Celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, the hugely popular “Boot” officially kicks off the 2024 international boat show season. More than 1,500 exhibitors from over 60 countries will fill the 16 halls at the Düsseldorf “messe” exhibition center on the banks of the Rhine river.
As much a nautical lifestyle event as a boat show, there are halls dedicated to everything from underwater photography to exploring far-flung cruising destinations. Two full buildings cater just to watersport enthusiasts—there’s even an artificial river for trying out the latest canoes and kayaks.
But the launches from global boat builders remain the show’s main draw. Though the new boats are smaller than launches at in-water shows in Cannes, Monaco, and Fort Lauderdale, there is no shortage of innovation and modern design.
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