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hanseboot 2009 – In-Water hanseboot in 2 harbours now
With the biggest yachts at the Hamburg Boat Show
50th International Boat Show Hamburg
at the Hamburg Fair site and In-Water hanseboot by the Elbe
from 24 October to 1 November 2009
(Hamburg, 23 October 2009)
This year’s In-Water hanseboot has a premiere of its own – for the very
first time, it will be held in two harbours, showing off the largest motor
boats and sailing yachts. As usual at the City Sporthafen at Baumwall, close
to the Landing Stages (Landungsbrücken), and for the first time at the new
heritage harbour in HafenCity. There you will find one of the longest
yachts, and at the same time the oldest at the 50th International Boat Show
Hamburg. The Mistral is an elegant schooner with a length overall (including
bowsprit) of more than 23 metres, and very impressive in its timeless,
classic lines. This distinguished design was created by legendary designer
Francis Herreshoff and built in 1938 at the Britt Brothers’ yard in
Massachusetts. It was relaunched just recently following extensive
restoration over a two-year period at the Matthias Paulsen yard in Arnis an
der Schlei, and is now up for sale as a classic yacht in as-new condition.
This unusual classic with its magnificent timber and shining fittings is in
the best of company. Here in the middle of Hamburg’s HafenCity there are
many more vessels whose designers have really dedicated themselves to
special creations. For example the ice-breaking sailing yacht Bestevaer
55ST, the Superyacht sized performance cruiser Nordia 70 and the Noordkaper
43, a modern cruiser with the lines of a classic yacht.
Friends of big catamarans are also well served at the new hanseboot harbour.
Alongside the new Lipari 41 and other cats from the French twin-hull
specialists Fountaine Pajot, the German Baltic Werft shipyard present their
Balticat 43. And there are big modern cruiser-racers to thrill enthusiasts,
such as the Swan 66 and the Oyster 655, and the high-performance cruisers in
XL format from Contest and HanseYachts.
In addition, the In-Water hanseboot presents a variety of large motor
yachts, such as the new Oyster OM 43 from the British builder of the same
name, who previously built mainly sailing yachts. Other yachts with size and
luxury, and a whole range of styles, include the Fleming 65, the Elegance
Open 60, the Princess 62, the Borncruiser 50 Retro Line an the Selene 49
And the yachts in these harbours are there not only to be admired. They are
in their element here, and can be taken out for test drives. Some hanseboot
exhibitors having been taking this opportunity for many years now to present
their yachts and boats not only in the exhibition halls, but also at the
in-water show. Flensburger Yachtservice, for example, is making its
high-tech performance cruiser Finn-Flyer 36 available for test drives, and
Race2win Yachtbau are providing their 6.50 metre Mini class boat.
hanseboot has been scoring since 1991 with its harbour, providing a direct
link with the oceans of the world. That is particularly attractive to
builders who makes XL class yachts, giving them easy access to Germany’s
best established international boat show. The figures from the past years
also show how well the In-Water hanseboot is accepted by visitors. About
22,000 of them went to the hanseboot harbour last year. This year the figure
is expected to be even higher, as admission is free to both the hanseboot
At the pontoon facilities of the heritage harbour, the boat builders’
association HISWA provides information on yacht building in the Netherlands,
and there is a large yacht insurer there, too. In the nearby
City-Sporthafen, visitors to the In-Water hanseboot can get hands-on
experience of the 48 metre schooner Regina Maris from Traditional Sailing
Charter BV, or go on board a Type X 61 sailing yacht to find out about
training and charter offers from the German Ocean Sports Association
(Deutscher Hochseesportverband HANSA).
A shuttle bus operates at regular 30-minute intervals to take visitors from
the Messehallen to the Elbe and back again. There is also a MARITIME CIRCLE
LINE to get to the heritage harbour by water. The launches of the MARITIME
CIRCLE LINE stop there as usual. To get to the City-Sporthafen, simply get
off at the heritage ship Cap San Diego. Visitors to hanseboot have a special
discount for use of the MARITIME CIRCLE LINE. On presentation of your
hanseboot admission ticket, it costs only EUR 5 instead of the usual EUR 8.
You can take children up to the age of 15 with you free of charge.
The 50th International Boat Show Hamburg features some 700 exhibitors from
30 nations, with about 1,000 boats and yachts, including a number of
premieres, and new international developments in equipment and accessories.
hanseboot will be held at the Hamburg Fair site and the In-Water hanseboot
harbour from 24 October to 1 November, with opening times from 10:00 to
18:00 at both weekends (on Saturday and Sunday in each case) and 10:00 to
19:00 from Monday to Friday. For further information, please visit the