Take a look at the hottest new launches at the 2017 Düssledorf Boat Show
The 2017 Düsseldorf Boat Show, the world’s largest indoor boat show, has seen important model launches from some of the industry’s biggest players.
SEE OUR GALLERY OF THE NEW BOATS LAUNCHED AT THE SHOW AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
Fairline, celebrating a year since the company was bailed out by Russian investors, chose the German show to reveal the Squadron 53, a flybridge cruiser that shares a hull and engine options with the Targa 53 sportscruiser.
Boasting superstructure designed by Alberto Mancini and a flybridge designed from scratch the yard has also rectified the headroom issues in the master cabin that blight the Targa 53.
The interior layout is extremely versatile with three possible galley locations and the option of three or four cabins.
The Sealine C530 is a coupe version of the flybridge F530 that we tested last year. The hull and IPS pod-drives carry over from the F530 but the deck has been redesigned to cater for the loss of the top deck.
The versatile cockpit has an electric hi-lo table that drops down to create a large sunpad, boosted by the dinette backrest that folds down flat to extend the available lounging space. Above, there is an electric sun shade that extends out at the touch of a button.
There isn’t space for a wet-bar in the cockpit but there is the option to have a BBQ grill, sink and cooler in a covered unit on the transom.
Similarly, Bavaria unveiled the R40 Coupe as a sporty alternative to the flybridge version. With a pair of Volvo Penta D6 370s on sterndrives, the Coupe is capable of just short of 40 knots and promises to be a great deal of fun out on the water. The German yard also confirmed plans for an R55 and a smaller model for the E range in the E34.
Princess, as well as having the largest boat in the show on its stand in the 30M, also took the opportunity to display an update to its smallest model. The V40 is a mildly tweaked version of the wildly successful V39, the most obvious change being the large, unbroken windows in each topside.
XO launched two new models at the show, the tough-looking DFNDR complete with roll cage, spots and a snorkel in apparent homage to Land Rover’s iconic 4×4 and the most leisure-focussed XO yet, the Cruiser.
With a sheltered, practical cockpit and a surprisingly spacious double cabin with separate loo, the Cruiser adds an element of comfort to the usual XO recipe of hardcore aluminium hulls and monstrous outboard performance.
Take a look out our video round-up of the 2016 show
Sirena Marine launched its first ever motorboat at the show. The Turkish yard builds two ranges of semi-custom yachts but this is its first foray into own-brand motorboat construction.
The early signs on the Sirena 64 are very promising with masses of space on board, top notch construction and finishing and a claimed top speed of 30 knots with a pair of 1,000hp CAT diesels.
Fjord launched an all-new 42 which, interestingly, will run alongside the 40. It gains a cosy second cabin over its smaller sibling and mimics the layout of the larger 48 on deck. With IPS600s Fjord says the 42 will top 40 knots flat out.
Another new brand to the show was Keizer Yachts and its new 42. Promising the look and feel of a plush, open day boat to rival Fjord and Van Dutch with a strong focus on value for money, the 42 is constructed at Bavaria’s factory in Giebelstadt.
The Dutch yard has promising performance and efficiency claims from the pair of Volvo Penta D6 400hp motors on sterndrives and there’s a surprisingly comfortable and spacious interior to enjoy as well.
It looks as though Fountaine Pajot may have finally nailed a power cat recipe. The prolific sailing catamaran builder launched an all-new MY44 at the show complete with IPS500 or IPS600 engines options, three excellent cabins and the sort of saloon and deck space that makes a power cat oh so tempting.
You can read a full review of the Düsseldorf Boat Show in the April 2017 issue of MBY.