Last Update: October 3rd, 2018
“Heading for hanseboot!” That’s what boating enthusiasts will be doing from 28 October to 5 November 2017. They can look forward to plenty of boats and premieres, an extensive equipment area and a first-class supporting programme. Some 520 exhibitors will be there, showcasing their products and services for the whole world of watersports at the B-site of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.
“Many of the innovations from last year, such as the change in opening times, BOATFIT and the larger Funsport World were so popular with visitors that we are keeping them this year,” says Heiko Zimmermann, hanseboot Project Director. “The presentation of sailing will be better,” he added, “because it will be more compact. The SailCampus is a new first-time feature, with joint presentation in Hall B6 by the German Sailing Union, the Class Associations, and the well-known North German sailing clubs”.
Major focus on Refit
BOATFIT – the popular Refit show will be featured at hanseboot for the second time. Following its success in 2016, it will be located on the ground floor of Halls B2 and B3 again, featuring professional accessories for owners to improve their boats. BOATFIT is the ideal platform for DIY enthusiasts, with a full programme of presentations, practical workshops in the Refit yard, and the BOATFIT Meeting for exchange of views with other enthusiasts.
Sailing yachts and motor boats at the new hanseboot boardwalk
Halls B4, B6 and B7 have everything to warm the hearts of sailing enthusiasts and motor boat fans. The new hanseboot boardwalk injects a special marina flair into the centre of hall B6, with moorings for motor boats and sailing boats. The boardwalk is accessible from both sides, featuring a stylish marina look with a harbour café and maritime lounge, inviting people to stop, relax and enjoy the scene. Moorings have already been announced by Nordship, Yachtsport Eckernförde and Enjoy Yachting. The SailCampus in Hall B6 is another premiere this year. It is the ideal place for newcomers, with joint presentation by the German Sailing Union, the Class Associations and major North German sailing clubs. They can get useful tips and ideas on sailing, concentrated in one location. Motor boat newcomers, who have benefited for some time now from licence exemption for boats up to 15hp, will find a comprehensive range in Halls B7 and B4 (ground floor). The hanseboot exhibitors have a wide range of vessels for them, including motorised inflatables and dinghies, handy open fibreglass racers, fishing dinghies and cabin boats. Another big attraction for newcomers is the hanseboot academy, to be held in a number of conference rooms. It gives lots of opportunities at this international boat show to get expert initial and advanced training on the water. The courses cover all interests, such as preparing for a seagoing leisure boat licence, radio operator courses, and night-time orientation trips.
Detailed information is provided at hanseboot.de/academy.
Activities on the water – at the funsport world
People looking for a sporting challenge will be right on target in the Funsport Hall B1 (ground floor) The pool gives opportunities to try out wakeboarding, stand-up paddle surfing or sea-bob driving. A slackline competition will be held for the first time – a slackline is stretched over the pool, with a prize for anyone who can cross without falling into the water. New products from the manufacturers for 2018 will get prominent presentation. A special focus this year will be kite-foiling, which has been popular in the US and France for some time now, and appeals to more and more enthusiasts in Germany, too. Products available for purchase include neoprene suits, protective covers for boards and paddles, buoyancy vests and impact vests. And then there is the Lounge area with white sand, chill-out music, cool cocktails and the latest surfing videos – the perfect place to relax and dream of your next Holiday.
Innovation zone in the equipment area
hanseboot has the biggest equipment and accessories market in Northern Europe. Boating enthusiasts will find everything they need for boat care, maintenance and equipment for the coming season on the ground floors of Halls B2, B3 and B4 and in Hall B5, on a total of some 18,000 square metres. The innovation zones created last year have been redesigned and are featured in Hall B5. The equipment and accessories area is constantly developing with lots of small new developments that are not evident at first sight, because there is such a diversity of products. The hanseboot innovation zones give an overview and help to identify and showcase product innovations in the equipment and accessories area.
Charter holiday planning made easy
The central point of contact for all boat owners and charter holiday makers planning their next trip is the upper floor of Hall B1. It includes yacht charter companies, watersport schools and travel agencies, giving information on their holiday products and in-water training. Free cruise consulting is available for individual trip planning, with experienced local experts for sailing and for motorboat and houseboat trips.
Travel and maritime romance are also inspired by the artists displaying their works at the “art maritim” forum. More than 20 photographers, painters, visual artists and gallery owners present the diversity of maritime art – also including the upper floor of Hall B1 this year.
Extended opening times and amazing after-work events
72% of visitors were very satisfied with the changed opening times at hanseboot last year. So hanseboot 2017 will be open from 12:00 to 20:00 on weekdays, including Tuesday 31 October, which is a nationwide public holiday this year; opening hours at the weekend are 10:00 to 18:00. Admission is free of charge for children up to and including 15 years old. The special After-Work Ticket also makes the show more accessible – from 17:00 onwards, the charge is only €7 for a ticket valid for two persons. Special after-work events such as live music and exclusive presentations encourage people to take a relaxed walk around hanseboot during the evening. The International Ocean Film Tour, Volume 4, stops at the boat show on one evening again (Thursday 2 November 2017), promising a very special cinema experience.
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