Estonia is planning five world premieres on over 879 square meters of exhibition space at the boat show in Düsseldorf on January 21st to the 29th. Estonia will double its exhibition space with twelve exhibitors presenting their maritime products – from motor and sailboats to tourism services – in five booths. On Monday, January 23rd at 3:30pm, a reception will be held with the participation of the new Estonian Ambassador to Germany Mr Mart Laanemäe.
The centre of Estonian shipbuilding will be located at booth 10E73, in hall 10 (motorboats). Six different exhibitors will be spread across 432 square meters. This is also where the Estonian reception will take place featuring local delicacies and presentations of all five of the country’s world premieres.
In 2015, 26 Estonian companies built recreational boats of all types. According to a study of the Small Craft Competence Center (SCC), 238 employees were responsible for revenues of almost 14 million euros. In shipbuilding, Estonia has become the country that implements projects requiring high quality, innovative solutions and expertise. boot 2017 is the already the third time for Estonia to participate in the annual boat show in Düsseldorf which has resulted in Germany surpassing Finland as the number two export nation behind Sweden.
Alunaut from the island of Saaremaa has had a foothold in Germany for a long time. At the 2017 boot, the company premieres their newest life raft, the A6 RIB. The A6 RIB is 6.70 meters long and 2.5 meters wide to meet the request of the customers for a model that is trailerable without special permission. Alunaut will also baptize the AC-18, from the successful series of open “alumobos”. The company has also developed a lighter, more affordable L-version of AC-14, which will also be shown at boot for the first time. Among other projects, they are currently building a rescue boat for the German Red Cross.
In 2017, two other Estonian companies will be participating at Düsseldorf boat show for the first time. Nordtenwest from Viimsi on Tallinn Bay produces small work and motor boats. The versatile Trimaran Kalamarie i6.7 will be celebrating its world premiere on the Rhine.
Eysyla Yard, the Nowegian-owned company situated on the island of Saaremaa, builds motorboats for Norwegian boat brands, but is currently also expanding to the German market. The entirely new model Styx Exponent 78 is an 8-meter class suitable for heavy weather. boot will also mark the German premiere of the AluVenture 6500 CC.
The three other exhibitors in hall 10 include two regulars and a newcomer. Nord Boats from the South-Estonian town Valga will present three fiberglass models from NORD boats: the Classic 460, the Comfort 460 and the Commander 480. FloatMe, from Tartumaa, will show five examples of pier pontoons. The newcomer BalticTooling, from Laheküla (again from the island of Saaremaa), will exhibit moulded building components.
The new flagship of Estonian sailing yachts can be found at booth 15B03 in hall 15. The Saare 46 is the big sister of Saare Yachts, a shipbuilder from Nasva with a long tradition. Several months ago, they opened a branch in Germany at Yachtsport Eckernförde.
The German-owned Polar Yachts Manufactory from Pärnu, will be represented at booth 15B44 in hall 15 (sailboats). The shipbuilder will present two sailboat classics, a Folkboat and the Varianta 18, which are suitable even for beginners. Polar will also present a prototype of a variable width open-water catamaran (Futura 49), a single hull yacht (Polar 55) and an equipment module known as the Buddybox.
WakeStation from Tartu will be back in hall 1 (at booth 1B48) to present its water ski systems, featuring a 6.80-meter high tower, covered platform, tow equipment, and kickers (for jumps). The maritime lifestyle brand Marinepool, a strong Estonian showing with four locations for research and manufacturing, will exhibit at booth 11H41 in hall 11.
Exemplifying Estonia’s reputation as an ever more popular watersports destination are two charter companies at the tourism booth 13D68 in hall 13. Both Nord Sail, from the former Olympic harbor of Pirita, and Sailing.ee, located in Tallinn’s Old City Marina, offer bareboat charters and more from Estonia’s capital. Supporting them will be the Estonian Tourist Boardand the business development organization Enterprise Estonia, once again responsible for Estonia’s booths at the Düsseldorf boat show.