Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019: The SmartYacht Review


Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019 was even bigger and better than boot dusseldorf 2018 as it celebrated its 50th anniversary, with a record-breaking 2000 yachting and fractional yacht exhibitors and quarter of a million attendees spilling through the gates of the world’s largest indoor marine trade show over nine action-packed days in January. The Dusseldorf boat show takes place each winter on the banks of the River Rhine, drawing an extraordinary array of vessels; from water toys and tenders right through to sport fishers and decadent superyachts.

Find out what you missed at Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019

Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019 Highlights

As at boot dusseldorf 2018, the big attractions this year were the spectacular luxury yachts exhibited in the Superyacht Zone from yacht builders including Princess and Bavaria, as well as the Water Sport Zone, where the latest water toys were demonstrated in the state-of-the-art wave pool, the 1000sqm flat water pool, and the ever-popular dive tower. Other Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019 highlights included yacht launches on their global debut as well as industry seminars on the latest trends in yacht design and rising new charter destinations. Industry and press attention fell upon the award ceremonies for the European Yacht of the Year 2019 and Power Boat of the Year 2019, as well as the celebrated Ocean Tribute Award for marine conservation, with category winners including the Malizia Ocean Challenge, Neptu Therm eco-insulation, and The Ocean Race.

For yacht owners and captains looking for marine accessories, engineering equipment and electronics for their boat, the Dusseldorf Boat Show once again proved the best place to shop. An impressive lineup of 2000 yachting companies from 73 nations exhibiting their latest products across the 18 zones of the show ensured this.

Dusseldorf harbour filled with yachts

Our smarter way to ‘yacht’ revealed at boot 2019

Boot Dusseldorf is not just about the elite superyacht experience, it is about sharing the love of yachting and getting a wide range of people involved in the boat ownership experience. As such, our  fractional yacht ownership concept proved extremely popular at the Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019. We were also promoting two of our luxury flagship vessels, the Bavaria 420 and the Princess 50, on display in hall 7A of the Superyacht Zone.

Visitors to the SmartYacht stand toured the stunning yachts and learnt how they could enjoy yacht ownership of these vessels at a fraction of the cost and with none of the administration headaches of sole ownership, by entering a yacht co-ownership program with three or four other yacht owners.

Those show attendees wanting to experience luxury yacht vacations on a regular basis but who weren’t interested in yacht ownership (or the high costs of traditional charter) learnt instead about the SmartYacht Club, whereby club members can utilise yachts in the our fleet across multiple stunning destinations for up to six weeks per year. Shared yacht ownership is a growing force in the luxury yachting industry, and the success of our exhibit at boot 2019 and at boot dusseldorf 2018 before confirms this rising trend.

Spirits were high across the show at the half-century edition of Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019, with exhibitors reporting high levels of interest from visitors and industry professionals, and great optimism for another exciting year of yachting and marine innovation ahead.


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