Flashback BOOT DüDo. Willkommen an Bord der Silbermanufaktur.

Eine Messe hat ja auch den Vorteil, dass man auf Sachen stößt, die zuvor nicht auf dem Radar gewesen sind. Robbe&Berking zum Beispiel kannte ich als Firma für Silberbesteck und ich brachte es auch mit klassischen Yachten in Zusammenhang; mehr wusste ich aber nicht.

BOOT Düsseldorf Robbe & Berking  BOOT Düsseldorf Robbe & Berking

Auf der Boot Düsseldorf waren wir gerade noch bei der America´s Cup Pressekonferenz und wollten gerade weitergehen, als mir der Robbe & Berking stand in´s Auge gefallen ist. Diese riesige Wand mit der Historie der America´s Cup Yachten, eine klassische Motoryacht und eine Tafel eingedeckt in Silber haben mich dann doch sehr fasziniert.

BOOT Düsseldorf Robbe & Berking  BOOT Düsseldorf Robbe & Berking

Kurz darauf hatten wir auch schon ein sparkling Glaserl in der Hand. Wobei Glaserl der falsche Begriff ist, es war der Martele 90 Champagnerkelch, der mich in den Bann gezogen hat. So sehr, dass ich mir schon dachte eine Hand voll davon bei mir an Bord zu nehmen. Was natürlich auf einer MELGES 24 auf dem Ammersee dekadent und seltsam ist, aber andererseits auch sinnvoll. Am Stand von Robbe & Berking wurden wir überzeugt von den Vorzügen von Silber und ja; hab´s verstanden. Plötzlich meldete sich hier auch mein Unterbewusstsein zum Thema Silber. Ein Thema was an dieser Stelle in Corona Zeiten auch nicht unterschätz werden darf ist die Wertbeständigkeit. Ein Tischset kostet natürlich ein Vermögen, aber es bleibt auch wertbeständig. Davon abgesehen hat es wirklich Stil.

Robbe Berking Boot Düsseldorf  BOOT Düsseldorf Robbe & Berking

Bei meinen Eltern Zuhause hatten wir nur Silberbesteck. Das war meinem Vater wichtig. Er war aber auch sehr auf Stil und klaasische Werte bedacht, ohne aber nun abgehoben oder zu traditionell zu sein. Er legte aber viel Wert auf Klassiker, auch im Geiste. Das fängt bei Veramtwortung und Bildung an, geht über segeln bis hin zu Bauhaus, classic Cars und speziellen Leuchten. Also alles mit Bedacht, keine Angeberei. Dieses Silberdenken hat sich irgendwie auch bei mir eingeprägt. Nach wilden WGs habe ich mir für meine erste eigene Wohnung auch Silberbesteck gekauft. Auf der Auer Dult in München. Das habe ich noch heute und liebe es. Die Messer sind gut ausbalanciert und ich schau es gerne an. Die Alternativen aus einem schwedischen Möbelhaus kickten mich nie. Bin froh, mein Silber zu haben und zukünftig werde ich mich mit dem Thema noch mehr beschäftigen. Vorher aber werde ich in den Norden reisen, um mir das Robbe & Berking Heritage Center anzusehen. Das muss wirklich faszinierend sein. Bis dahin müssen wir aber vorher noch Corona in Griff bekommen. Bis dahin bleiben wir alle erstmal leider im Hafen.

BOOT Düsseldorf Robbe & Berking  BOOT Düsseldorf Robbe & Berking


DOMANI – The Performance Cruiser for today.

At the first of May the season at Lake Starneberg startet with a HighLight for HighTide.cc. The Münchner Yachtclubt was running the Starnberger Segeltage. That´s a cool Event for all the local Dealers, shipyards and partners. Above that a few big players like Torqeedo or DOMANI YACHTS where also part of that event in Possenhofen at Lake Starnberg. eMobility was a big bi$$ topic at that event. There were a lot of possibilities for smaller crafts with In that eMobility Context DOMANI Yachts were best practice example for a electric saildrive. That was a fantastic season opening at this beautiful lake.

DOMANI YACHTS Starnberger Segeltage Torqeedo

Starnberger Segeltage Promo Flotte Starnberger Segeltage L95

I met Michael Goddaert, the founder of DOMANI, direct at the Münchner Yachtclub, or rather I came and the DOMANI was quite entering the dock. Which means I had not the time to change the shoes, I was direct jumping aboard. The weather was sunny and a bit too cold for short trousers in the beginning of May.



In 2017 I heard the first time about DOMANI. A friend of HighTide told me about a stunning new performance cruiser with elegant lines and a sundeck. That sounds fast including a Gin Tonic. The first look at the BOOT Düsseldorf in January 2018 gets in line with expectations. She was standing there in a pure white colour, noble with style. The sundeck cannot be denied. When you enter the cabin the cladding is the first you will notice. It´s like the pattern of a exclusive seat of a BMW 7series.



Over the year the DOMANI YACHT CREW improved lots of things. They told me, but I can´t compare. Now it´s the first time that I can feel the boat on the water, in my hood, on my lake. That´s my personal advantage.

First of all, for a bavarian lake it´s quite big. Not just from the size, the whole technical features are more fitted for a coastal cruise than for a lake. The yacht ist packed for much more than a day cruise. It´s easy to go to Croatia with it. At least it´s perfect for the BVI or Mallorca. Yes, you can live on it.



In the beginning I had the chance to get a feeling for the boat and for the Torqeedo Sail Drive. It´s a new experience for me to handle the motor of a boat in such a size by by hand throttle. But it´s fine and very comfortable. After Lunch a marina maneuvers we get wind a made another trip under sail. Now I really got the sailing performance of the yacht. The black sails are impressive and when you hoist the Code 0 the power is on. The DOMANI reacts very fast and transfers the gusts direct into speed. That´s the advantage of the Bavarian Lakes, you don´t have a constant wind. That´s great for boat tests. So far so good. The boat is running well, the carbon mast and the whole rig looks good. Now we have to compare where are our victims? We saw a few H-Boot and a Schärenkreuzer. Ready for rumble. It was easy to get in the near of them. Competing with the H-Boot was quite boring. That was too easy. Next check, how high can we go. We get into the waterway of the Schärenkreuzer; he was going clause-hauled, but it was easy for the DOMANI to get higher.

schärenkreuzer J/70

Starnberger Segeltag Test Törn DOMANI YACHTS

Allright, that´s the performance Cruiser you need. You will get it for the price of a CARRERA, but here you will get more Carbon and a waiting list of beauties who will be part at your next cruise. At the end it´s very cosy aboard with very special cushions and don´t forget the drink.

DOMANI Yachts cushion fabrics DOMANI YACHTS DRINK


Andiamo in scena DOMANI sera.

Maybe it´s the proximity to the lakes near Munich, that I have a passion for Daycruisers and Daysailers. I like the minimal setting, the performance and at least the possibility for living aboard. Whereupon a classic daycruiser like a TRIAS or a MELGES 24 is not built for overnights. In the past the International 806 was the definition of a boat for the weekend. At the end the International 806 is a TRIAS with a cabin and the technical status of the 70ies. I know, all the H-Boot fans will give me beef now. No, I have not forget you. Unfortunately I´ve just never found the way to the H. That´s a personal thing. Perhaps it is too familial for my.

HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf

If you can understand what I mean, the DOMANI is exactly yours. The ultimate compact yacht for exclusive sailing sensations.

We had a few posts regarding the DOMANI Daycruiser on HighTide and Insta over the last years. It is still the most stylo boat under 10 meters in the competitive environment. Ideal for Lakes an the Inshore Area. On the Boat Fair BOOT Düsseldorf 2019 we had another look at the fair and there was a very special DOMANI S30. Paintet in a special grey with deck a deck cushion in Britisch Racing Green. It´s a stunning combination, especially when you combine it with dazzling colours for e.g. the traveller.

HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf

Above that DOMANI YACHTS is leading in electric mobility aboard. You can get the Boat with a Torqeedo Cruise Pod. Now we are back at the perfect performance cruiser for a lake. Imagine that, isn´t that a perfect combination.

HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf

HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf light mood HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf lichtmood

Unfortunately I haven´t been on the boat till now, perhaps I can tell you more that days, cause the wharf has a sales week at the Lake of Starnberg this week. The conditions are fine, but could be better. We are expecting just 5kn of wind with a cloudy sky. We will see.

HIghTide Gentlesailing DOMANI S30 BOOT Düsseldorf

BOOT Düsseldorf / Therefore it´s made out of Aluminum

The Daycruiser SUPERLOUNGER 8500 was one of the most citied boats of the BOOT Düsseldorf in 2019. Everybody was captivated by it´s progressive design. We had a spy view before the fair was opened and we were excited. The lines are new, the colour unique and the interior is different. Especially the hull is really radical and looks like a IMOCA Racer. Above that there are all the things you want to have. There´s a wavepiercer bow, a Fat-Head, double-rudder and last not least a wheel. Really? All that on a Daycruiser? That´s what we need. Finally one brave man built a performance-cruiser for the weekend. A Daysailor which is fast, very stylo and there´s ist no need to compare with others in the sense of one-design. It´s build for the sailors who will have a fast boat for the daytrip, with a performance and the sense for luxury and chilling. For that clientele they installed a champagne cooler. By the way, if there is no wind, the SuperLounger is driven by a electric inboarder. You see, e eMobility is really a topic at the fair.

Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet

Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet

Where do I have to sign. My senses get activatet. There is just one question. Why does it have to be in aluminum? Is there a chance to get it in GFK? No, there´s no chance. It´s just available in Alu, cause this little yacht is the passion of the wharf named ALUFLEET. They are experts for working boats. The Speedlounger 8500 is their passionate boat which they build up to show what is possible.

eMob Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet aluminum

At the end you can sail in December on a Bavarian Lake and with the aluminum finish you will have the feeling of arctic sailing in south of Munich. All in all it´s a perfect boat, in a cool size with a rough look in detail. That means, you have to love the aluminum.

 Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet aluminum Superlounger 8500 Daycrusier boot düsseldorf alufleet aluminum

Warum es am Ammersee knallt, oder eben nicht.

Bald beginnt wieder die Segel Saison im 5Seen Land. Grund genug, sich nochmals mit dem Bayerischen Wetter zu beschäftigen. Da ist es natürlich großartig, wenn der Heimatverein Dießen zum Wetterseminar einlädt. In Bildern kann ich nun gar nicht soviel berichten. Das war einer der Abende, wo man einfach dabei gewesen sein muss. Der ehemalige Leiter des Meteorologischen Observatoriums Hohenpeißenberg des Deutschen Wetterdienstes (DWD), Herr Dr. Peter Winkler führte zusammen mit Carina Eickmann durch den Abend.

Ammersee Wetter Föhn Wetterlage Wetterseminar Ammersee Wetter

Ich selbst sehe die Wetterprognose ja immer wie eine MaFo im Marketing; Du musst es checken, am Ende aber entscheidest Du, ob die raus gehst. Das Wetter ist ein chaotisches System mit vielen Faktoren.

#SeriousFact des Abends für mich war die Erkenntnis, dass ich an einem schönen Sommertag z.B. in Garmisch die Luft aus München atme. Eigentlich logisch, nur diese Gedanken macht man sich eben nicht. Zur Erklärung. Der Ammersee ist immer kälter als der Alpenraum. Dort steigt die warme Luft auf und zieht die kalte Luft des Sees nach. So entsteht der Nordwind. Logisch, das wussten wir. Bei Nacht ist es dann genau andersrum. Daher haben wir in der Früh den Südwind am Ammersee. Das ist das Alpine Pumpen, um in der Sprache der Bayerischen Wetterfrösche zu bleiben.

Wetterseminar Ammersee Wetter Wetterseminar Ammersee Wetter

Das erklärt eben auch, warum Pestizide in Bergseen festgestellt werden. Laut Peter Winkler wurde an so manchem Bergsee eine höhere Pestizidbelastung gemessen als dort, wo die Chemie gespritzt wurde; das ist schon hart. Überhaupt hat Dr. Winkler eine gute Art, die Themen rüberzubringen. Da würde ich glatt nochmals hingehen, wenn er nochmals spricht. Vielleicht gibt sich ja nochmals eine Chance, wenn der Heimatverein nochmals einen Event dieser Art organisiert. Ich selbst habe davon ja über einen Freunde erfahren, der in der Segler Gemeinschaft Utting (SGU).

Wetterseminar Ammersee Wetter Gewitterwalze Ammersee Wetter Wetterseminar Ammersee Wetter Haufenwolken cumulus schäfchenwolken ammersee wetterseminar

Wie machen wir es nun mit dem Wetter am Wochenende? Ich selbst checke immer auf folgenden Apps:



Last not least die Großwetterlage für Bayern über den DWD.

BOOT Düsseldorf / BRENTA is the key to style.

BRENTA is a always a sign of style. It´s pure, functional and it delivers performance. The big boats of the wharf are always a statement on the oceans. Above that there are the smaller ones, the daycruisers which are at least stunning.

boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser

What do you know about the wharf? I was wired, cause I saw quite two similar boats at the fair. Just with a difference of 3ft. Both are called Brenta in a way. On the other hand the formal name of both stands were B-Yachts. Strange isn´t it? I tried to get an explanation and I got it. Unfortunately I don´t get the point. I can´t explain it to you. It sounds wired and strange. That´s not the thing you wanna hear, I know. Give me a try to explain.

boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser

boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser

Everybody knows BRENTA, yeah its a massive chain of mountains in Italy. The sailors among us will think about the yachts and perhaps that amazing Italian Millionaire who also owns a Brenta. O.K. Back to the story. At the end there ist no wharf called Brenta, but there is Luca Brenta. He´s an convinced yachtsman an designer. He also made a designs for Wally and anytime he did his own boat together with his partner Michael Gillhofer. After years of collaboration, they decided to go their own way. At least everybody of them keep their spirit and they build their yachts very well. One of them is based in Austria and the other company is still in Italy, run by Luca Brenta´s daughter.

boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser

boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser boot düsseldorf brenta b-yacht performance cruiser

Both boats looks quite same. The cockpit layout, the deck or the interior; quite similar. I can´t see any differences. Indeed I suspect that they will have the same performance on the water. No matter what, I would like to be aboard on one of them. Both are my highlights at the BOOT Düsseldorf 2019. More pix of the fair on: www.Instagram.com/HighTide.cc


BOOT Düsseldorf / Economy Class with the VIKO S35

If you love clean hotels, services and no hassle; charter is the key. So do I. That´s also fine when you are not living at the seaside, in Barcelona, Boston oder Kiel. Above that it´s cheaper to do the charter. Yeah we are talking from quite normal charter between the Caribbean sea or the Mediterranean. We are not talking about a WALLY Charter, or getting the ENDEAVOUR for a week.


That´s cool, that´s fine and than you see the VIKO S35 at the BOOT in Düsseldorf, and the calculator on your iPhone ist counting by itself. What happened? You got pulse when you saw the lines of the „right size boat“ with a dumping price. All in all we´re talking about 100.000 EUR, ready for sailing. Suddenly you don´t think about the next charter trip. Your mind is checking the next possible mooring area.


The boat is stunning with it outstanding and progressive design. There are sexy edges and a modern light interior. The look of a performance cruiser. Compared with that price it is really a boat which you will have. The workmanship is much better than some of the more expensive competitors. That´s a deal for a 5 years project. Buy it, use it as often you can and sell it before it´s getting stressfull and expensive like all older boats.


The wharf itself is in the middle of poland. Maybe you know all the boats of them. They are much smaller, but they all have typical design lines. I look at them till years, cause of their design ideas. Unfortunately I had no interest till now, cause in my eyes the focus was too much on living aboard on small boats; keyword headroom an toilet on too less length.

Above that there are the doors to the front cabin. They are opening into the saloon. That´s a thing which just the prototype has. The serie will oben in the front cabin. Like the way it is like on a Dufour 350 GL. Which ist the quality competitor.


The only thing which I don´t like is the very high coaming. That´s not my style, but at the end it´s comfortabel, especially with kids. Have a look if you need a cheap alternative instead of charter. Tell me about your considerations. Write me on Alex@HighTide.cc


BOOT Düsseldorf / eMobility meets #GentleSailing

eMob is one of the hot topics at the boat fair in DüDo. No wonder that Nautors Swan adopt that topic sovereign with style at the premier of the SWAN 36. Maybe the right move to make eMob to a force on the water.

At the end it´s a TriOperation. BMW i supplies the batteries, Torqeedo builts the eMotor and both parts will find their place in the race yacht itself. The premier will take place in May, direct in racing.

Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf Battery Pack Torqeedo Boot Düsseldorf

The innovative electrified drive of the ClubSwan 36 race yacht is to be powered by the latest generation of lithium ion batteries by BMW i. The zero-emissions drive system in the new model will incorporate the specialist skills of BMW i, the electric boat drive manufacturer Torqeedo and the Finnish yacht maker Nautor’s Swan.

Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf  ClubSwan 36 Boot Düsseldorf

The ClubSwan 36 as a one-design carbon race yacht that combines all the advantages of dinghy and keelboat sailing. For this particular project, Torqeedo enhanced their Cruise 10.0 electric drive to incorporate BMW i battery technology.

The high-performance batteries that power the BMW i3 and i8, are already an established component of Torqeedo’s DEEP BLUE motor systems. The underwater propeller acts as a hydro generator while the yacht is sailing but disappears into the hull during regattas. That´s sounds strange to me. OK I get the Idea. You will always have strange feeling when the prop is out? It´s just performing in racing when the prop is in? Ok, at a normal sailing boat the prop is always out, which makes it slower; it´s the feeling, you know. If you can put it in, I will always sail without the propeller. 

Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf Nautors swan Club Swan 36 Boot Düsseldorf

We will see. After May we will have the first results how it works. After that the Club Swan 36 will be at the Rolex Cup in St Tropez in June, and the Copa del Rey in Palma de Mallorca in July. Mallorca will also host the first one-design regatta with five boats of this type in October of this year.

Copyright for all pix by Nautor´s Swan.




Recap BOOT Düsseldorf / Inspiring Walkaround

3 days are much to less for a visit a the boat show in Düsseldorf. It´s OK when you don´t have appointments, than you run across the halls and get a catch everywhere. That was my experience years ago. Nowadays it´s quite difficult to look every booth of your choice in detail.

Nevertheless I will show you today my drive-by perspectives of the fair. At the end there is so much more to see. That year for example I haven´t been on any speech in one of the panels in the specific halls. That´s a must for next year.

Sunbeam Yachts Sunseeker Yachts BOOT Düsseldorf

Sarch Boot Düsseldorf Sarch Boot Düsseldorf

The SARCH S6 is a one-of Daysailer which is eye catching. It has all the elements you are searching for. The Fat-Head, wavepiercer bow, modern cockpit and gennaker. All in all it looks quite economical and rought. At the end, maybe the boat the mass will have for the weekend. Whereas Sunseeker is not something for the mass but at least fascinating.

Drachen BOOT Düsseldorf Dragon Fly Catamaran Boot Düsseldorf

DSV new Logo Boot Düsseldorf DSV new Logo Boot Düsseldorf

On Saturday we had the logo launch of the Deutscher Segel Verband (DSV). That was quite free of emotions but there was at least a yummy cake. Do you see the difference to the previous logo?

Teakdeck Boot Düsseldorf Dehler Yachts Design Boot Düsseldorf

Wood is always a topic in boat design. There are so many kinds of wooden deck possibilities. That´s really amazing. What do you think about the round design of the new Dehler interior design? I like the outside of the yachts very much, but the inside is not so mine.

be Foil 16 Foiler catamaran boot düsseldorf Dehler 25 Refit Boot Düsseldorf

Yeah, that´s a plastic foiler for sailing schools, which is easy to foil and everything of the boat is very solid. Good idea. I like it. It´s also interesting for family-foiling at the weekend with kids. That´s the idea. The concrete opposite of foiling is the Dehler 25. The construction is around 30 years old and it was my dream when I was a child. In the 80ies it was also promoted as a family boat. Now the YACHT Magazine made a refit with high-tec materials and put it into the now. The result is amazing and the idea was outstanding for a conservatice print magazine.

Jeanneau Coffee Boot Düsseldorf Beneteau Figarp 3 Foiler Boot düsseldorf

BOOT Düsseldorf / The Foiling Dinghy

Foiling and eMob on the water are two major topics at the fair that year. When we were cruising across Hall 15 I saw in the corner of my eye a fat-head North Sail on a dinghy and I had to stop. The lines were amazing. Like a LASER in 2019. Just a little bit smaller. The Design is outstanding. A Wavepiercer Bow, a fat T-Foil rudder and one foiler on each side. Both parts are made out of carbon fibre. The orange of the foils are made for me. I like those coloured gadgets. It´s called THE FOILING DINGHY, short TFD. That´s also the name in the North sail.

The Foiling Dinghy The Foiling Dinghy

I met Catarina who invented that boat together with her love, the A-Cat Pro-Sailor Thilo Keller. They are very enthusiastic and I can understand it. The boat is stunning and with a price of around 12.000 EUR fine. Think about that technology. It´s a sexy foiler, state of the art in sailing. Much better than a Laser and cheaper than a MELGES 14. OK both are bigger, but at the end, all of them are small boats for singel-handed sailing. Perfect. If I will be critical, yeah, the finish of the hull and the deck is not perfect, but we will see how the first „TFDs“ will do their job.

The Foiling Dinghy The Foiling Dinghy

I think it´s the right boat at the right time. I still think about a new olympic class when I see it. Above that it is easy to handle and fast to sail if needed. I will keep an eye on it and in season 2019 the first boats will be available at Steinlechner / Ammersee; my lake. Hopefully I will have the chance to get a ride with it.