49th International Boat Show Hamburg

For the first time, all eleven halls at the New Hamburg Trade Fair – of which seven are entirely new – will be used for an exhibition open to the general public. This means that the more than 800 exhibitors who will be presenting their wares from 25 October to 2 November 2008 will be exhibiting on a total area of around 82,000 square metres of hall space – around 5,000 more than in the previous year. The Hamburg Messe completed the last new hall – B7 – a full half year ahead of schedule so that all new halls will be ready for shows by the autumn.

The additional exhibition space is attended by the reorganization of the 49th International Boat Show. Exhibitors and visitors will now be able to benefit from themed exhibition areas and may look forward to a variety of presentations in Area A beneath the television tower and in Area B.

Yachts and boats will be on show in Area A. With a clear height of 18 metres, Hall A1 will be providing the necessary space for big production sailing yachts. All products for motorized water sports – from tenders to impressive luxury yachts – will be concentrated in Halls A2 to A4. With engines of all types and sizes on show in Hall A3, the hanseboot 2008 will be catering to the decisive role that engines play in this segment. Participation and competition will be the order of the day in the model-boat race that the magazine "boote" is staging in cooperation with the hanseboot.

A glass bridge leads from Area A across the Karolinenstraße to Area B where visitors will be welcomed by a broad range of products and the new "hanseboot arena". The halls parallel to the St. Petersburger Straße, numbered from B1 to B4, have been complemented by Halls B5 to B7. As in the previous year, the largest hall at the Hamburg Messe – Hall B6 with 13, 000 square metres at the South Entrance – has been turned into a gigantic presentation of equipment and accessories. Besides high-quality equipment and quality accessories, all electronics manufacturers will as a hanseboot 2008 premiere be represented in this hall so that skippers will find everything they will need for the new season under a single roof.

Hall B5 was still under construction at last year's show, but, now that it has been completed, this year it will be addressing all the senses: the hanseboot arena will be home to the with 15 times 20 metres largest water basin ever built at the Hamburg boat show. A wind machine, a large stage and a spectators' area for 200 visitors will constitute the additional framework for a programme of entertainment and information that promises around-the-clock fun sports and water sports to experience, participate in and get close to. All the leading sailing dinghy and skiff suppliers as well as sports catamarans, class associations, sailing clubs and societies will be moving into Hall B5. Right next door, Hall B7, the last to be completed, will become the modern setting for large sailing yachts with elegant lines and noble designs.

The ground floor of Hall B1 will be where wind- and kite-surfers, wake-boarders, divers and suppliers of water skis, canoes and kayaks will be represented. They will also be presenting a rich and varied programme for visitors to join in. Charter companies and water sports schools will be informing about their programmes on the top floor of Hall B1. More sailing yachts may be found in Hall B2. This will also be where shipyards, designers and the Deutsche Boots- und Schiffbauer-Verband (DBSV) will be located. Hall B3 will be providing a platform for marinas, maritime institutions and associations.

Hall B4 at the East Entrance will be a must for fans of classic yachts: this is where in particular the aesthetic lines of the 12-metre racing yacht Sphinx – built in 1939 – will be attracting the attention of visitors. Right next door, contemporary marine artists and galleries will be showing works associated with the sea and water sports. The DBSV will also be presenting itself with a special show of extraordinary yachts.

hanseboot will be cooperating with "Yacht" magazine in staging the "Championship of Champions" on the "Außenalster" on the opening weekend. For the 29th time, Germany's best of the best – including Olympic competitors, World and European champions – will be battling it out for the hanseboot-Cup.

More than 800 exhibitors from 30 countries will from 25 October to 2 November be presenting more than 1,200 boats and yachts at the hanseboot 2008 – the perfect ordering date for the 2009 summer season. Many premieres from entry-level boats to noble ocean-going yachts and international new developments in equipment and accessories will be on show here. More large sailing and motor yachts will be tying up on the "Baumwall" at the hanseboot marina, which may be reached from the exhibition premises by shuttle bus.

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