hanseboot, the Hamburg International Boat Show, will be held from 26 October to 3 November 2013 with the slogan “Northern waters, Northern lifestyle”. This year’s show introduces a new, optimised hall concept, allowing visitors a varied tour through boat and accessory areas.
Focus this year is on day sailing, boats up to 15hp not needing a licence, boat refits, and fun sport – and on the Baltic Sea region, presenting partner country Estonia at a 700 square metre national pavilion.
In a press conference today, hanseboot released detailed and highlights of the 2013 show, featuring some 600 exhibitors from 18 countries.
“We look forward to nine days full of excitement and variety, with attractive focal subjects such as boat refits, 15hp boats which need no licence, and day sailing,” says Heiko Zimmermann, hanseboot Project Director at Hamburg Messe und Congress (HMC). “With Lake Alster and the River Elbe in Hamburg itself, and the North Sea and Baltic Sea very nearby, and with countless watersports within reach in Scandinavia and the Baltic, Hamburg is the watersports capital of the North.”
All the exhibition halls at the B site of Hamburg Messe are in use for hanseboot 2013, including the upper floors. They provide some 61,000 square metres, with visitor-friendly arrangement of exhibition areas to keep things close together.
Sailing boats and yachts are in Hall B6 this year, that is the largest hall on the site. It provides more than 13,000 square metres to display the innovations of the leading European builders, with leisure and cruise boats, series models and one-off designs. Particular attention will be given to day sailing this year, with vessels designed for short cruises in the evening and at weekends. The dinghy newcomers’ arena will feature expert demonstrations of trapeze sailing, sailing simulators, and a range of different vessels, showing that pure sailing fun is inexpensive and easy to learn.
Other sailing yachts will be on show on the ground floor of Hall B2. Information will also be provided there by builders, insurers and clubs, and by the German Boat and Ship Building Association (DBSV). On the upper floor of Hall B3 leading German sailing clubs will be making their presentations together, at a joint stand for the first time, with the slogan “Sailing north – welcome to the club!” Numerous class associations will be making their presentations just next door, on the upper floor of Hall B4.
Hall B7 presents motorboats and yachts of all the leading makes. Starting this season, the new leisure boat regulations mean that in Germany no licence is needed to operate boats with engine output up to 15hp, so there will be a wide range of products on show in this category.
hanseboot is traditionally known as a major equipment market for boat and yacht owners in Northern Europe. Equipment is presented this year in Halls B3, B4 and B5. A special attraction for Do it yourself enthusiasts and hobby boat builders will be the demonstration space at the hanseboot Refit arena on the ground floor of Hall B4.
The ground floor of Hall B1 is dedicated to surfing, kite surfing and other fun sports. Excitement and activity are also guaranteed in the numerous presentations and taster items at the “hanseboot arena” with its big water basin, wind machines and presentation platform; the “hanseboot Beach Lounge” next to it provides a haven for relaxation. The upper floor of Hall B1 is all about yacht chartering, water sport schools and water tourism, and provides a free-of-charge cruise consulting service for visitors. The Gallery of Hall B2 displays the art works of art maritim.
Estonia is the partner country of hanseboot 2013. As a maritime nation with plenty of good natural harbours, this most northern country of the Baltic States has always been known as a builder of ships large and small. Boat builders from Estonia will exhibit at a national pavilion in Hall B6, showing the diversity of their work. They will also present the wide range of water sports opportunities there. The goal is to expand the partnerships between the two regions – in business, tourism, culture, and between the harbours.
Source: hanseboot press release 25.10.2013
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