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High-speed fun for every taste and pocket – Open sports boats, rapid day cruisers, and luxury motor yachts
The Hamburg International Boat Show is to be held for the 55th time this year – the ideal showcase for prestige motor yachts and high-speed sports boats. From 25 October to 2 November 2014, Hall B7 will be the main attraction for motor-minded visitors – whether they go for classic elegance or the sporting touch, fuel-efficiency or pure power. A huge range of motor boats and yachts will be presented by leading builders and their dealers – trailerable open sport boats, boats exempt from licence regulations (up to 15hp), sporting day cruisers and luxurious motor yachts will be at the centre of visitor interest. Many of the exhibits being launched at the 55th hanseboot are 2015 models. So Hamburg in autumn is the best place to explore the trends for the coming season.
The stars of this year’s hanseboot include a range of very different yachts in the popular 30 to 45 foot segment. The Galeon 385-40ʹ HTL designed by British naval architects Tony Castro Design will be on show at the HW Bootscenter stand, alongside the Galeon 300 Fly, fresh from the drawing boards of the same office. These newcomers, built at Poland’s leading yard, feature an appealing line, ergonomic interior and impeccable quality.
The Absolute 40 STY is a 12.05 metre boat incorporating top-level Italian yacht design. This is the first presentation at a boat show of this twin-engined jewel with refined interior.
The French series builder Chantiers Jeanneau has a spectacular display of new products lined up. The main crowd puller at the stand of Gründl, a Bönningstedt-based Jeanneau importer, is the brand new Prestige 420 Fly (length overall precisely 11.32 metres), which combines sophisticated styling with a comfortable living atmosphere, and achieves a top speed of about 30 knots. No less attractive in the class are the Pilothouse Cruisers Merry Fisher 695 and Merry Fisher 695 Marlin, and the versatile Cap Camarat models 4.7 CC, 5.5 CC and 7.5 WA, appealing mainly to sea fishing enthusiasts and watersports-minded families. The innovations by the French builder are rounded off by the Jeanneau NC 9. This impressive cabin planer features spacious deck layout, variable use of the cockpit, and four comfortable berths.
The Nimbus 405 Coupé, launched at the start of the season, is much admired – a highly professional design from the Far North of Europe. This 13.24 metre Swedish yacht is definitely one of the top exhibits in the European 40 foot league.
And the creations of Bavaria Yachtbau are expected to attract a large audience. The builder, based in Giebelstadt (Franconia) presents its models Sport 29, Virtess 420 Coupé and Sport 400 Coupé. The latter is a completely redesigned lifestyle cruiser, with dimensions precisely 13.29 x 3.99 metres, complete with sophisticated fittings such as an electrically lowered bathing platform. And of course every model from Bavaria comes with the latest-generation propulsion system.
The sports yachts from the USA include the Sea Ray 350 Sundancer, with length overall 10.67 metres. This elegant composite vessel will be displayed alongside the smaller Sea Ray versions 260 Sundancer and 280 Sundancer. The responsible exhibitor is Sea Ray specialist CBC Cityboats from Hamburg.
Lovers of Dutch steel-hulled displacement boats with conventional shaft drive may find the right product for them at the stand of Werderaner Yachthandel from Brandenburg – such as the ABIM 98 OC, claimed to be a world premiere.
The Finnish builder XO Boats was a newcomer at hanseboot 2013, generating a lot of excitement with their extravagant aluminium boats; this autumn they are back with a new model, the XO 270 RS Front Cabin. With an overall length of nearly 8 metres, it is capable of high-powered propulsion with an agile outboard version.
And, talking of extravagance – the Austrian premium builder Frauscher is back again after a lengthy absence from hanseboot. Potential Frauscher customers can look forward to real eye-catchers with the breathtakingly styled high-performance powerboats 686 Lido, 747 Mirage and 858 Fantom.
Somewhat less exclusive, but several thousand euros less expensive, are the quality sportboat models from Four Winns, USA. The general importer Gebrüder Salomon, based in Alsdorf near Aachen has as many as six boats with length overall 18 to 28 foot, including five European premieres.
Anyone with a taste for a spacious day cruiser from Finland, looking for superb drive characteristics even in rough waters cannot do better than to go to the stand of German exclusive Yamarin dealer Vogt Motorenservice from Kappeln on the Schlei. The Yamarin 79 DC is a first at the show, and appealing in every way.
Quicksilver boats are known for their good all-round qualities, and are typically powered by a Mercury outboard engine, giving a very reasonable package price. The latest models Activ 455 Open and Captur 555 Pilothouse are on display, as examples of nearly 30 Quicksilver designs now available. These GRP planers, built in Poland and Portugal under the direction of Brunswick, a US group, feature elegance and space in a continuously self-bailing cockpit. Bootswerft & Bootsmotorenservice Lothar Schritt are the authorised Quicksilver representative here.
Anyone interested in an inflatable will find an enormous range of compact tenders, light-weight models with inflatable keel, and high-stability RIBs with composite hull.
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