World’s Biggest Boat Show: Boot Dusseldorf

Record Results For Show's 50th Anniversary

February 2, 2019

Filling thirteen halls and with more than 2,000 exhibitors, Boot Dusseldorf can rightly claim title to, ” World’s Largest Boat Show.” I had the chance to attend the 2019 boot Dusseldorf, I can attest to the sheer size of the show. But, I’d also add that this is a particularly well-run event, and one that proved easy to navigate, despite its massive size and despite this being my first time in attendance.

Super Yachts at boot 2019
Hall 6 at boot Dusseldorf displays superyachts under roof. It is an impressive sight….and just one of many show highlights boot Dusseldorf

I noticed a number of trends at Boot Dusseldorf that point out differences in what is typically displayed at boat shows in North America. For one thing, smaller cabin boats–say, in the 17-20 foot range–were quite prevalent there, where it seems that many North American boatbuilders have long abandoned that category. I also noticed a number of boats that sported matte-finished gel coat, which, ostensibly, makes the boat easier to maintain and allows it to retain its looks even after the (inevitable?) dock dings appear with use. Another thing of note was the prevalence of boats that utiilized one hull to create several different deck configurations. While boat buyers have long been accustomed to bowriders and cuddies or center consoles and walkarounds built on the same hull, I noted several manufacturers, such as Axopar and Greenline, offering three and four topside layout variations.

It should be noted that boat builders familiar to Boating’s audience, were on hand in force. These included Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Crownline, Four Winns, Sea Ray and more,


Of the makes less known in North America: Will they storm these shores? The point is that it was great to see different things… and a different way of presenting boats both different and familiar.

What follows below is the official release from the management of boot Dusseldorf

Wakeboarding at boot Dusseldorf
There is a big commitment to watersports at boot Dusseldorf. Attendees can ride wakeboards, paddle SUP and even enjoy watching live surfing at the wave pool boot Dusseldorf

At its 50th anniversary, boot 2019 – the world’s largest and leading international water sports trade fair – held in Düsseldorf, Germany, set a new record: almost 2,000 exhibitors from 73 countries presented their products on over 2.3 million square feet of exhibit space to about 250,000 water sports enthusiast (boot 2018: 247,000 visitors) from more than 100 nations. These results confirm boot’s position as the leading event for this sector worldwide. In addition to the visitors from Germany, the majority of the attendees came from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Switzerland and Italy. boot Director Petros Michelidakis stated: “The exhibitors reported great business and many new contacts from all over the globe. boot is clearly a first-class business platform. The wide range of international travel destinations in the Travel World also attracted many visitors.”


Good business, excellent contacts to water sports fans and trade visitors from all over the world characterized the trade fair. “I have experienced numerous events here in Düsseldorf, but this boot was unique. Great atmosphere in the halls, people in vacation mood at the stands and highly satisfied exhibitors. Which means that we definitely reached our objective: this marvelous anniversary of boot will be remembered by all,” commented Werner M. Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

Jürgen Tracht, Managing Director of the Association of the German Water Sports Industry (BVWW), added: “The industry is extremely optimistic about the upcoming water sports season. I expect boot 2019 to act as a stimulant and driving force for all areas of the water sports industry. Our member companies were enthusiastic about the high internationality and quality of the visitors.” According to Jürgen Tracht, for both motor boats and sailing yachts, the trend is towards larger boats over 39 feet long as well as agile smaller boats. Multihull boats are also in great demand, a trend that was very obvious at the trade show. boot 2019 had no difficulty being an event not just for B2B visitors from the industry but also for the presentation of trend sports for the public. Decision-makers from major chartering companies, for example, use the trade fair to obtain a comprehensive insight into the market, to establish direct contact with the manufacturers and to make comparisons. And this is increasing, because chartering is becoming more and more popular with boot visitors and is a real trend in the industry. With 1,500 sailing yachts and motor boats at the exhibitors’ stands, the offer for charter enthusiasts was huge.

There was a further increase in the recreational diving and trend sport exhibits at boot 2019 which were major visitor attractions. About 100,000 surfing enthusiasts watched the sensational surfing demonstrations on “THE WAVE”. Numerous suppliers of boards reported that visitors are rediscovering the fun of surfing. Stand-up paddling, windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding as well as the contest on “THE WAVE” and in the “Flatwaterpool” inspired the attendees.


The atmosphere in the Dive Center and the entire diving hall was excellent from the first day on. Especially popular with the new and young visitors was the trial dive. boot Director Petros Michelidakis: “For the diving community boot is the event of the year. This is where diving trips are planned, diving partners found and the latest equipment tested.

Boats of all types at boot Dusseldorf
Discerning boaters examine and board craft of all types and sizes at boot Dusseldorf boot Dusseldorf

The next staging of boot will take place from January 18 – 26, 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at boot 2020, contact: Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188.

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