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boot Düsseldorf 2024 - An edition boycotted by the multihulls

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Some players are even nervous about the damage caused by inflation, rising interest rates and geopolitical uncertainties. For us, this 2024 boot vintage was most notably all a missed appointment for the multihull sailboat industry. Apart from a few sport catamarans and beach toys, only the Tricat 6.90 made the trip from Brittany to be displayed in hall 15, traditionally reserved for multihulls. With the exception of the Excess stand and the more or less consistent representations of a few builders (Fareast, Fountaine Pajot, Gunboat, McConaghy, Nautiks, Nautitech, NEEL Trimarans, Windelo...), the builders were clearly boycotting boot this year, making the ‘multihull village’ a deserted place. The absence of Lagoon, by far the world leader in the sector, is obviously highly symbolic. As for powercats, the atmosphere was a little less bleak, with the presence of the Prestige M48 and the YOT36. The Dragonfly 32 and 40 were be presented in Hall 16, alongside the monohulls. This is a long-standing incursion by the Danish shipyard, with Hall 15 only a few yards away... So, it’s presumably time to talk about the subject that’s causing a stir: if multihull builders no longer come to Düsseldorf, it’s because they don’t feel they get much consideration there, even though they have become the driving force of the boating sector. Faced with a somewhat old-fashioned vision, the multihull builders are unashamedly claiming the heart of the famous Hall 16, even if it means upsetting the establishment... we are witnessing a kind of war of the worlds, that of the old and its traditional teak-capped monohulls against the modern and its yachts built for living aboard – on two or three hulls. But whoever said that the history of boating was a bed of roses?

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