The Düsseldorf Boat Show is an extraordinary event which grows in prominence every year. In the Berthon calendar it is key and the Berthon crew were at the event in force.
Both Bruno Kairet from Windy France and Ben Toogood from Berthon UK were at the Show on the Windy stand for the duration. This year, this delivered a great result for Berthon with 2 new Windys sold off the stand by Berthon and more interest and pending contracts in the pipeline.
Düsseldorf offers the opportunity to see the Windy range live and to order in time for the 2016 season. The start of 2016 also marks the start of Windy’s half century. This iconic Scandinavian brand was born in 1966 so this year our friends at Windy have an important birthday to plan for!
On the Dusseldorf Show, Ben Toogood writes:
‘The main focus of the Show was the world launch of the new Windy 46 Chinook, which was extremely well received. The show yacht was sold promptly, along with the remaining production for 2016 before the show was over. We are already working with a number of clients on pre-orders for delivery in early 2017.
The Windy 39 Camira also grabbed attention with her stunning lines and metallic hull stripe, and continues to attract interest from UK based clients considering the boat for the UK, hotter climates, day trips, weekending or serious off-shore use. Our French office, headed by Bruno Kairet also have a lot of interest in the Camira with a number sold for delivery to France this year including the New Draco 27RS.
The Windy 29 Coho has also continued to be a real superstar with the show yacht sold to a UK client, her home port will be Poole. In 2015 we sold 9 Cohos. With a further 4 boats already on order for 2016.
The latest version of the Draco 27RS (2015 European Power Boat of the Year) was also launched at the show with special finishes, and a new canopy / bimini system which easily folds up into position. The show boat has also been sold to the UK, and she too will hail from Poole, and will be delivered in a few months to her new owner.
The show is proving ever more popular with UK visitors, due the range of Windys on display and also the accessibility of the Show for UK buyers. The 31 Zonda from the show is still available, and we also have a build slots on the 29 Coho and Windy 39 Camira available for delivery this summer. ‘
Our friends at Discovery were busy with their booth in the main sailing yacht hall and it was a honeypot for those intending blue water throughout the exhibition.
Berthon UK’s John Burnie had an equally busy few days, occupied primarily with sampling the sights and sounds of boot Düsseldorf, as well as a number of meetings…
‘The show area is geographically spread over a very large area with no less than 17 separate halls, each with its appropriate signature. The range of items exhibited are extremely diverse, and the super yacht hall even has a large area dedicated to art and sculpture – for items that can be used to stylise a vessel for individuality.
The show theme has basically 5 main divisions including sailing yachts, motor boats, diving, trend sports and angling. In each of these areas the halls are sectioned into further divisions that are theme related – for example the electronics exhibitors often had different products showcasing in the angling area as against say the high end motor boat area. It is common to find certain brands in more than one hall…’
And in closing:
‘This show is undoubtedly one of the best shows in Europe – far superior to most others (with the exception of perhaps Monaco, which caters for a specific market). There are many brands attending this show that are not seen at other events.
Another great show – roll on 2017 – make a date in your diary!
With easy connections from Terminal 5 at Heathrow a day trip is easy and the show is a hop and a skip from Dusseldorf airport. It is also easily accessible from all other major international airports.