Registering nearly 237,000 visitors from over 100 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors from 68 nations on 220,000 square metres in 16 exhibition halls, boot Düsseldorf reports back with impressive figures. The pandemic-related, forced 3-year break could not do the Düsseldorf water sports event any harm. Instead, the entire international industry was once again drawn to the Rhenish metropolis from 21 to 29 January.

Despite the difficult general conditions, boot 2023 has written a success story. We would not have dreamt of this outcome. boot has finally reached calm waters and is once again firmly anchored in its Düsseldorf home port. The successful comeback has demonstrated that trade fairs ‘made in Düsseldorf’ have an international appeal,” reports President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf Wolfram Diener. Both for powerboats, luxury yachts, sailing boats and for diving equipment, trend sports and holiday regions the global players and dream destinations were “on the starting line”.  

boot Director Petros Michelidakis is delighted: “The visits paid to exhibitors were incredibly good, viewing appointments on the boats completely booked up and the companies reported a large number of boat and accessory sales. The halls were also buzzing with diving and trend sports. Our crew has done its utmost, set sails perfectly and ‘sailed’ boot 2023 to the top of the international water sports trade fairs again. We are pleased that boot was once again able to offer the economy this marketplace and to present itself successfully despite the difficult current economic situation.” Alongside visitors from all over Germany, especially experts from the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France, UK, Turkiye and Spain used the trade fair to find out about the latest innovations in the sector. Numerous manufacturers and prospective buyers from the USA, South America and Asia made the trip to Düsseldorf again and enriched the industry get-together with innovative products, inspirations and in-depth knowledge transfer.

After the nine trade fair days, the international exhibitors are also highly satisfied as Robert Marx, President of boot and General Manager of Marx-Technik, sums up: “What the Düsseldorf trade fair organisers got off the ground here, smoothly following on from pre-pandemic times, is just great. With boot 2023 the trade fair company has shown that it has embraced the future and can also successfully navigate in rough seas. A big thanks goes to the Düsseldorf crew with its skipper Wolfram Diener. You have really done a great job.”

Speaking on behalf of the German Marine Federation e.V. Managing Director Karsten Stahlhut summed up the situation in the industry: “Due to the on-going crises since 2020 and two cancelled boot shows all of us started the trade fair with mixed feelings. Overall, however, for most, expectations were not only met, but exceeded in every respect. A strong boot in January is always an indication for a good year. I am convinced it will prove better than we thought only a few weeks ago.”

Also attracting a lot of attention was the new sustainability forum ‘blue innovation dock’ at boot 2023. Here industry, policy-makers and international associations met for high-level dialogue and exchange. Philip Easthill, Secretary General of the Association of the European Boating Industry from Brussels, sums up the 9-day programme very positively: “The ‘blue innovation dock’ has come to stay. It proved a big success for the trade fair and opened a fascinating new perspective for the boating industry for a sustainable future. The presence of over 110 high-calibre speakers ranging from CEOs to political decision-makers emphasises the importance of sustainability for water sports. The industry has already made great strides in the development of sustainable materials, propulsion systems and marinas and we will be able to support them intensively in the future with the blue innovation dock.

boot will be at its Düsseldorf home port again from 20 to 28 January 2024.


The spectacular layout of the Sunseeker stand at Hall number 6 , on display several models and also at the stand was made the presentation of a co sharing ownership

 If it is not the most cosmopolitan boat show .. Dusseldorf show has like no other a  great diversification of products and nautical activities , new models as here top left a model of day yacht, diving, boats as here  bottom right  , another boats as axopar that takes kayaks and bikes ,also open sides boats that mekes beam wider  ,  innovations all around


 The amazing stand of the Ferretti Group , on display "the art of elegance represented by Riva" with three units including the Riva Perseo, the Ferretti 58 and high performance Pershing .Also a  full presentation of  scale models of the whole range of Ferretti yachts were distributed all around the stand .Elegance everywhere.

The dashboards were an eye catcher onboard , the most beautiful designs were at the show.

Absolute the prestigious italian brand had a big stand with four units on display

The diversity of flybridge layouts offer to the customers a big possibilities of luxury options.

The magic of this show and its great way of its layout of halls , make possible a great diversification of products for all nautical lovers.

Nautical art it is also represented at the show, there is also a pabillion dedicated to the "Nautical art" that by the way it has many fantastic "units of art" on display from paints and sculptures to many smart inventions and furniture, among other things.

Sailboats were one of the biggest attractions at the show, plurality of good and new designs and ideas and a wide range of colors

A yachts a fusion the art of sailing, design and light materials.

The game of bows had been well represented at the sailworld this year

The prestigious boat builder Swan had presented his first motor boat , the "shadow" a high speed tender.

A brand that is always on display at the show, the German Frers designs of Hallberg Rassy, the sailboats from 34 to 69 ft.

The canoe circuit specially prepared to keep the attraction of the youngers visitors

If there is a boat show for lovers of diving activities , that show is Dusseldorf


A huge range of watertoys all around the halls in all kind of shapes and colors

Sirena Marine the turkirsh shipyard , here with its model 78

One of the biggest attractions, the swimming pool were several nautical sports and activities are on display.Hall 16

Invictus the prestigious italian shipyard , with the whole range of selected yachts designed by the also prestigious Christian Grande

Scale models are also one of the greatest attractions, from nowadays yachts till historical ships

The english yard Fairline , here "reloaded" with its fantastic 33ft


The austrian yard Frauscher at the avant garde of the design and quality