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Best Of: Boot Düsseldorf 2014

Our highlights from one of the world's largest boat shows

Best Of: Boot Düsseldorf 2014

The largest indoor show for maritime sports and lifestyle, Boot Düsseldorf is often the best place to catch a glimpse of premieres and the brightest new products from the world of aquatic leisure. More than 1650 exhibitors from 60 countries presented their latest innovations in 17 halls; totalling 1700 yachts from inflatables and mono hulls, twin hulls and house boats. A broad variety to say the least –  here are our favourites from the show.

Nautilus House-Boats

The dream of house-boat living is one not shared by many people. It certainly wasn't one of our until we boarded a fine example of Nautilus house boats. The Nautilus series not only looks fresh and stylish, with custom made interiors in white with splashes of green from the dotty decoration of the accessories within, it also features an open salon with galley, separated shower and dayhead and double cabin with sliding doors – sleeping 2 further guests in comfort in the 'roof'. 

Available in two versions: Nautino Mini offers a total length of 8.50m and a beam of 3.70m. Interior space hits 12-sq-m, plus 4-sq-m on the roof and a further terrace area of 23-sq-m – a cosy environment that offers plenty of freedom to relax on the weekends or escape the dazzling metropoles. Those pushed for space could consider the Nautino Maxi, which ups to 17.5sq-m of interior space and a total terrace area of 30.5-sq-m. German architect Andreas Hoffmann created these wonderful homes which, incidentally, do not require a licence to steer.
See more on the Nautilus webpages

Sirena Marine

Our second discovery of the show is this sailing yacht from Sirena Marine. The 46-foot Azuree, designed by Rob Humphreys, is a beautifully appointed world-class yacht made for serious cruising in both comfort and style. At present, the first unit is underway to the Caribbean where she will take her place in the RORC Caribbean 600 races. We expect she will perform excellently, showing off such innovative features as her cockpit that folds away quickly, providing ample space for the crew to work. Designer Humphreys sums up the Azuree 46 succinctly: “A fast, exciting, yet forgiving cruising yacht”.
Visit Azuree's site for more


Encapsulating the thrill of driving, the XO concept from young Finnish brand XO Boats cuts a striking figure with its carbon structure in black, white, greys and silver. Masculine in looks, it is designed for year-round usage in all weather conditions, a characteristic thanks to the hydrodynamics of the V-shaped aluminium hull. Last year the XO 240 RS Open was awarded the motorboat of the year, and at this year's show we saw the premiere of their Cabin series flagship, the 8.37m long XO 270 RS front cabin. The complex stringer system and 24°V-hull specifications make this boat robust, on par with those found in professionally operating commercial boats. The XO 270 RS front cabin can host up to 10.
See more on the XO Boats webpages


Pilot Cutter 'Polly Agatha'

Based in Cornwall at the Mylor Creek Boatyard, British marque Cockwells manufacture a diverse range of yachts, including beautiful classic sailing yachts. The Managing Director Dave Cockwell says that building and sailing beautiful boats is his passion – form, function and finish are his yardstick, and if it looks right, it is right, he says. Their 45-foot Pilot Cutter comprises a hull construction of larch on oak carved to the tailor-made tenders made from an epoxy foam sandwich. Recently they delivered a tender for the Perini Navi Group's Grace E, an enjoyable pairing that sets an appetite to see this tailor-made tender in the water soon.
Go to the Cockwells webpages

Lead image: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann