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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

VIKO S35 BOOT DÜSSELDORF VIKO S35 BOOT DÜSSELDORF

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

BOOT Düsseldorf / Solaris Yachts

Everybody knows the SOLARIS booth at the BOOT Düsseldorf, cause the stand is outstanding since years. Unfortunately I haven´t had the chance to look at it in the last years, but due to a CRO Charter we had contact and I get an invitation to Solaris Sailing Yachts which changed my mind. The SOLARIS Yachts are really stunning. It´s a pity that I´ve never looked at them at the BOOT DüDo. They are in one class with all the SWANs and OYSTERs, just cooler, cause they´re not so obvious. At the end they build in such a quality that they are building carbon hulls also for other yards. The Wally 110 for example was build in the oven of SOLARIS in 2016.

Solaris Yachts stern Solaris Yachts

Solaris Yachts Solaris Yachts

On the first view the yachts are more than attractive. I like the craftmanship and the outstanding modern design. It´s really awesome how the work with the materials in the interior. They do it in a way I just saw at SWAN and Oyster before. By the way did your hear about the liquidation of OYSTER today? Horrible story? Cause of the keel? We don´t know. The keel is no topic for a SOLARIS. The keel is encapsulated by glass fibre and vinylester resin which extends up to the hull bottom and creates structual continuity and a barrier against corrosion of the cast iron.

Solaris Yachts Solaris Yachts Bath

Solaris Yachts Solaris Yachts

Design is a key-feature of a SOLARIS.  The ultra clean stylish look ist stunning. That´s my way of a clean deck policy.  The light interior and a clean modern design with the maximum beam astern, as in the modern ocean racers is unique in that class. Individual owners get on step further and live their detail-love with solar panels aboard and a special electric system aboard, which is kind of freaky, but outstanding. At the end all SOLARIS clients are special, which is standing for that brand and yard. All your dreams do come true aboard a SOLARIS with a perfect finish quality for gentle sailing, or let´s say: SAILING ITALIAN.

One special gimmick is the manner how they get the colour of the hull in a solaris. They have a special way how they bake the hull in their special oven. The  found a way that the colour of the hull is resistend again the UV-Light. That´s a USP for an amazing design. I would choose dark-blue, champagen or paint it black.

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One more specialty aboard the SOLARIS. They cooperate with ULTRA MARINE. Yeah that´s an anchor. Sounds funny to talk about that point, but honestly, that´s a important part on every yacht and that anchors are more than a tool. They are outstanding. I´ve visited their booth and since that point I know, the anchor ist more than that. No wonder that just SOLARIS works with ULTRA MARINE. That´s a good sign and that really makes sense. The mechanic which SOLARIS uses is to complicated for me. The anchor is hidden at the bow. You have to activate it with the Gennaker halyard. The good point, a SOLARIS is kind of semi-custome-made. For sure you can adjust it at the bow in a traditional way.

Solaris Yachts Anchor Solaris Yachts Solar Panel

All in all the SOALARIS makes your ideas come true. It´s a semi custom yacht which which combines all your creativity with an excellent design by the designer of the yard in a premium quality. In that class of yachts, SOLARIS must be a option to think about.

BOOT Düsseldorf / Nautors Swan 54 + Mock-up

When you think about a yard in Finnland than every sailor thinks about Nautors Swan. A name with magic, history and always a step ahead. Since decades they produce super yachts, high-end cruising yachts and carbon performance sailing boats. Last year the launched the CLUB SWAN 50 at the BOOT Düsseldorf and it gets the title yacht of the year in 2018. This year we get another high-light; SWAN presented the SWAN 54. A real blue water cruiser for gentle sailing. With its 54ft it has a ideal and moderate size. It´s better in the water than the 45ft boats and not too big. Perfect handling, perfect size. It can be sailied by a couple or a family. Of course I´m biased, cause I had two milestones of my Life on a SWAN 51.Which was quite the same size.

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Back to the boat. We have a classic design with a modern look and a carbon rigging. Yes that´s right and yes it´s not a bargain. No worries we don´t get lost in details right now. A SWAN is more than that.

Nevertheless there are a few specs of this stunning yacht we would like to mark. The carbon shrouds, the carbon mast and the fast 3D sails from North Sail and at least the big cockpit is awesome.

The interior is a harmonious mix of modern and traditional. I like the light wood and the pure interior. The only thing which I don´t understand and what I just see in contemporary Swans are the chairs in the saloon. If you are sailing you have to pack it anywhere and for having dinner they are always a handicap. I don´t get them.

SWAN 54 Masters Bedroom SWAN 54 Saloon

SWAN 54 Pantry SWAN 54 Aft Cabin

I would like to sit here with the family or also with a few girls. Yes you can also use that yacht as a players mansion. It´s not just nice and cool, no it´s also very sexy and made for that.

The booth of SWAN was placed at the same place like 2017. The Layout was a little bit different. Instead of two yachts they had the SWAN 54 and a Mock-up of a SWAN 65.

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Nautors Swan Mock-up Nautors Swan Mock-up

I´ve never seen something like that on a fair, not to mention anywhere else. That´s really amazing to see how the designer will work on the boat. It ist a 1:1 interior scale mock-up of the new Swan 65 at the BOOT Düsseldorf boat show.

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After the walkthrough I understand the philosophy of Swan much better. It´s so cool to see the different materials and ideas which are possible. The owner can decide together with designer, which is the best layout for his semi-custom-build yacht.

Yacht of the Year BMW 7series Nautors Swan

That´s awesome to see how a yacht like that will build and designed. Above that the stand is very welcoming as always. You can feel the luxurious mind of Swan, combined with performance. Everything is real in spite of luxury, but not posh and bling bling. That´s the thin red line which this yard from Finnland makes it so relevant and gives humility to all the sailors on the oceans of that planet.

BOOT Düsseldorf / BAVARIA FIRST

Weltpremiere der neuen BAVARIA C45. Eine klassische Yacht mit eleganten Linien und sinnvollen Ideen. Gemacht um das neue Image der Schiffe aus Unterfranken zu stärken und den Marktanteil zu erhöhen. Das kann durchaus klappen. Verschrien als Chartereimer waren sie nicht immer erste Wahl am Markt. Schade eigentlich, denn sie können ja schon was. Auf einigen Törns auf Bavarias hatte ich nie ein Problem mit dem Schiff. Wobei, stimmt nicht ganz. Mit dem Nautitech OPEN 40 auf Cuba war es ein Drama. Das ist aber eine andere Geschichte. Trotz allem denke ich, dass die Werft auf einem guten Weg ist. Sie arbeiten hart am Markenaufbau. Einen Image aufbauen dauert lange und parallel muss die Qualität der Yacht aber auch mithalten. Das machen die Bayern aber gut. Der Deal mit BMW Design Works war ein guter Schritt und die kontinuierliche Entwicklung der Schiffe ist schon deutlich. Den maßgebenden Look in dieser Klasse bestimmten die Schiffe von HANSE YACHTS. Sie begannen mit den klaren Linien und den Liegeflächen an Deck. Da zieht Bavaria Yachts nun schon gut mit. Die neue Linie ist top und das neue Alleinstellungsmerkmal, nun zukünftig Bedienpanels, Licht oder Pumpen via SmartGadget called iBOOT zu steuern ist der absolut richtige Schritt. WOW. Diese Steuerung wurde nun als erstes auf dem 65ft Flaggschiff realisiert und soll zukünftig in der gesamten BAVARIA Flotte realisiert werden.

 

 

Die Bavaria C45 steht auf der BOOT in Halle 16 auf einer eigenen Fläche. Beim betreten der Yacht fällt einem sofort der Grill am Heck in´s Auge, finde ich super; Aussi Style. Passend dazu natürlich auch noch ein kleiner Kühlschrank. Beides Dinger, die mir auf der Messe nicht nur hier aufgefallen sind. Die Yacht selbst gibt es in drei Linien zum ordern. Eine Basisvariante, da haben wir dann wieder den Charteranspruch, dann die Teaknummer. Die würde mir gefallen und last not least; eine ambitionierte Variante. Ja macht alles Sinn, die Namen der Linien verdeutlichen dies auch: HOLIDAY, STYLE und AMBITION.

 

 

Das Cockpit ist durchdacht, es gibt eine Doppelsteueranlage und hinten eine Badeplattform. Mei, current Style eben, der aber gut. Im Interior ist es modern und trotz Mahagoni wirkt es sehr hell und modern und gar nicht so schiffig. Gerne hätte ich die Ausstattung in Eiche noch gesehen.

All in all, ein solides Ding, dass sich sicher auch solide durch´s Wasser bewegt. Auf jeden Fall eine Bavaria, die ich mir im Charter auch wieder mieten würde.

 

Get the PULSE.

Meine Segelerfahrungen sind ja sehr geprägt vom Katsegeln. Mir gefiel schon immer dieses Speedgefühl und die Einfachheit, die diese Spezies ausstrahlt. Wobei hier Einfachheit nicht zu verwechseln ist mit einfach im klassischen Sinne. Seglerisch ist ein Kat etwas anderes. Er ist viel sensibler und es braucht ein paar mehr Tricks, oder sagen wir Know-how. Mit Einfachheit meine ich mehr die Technik, die hinter den Booten steckt. Das Einhaken vom Groß am Topp, keine Klampen, oder die Rudermechanismen. Sagen wir so, Details am Kat sind oftmals cleverer gelöst und die Community die dahinter steht sind auch mehr Freibeuter wie Admiralität. Das ist schön, das macht es auch aus.

Auf der Hanseboot ist mir der Corsair Pulse 600 zum ersten mal in´s Auge gesprungen. Es war das erste Schiff welches ich auf der Messe gesehen habe und es war auch noch auf der diesjährigen BOOT faszinierend.

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Der Tri ist für mich der Inbegriff eines Daycruisers. Eigentlich prädestiniert für Binnenseen mit leichten Winden. Für Bayrische Seen ideal. Zumal das Schiff auch eben bei leichten Winden sofort anspringt. Klar, es fehlt der Bleikiel, kaum Tiefgang und er hat einen Carbon Mittelrumpf. Damit bist Du auf der Siegeseite. Schade nur, dass die Carbonstruktur nicht sichtbar ist. Bei viel Wind bringt er Spaß und und gut Druck in´s Schiff. Actionreich, wenn der Leeschwimmer durch´s Wasser knallt. Da gibt es dann am Ammersee dieses Französische Gefühl; Loick Peyron gleich über die Ozeane zu fliegen. Single handed eben, BÄMM. Wobei der PULSE auch mit bis zu 4 Personen gesegelt werden kann. Bei seiner Länge von 6m schaut das Ding eben auch scharf aus. Erst recht, wenn man ihn mit den Variantas aus den 60ern vergleicht, die da sonst so rumschippern. Auch die Mädels werden es lieben, denn die Trampoline zwischen den Rümpfen sind die wohl bequemsten Liegewiesen die man sich vorstellen kann und bei Wind kann man auch mal den MUSTO Kram raus holen und Spaß haben, ohne gleich im Neopren im Trapez zu hängen. Dafür bin ich nämlich langsam zu alt.

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Der ganze Tri ist im Handumdrehen trailerbar. Mir persönlich ist das nicht so wichtig, da ich lieber im Revier bleibe. Da aber hat das Schiff den Vorteil, dass es locker um die Boje schwojen kann und das bei eigentlich null tiefgang, das macht ihn auch zum Bojenkönig in seichtem Gewässer.

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Bleibt zum Schluss noch der Preis zu erwähnen. 40.000 EUR, eher einen Deut mehr sollte man sich schon dafür bereitlegen. Dafür gibt´s dann aber eine echt heiße Optik, dabei möchte ich nur die drei negativen Steven erwähnen. Irre. Wobei am heißesten finde ich die Kiste, wenn man die Schlupfkajüte abnimmt und der Mast dann auf diesem Targa Bügel steht; das hat Style. Im Frühjahr beginnt das Testseglen, wir werden sehen, wie es sich dann anfühlt. Bericht folgt.

PULSE flying Pulse Trailer

BOOT Düsseldorf / Marine Composite with a gaff sail.

There was one thing at the BOOT which was really amazing. I just walk through the exhibition hall and I saw that stunning hull in light blue. Cool lining and a wonderful wooden deck.

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When I looked ahead of the rig I was astonished. I expected a cool Fat Head and spectacular spreaders, but I saw something different. There was a gaff rig. I´ve never seen such an old school rig in such a modern mode. Awesome. The sales man of Marine Composite told me about the advantages of that rig, which I couldn´t share. The main reason for the rig is that you get more power at the top with a lower rig; if I understand that right. Above that it´s something different, why not. Above that I saw about 3 manufacturers who had a gaff yacht in their programme.

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BOOT Düsseldorf / SWAN 60s, state-of-the-art yachtbuilding.

Nobody who has ever been on a SWAN is addicted by their magic and could not evade their fascination. I got that virus in 2012 on a transatlatic crossing on a SWAN 51 and since that time I know it is a significant difference if a yacht is certified for the ocean or build for the ocean. The SWAN for sure build for it. I got that statement by Sebastian, who is really one of the SWAN ambassadors on that planet blue.

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At the BOOT Exhibition we have a World Premiere. SWAN is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and this is one reason for them to be on that fair. That´s a good sign for all of us. The stand ist quite cool and fits the brand. The Materials are quite luxury and exudes a pleasant atmosphere. It quite light and is matching the mood of a yacht. Especiall in that case, where SWAN is presentating their SWAN 60S which is also a very light, stylish an modern. She´s state of the art.

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The first impression you will get aboard is the powder white deck. That looks amazing and cool. Above that it stays cool, especially in warm conditions. It is made out of Esthec, which is a material which is made out of composit material and fillers. The look is quite luxury and easy to maintain.

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The SWAN 60S was build as a owner version with some specials, like the deck, a bigger motor and generator. In total it is a perfect mixture between a racer and a cruiser. The cockpit is quite long, open and very clean. The place at the helm feels like home and easy to handle with all the buttons for steering. I would like to get a feeling for a boat with such a size with all the electric gears and devices.

All in all, it´s a hell of a yacht and build for the ocean.

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Where to stay?

Düsseldorf is a typical fair city and is famous for that. Therefore there are a lot of hotels. Unfortunately not stylish ones. The mass of hotels are typical business hotels. Within that kind of hotels the INNSIDE by MELIA is quite cool and pure. I like it and I´ve been a view times there and felt well. Here you can read my rating on tripadvisor.