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Doing Dusseldorf Story | Photos by John Morris B OOT, the Dusseldorf boat show, is often described as the largest in Europe. Its 17 (yes!) halls are divided up by category presenting a category of power, sail and miscellaneous boats, accessories, art, regattas, resorts, clothing, dock equipment, water skis, dragon headed pedal boats, kites and anything else you can identify as boating related. Dusseldorf is a small city but with a huge exhibition campus that is packed year round with trade and a few consumer shows from Top Hair International to Valve World Expo. The complex has those 17 buildings that usually host several events simultaneously but for the annual BOOT, it's wall-to-wall boats packing every square metre. While European consumers make their purchases differently than Canadians, it is a pleasure to see up close what those sophisticated continental boaters are buying. Among the boats at Boot you will see quite staggering representation from the European boat builders as you might expect, but you'll also find brands from countries you might not have 20 Canadian Yachting previously thought of as boatbuilding hubs such as Turkey, Croatia and the Ukraine. Much of the show is populated by brands rarely seen, and not currently sold in Canada. Also striking are the large number of river cruising powerboats and sailing sport boats - both categories are very active on that side of the Atlantic. Particularly impressive (Wow!) was the number of super high-end luxury yachts like the largest in the show 100-footer Princess 30M staggeringly beautiful right in the middle of Hall 6. Around it were similar if slightly smaller beauties with astronomical price tags suited to the Russian oligarchs and other Monaco-moored types. Around the periphery of the hall were exhibits from custom builders like Michael Schmidt, founder of Hanse who left in 2011 to address the needs of owners who want something truly spectacular. (The Canadian connection here is that prior to Hanse, Michael honed his boat builder credentials here in Niagara-on-the-Lake.) JUNE 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2016

Vantage Point: Buy Your Boat Fuel At A Marina
Waterfront: Jeanneau BVI Owners’ Rendezvous, Readers’ Stories, Green Boating Guide
Club Profile: Charlottetown Yacht Club
International Boat Show Feature: BOOT Dusseldorf - Described as the largest boat show in Europe, the BOOT show packs 17 buildings full of every kind of boat and boating accessory that you an imagine. Walk through with John Morris and enjoy a glimpse of this massive event. By John Morris
Destination: The Magnificent Thousand Islands - Cruising in the middle of Manitouana, a wonderful land of plenty in the St.Lawrence River on a C&C 30’ bareboat charter. By Mark Stevens | Photographs by Sharon Matthews-Stevens
Salty Dog Rally: The Call of Dawg - The Dawgs convene in Hampton, Virginia each fall ahead of their journey to the BVI’s. Rich in Can Con and with equal parts partying and preparedness, the author joins this jovial group as they get ready to cruise down the Intracoastal. By John Morris
Power Review: Neptunus 650
Power Review: MJM 50z
CPS Port Hole
Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley
Confident Sailor/Reluctant Sailor: Cruising as a Couple: Part 1 of 3 - “Our first trip to the Bahamas was ”Living his dream – on her terms”. We did it. There was no mutiny. No divorce. This is our story – that of the very reluctant boater who actually left the dock and Toronto behind. ” By Rob MacLeod
Crossing the Line: Does Racing Still Exist?

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