10 Must-See Yachts Debuting at This Year’s Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show
January 23, 2023
Germany’s vast indoor boat show opens this week and could be the biggest in its 54-year history.
After a two-year Covid hiatus, the annual Boot Düsseldorf boat show—the world’s biggest indoor boating extravaganza—opens its doors this Saturday for a nine-day run. With more than 1,500 exhibitors from 68 countries showing their wares in no fewer than 16 massive halls, the “boot” as it’s affectionally known, showcases every kind of watercraft, from paddleboards to superyachts. The space even includes an artificial river and a 213-foot-long pool for watersport demos. Situated on the banks of the Rhine, the event officially kicks the international boat show season. We picked the 10 newcomers debuting at the “Boot” that are guaranteed to grab the spotlight.
Ferretti Yachts 580
This latest addition to Ferretti’s burgeoning big cruiser lineup—it offers no fewer than seven other models from 50 to 100 feet—fills an important gap between the Italian yard’s 500 and 670 flybridge yachts. The design is from the drawing board of Filippo Salvetti. The 580 has a luxe three-stateroom layout and, outside, the designer created extravagant sunning and entertaining space.
At first glance, it appears not much has changed with Azimut’s S7—the 70-footer making its global debut at Düsseldorf. While the sleek exterior looks similar to the original 2017 S7, it’s what lies beneath that matters. The redesigned hull, designed in collaboration with engineers at Volvo Penta, is reckoned to improve fuel efficiency with triple 800hp Volvo D13 1050 IPS power by up to 30 percent.
Sunseeker 75 Sport Yacht
Twelve inches can make all the difference. Say hello to the new Sunseeker 75 Sport Yacht, which is replacing the Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht. That extra foot sees big changes at the stern, with a new hydraulic swim platform, revised stairs to the aft cockpit, which has a new seating layout, and a reworked garage door. Twin MAN V12s give a 46mph top speed. Joining the new 75 at Düsseldorf is Sunseeker’s highly-anticipated, all-new Superhawk 55.
Britain’s Princess Yachts is using Düsseldorf to reveal the latest in its model lineup, the new Princess S72. With the “S” short for Sportbridge, this racy-looking, 72-foot coupe, with four staterooms and a compact flybridge, fits between the builder’s S66 and S78 luxury cruisers. Twin MAN V12 diesels—standard 1,650hp or optional 1,800s—deliver up to 41mph top end.
This stylish 10-seat Italian-built dayboat is the newest entry into the booming electric dayboat market. Powered by a mid-mounted 50kW electric motor and shaft drive from German maker Molabo, the high-sided, 24-foot SQ240i is a sexier-looking alternative to ma ny competitors. It’ll also come with the option of innovative Yamaha Harmo electric sterndrive propulsion.
Galeon 560 Fly
Rule-breaking Polish builder Galeon Yachts has come up with a new 58-foot flybridge cruiser design that actually features more glass than fiberglass. The stunning new Tony Castro-designed Galeon 560 Fly, making its global debut at Düsseldorf, features extra-deep hull windows that run almost the entire length of the yacht. Add to those, oversize, floor-to-ceiling cabin windows, and this new 560 floods its cabins with light.
We’re big fans of the Italian Invictus TT460 day boat with its head-spinning axe-bow and wave-like hardtop. At Düsseldorf, the 460 is getting a new kid brother, the TT420, to give the boutique builder an entry into the popular segment. Designer Christian Grande has again penned the bold exterior, which even includes a small tender garage at the stern. Powering the 420 is a pair of 440-horse Volvo D6s.
Prolific German builder Bavaria is using its home show to show off the latest in its cruiser range, the 37-foot SR33 weekender. Designed by the talented Marco Casali, its all family-friendly space includes an oversized cockpit, sun-shading hardtop and beds for five. With today’s fuel prices, it’s smart-thinking that the SR33 will be offered with a single, fuel-sipping 350hp Volvo diesel.
Contest Yachts 50CS
Call it plug, play and sail. Dutch semi-custom sailboat builder Contest Yachts not only has a brand-new sailing yacht, the 50CS, debuting in Düsseldorf, but it’ll be offered for the first time with electric propulsion. Contest worked with Torqeedo to utilize its 50kW Deep Blue motor, which is juiced by 40kW lithium-ion batteries from BMW. The all-new center-cockpit 50CS will join the newly-launched 49CS at the show.
Last year, the Groupe Beneteau-owned Polish builder Delphia announced that come 2024, all its boats would ditch diesel power and offer electric only. The first to use batteries is the brand new, Tony Castro-designed Delphia 11 inland cruiser making its Düsseldorf debut. Motivated by a single 50kW Torqeedo Deep Blue electric motor and juiced by an 80kWh battery bank, the 35-footer is said to have a range of around 44 miles at its 6mph cruise speed.