First yachts are lifted from the Rhine on their way to the exhibition centre
About a month before the start of boot Düsseldorf 2018 the first yachts are alread on their way to the city on the Rhine. The next big step towards the opening of the world's leading boat show! Until the beginning of boot 2018 on January 20th, 2018 ship crane "Big Willi" will be rather busy. Two elegant Italian yachts and one sleek Dutch boat were the first to be embraced by Big Willi's strong arms.
It had just turned eight in the morning when Big Willi started lifting the Absolute Navetta 58, the heaviest yacht of the day at 32 tonnes, out of the Rhine in his strong arms. Following its long journey from Podenzano in Italy, the elegant motor yacht went on to reach its destination in Hall 6 on the Düsseldorf exhibition site – the home of the luxury yachts at boot Düsseldorf. Navetta 58 is 17 metres long and offers power, comfort and state-of-the-art technology for a starting price of EUR 1.15 million.
The second yacht, another Absolute Yachts creation called Absolute 58 Fly, was scheduled for lifting at 10:00 a.m. and is one of the “Flybridge” model range. The 58 Fly is finished to a high quality and combines ergonomics and technology with Italian design, luxury and comfort. The motor yacht is 17.2 metres long and available for a price starting at EUR 1.23 million.
Third on the list just after lunch, the new Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop. In contrast to the two Italian yachts it will be on show in Hall 17 of the Düsseldorf exhibition site this year. The timeless “Linssen 500” from the Linssen shipyard in the Dutch town of Maasbracht weighs 30 tonnes, no unusual challenge for “Big Willi” who can manage up to 100 tons.
The new flagship of the Grand Sturdy range is suitable for both short and long trips. The Linssen 500 has three spacious cabins and a fully-equipped kitchen and is furnished to a high quality as standard. One of the many special features is the Variotop that gives the yacht its name. With this adjustable top, it is possible to change rapidly between a closed and open bridge at the press of a button. Such technology has its price: the Grand Sturdy 500 AC Variotop starts at a price of EUR 1.3 million.
Images of the first arrivals
Discover boot Düsseldorf 2018
boot Düsseldorf is the biggest boat and watersports trade fair in the world and is the place where all of the industry meets in January every year. More than 1,800 exhibitors, 900 of them from more than 60 countries apart from Germany, will be presenting their interesting innovations, attractive developments and maritime equipment again from 20. to 28. January 2018. This means that the whole of the global market will be coming to Düsseldorf, to provide an exciting insight into the entire water sports world for the nine-day exhibition in 16 different halls. The trade fair is open from 10:00 to 18:00 every day. Admission tickets can be ordered online at www.boot.de and printed out conveniently at home from mid-November onwards. As an additional feature, they entitle ticket holders to use the Rhine-Ruhr public transport system free of charge up to price level D / South Region.