the fair. In addition to ship models, various maritime equipment, pictures and paintings, original seaworthy motor and sailing boats will also be up for auction. The top starting price of the auction this time is 120,000 euros for the Rio "Espera Ta" motorboat from the 1960s. The auction is a very special event, as it is probably unique in Germany with its exclusively maritime orientation. A total of 75 objects and six full-size ships will be available to interested parties on January the 25th, 2020 from 11.00 am.