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In Pictures: Boats and water toys of the 2015 Interboot show

In Pictures: Boats and water t...
Interboot 2015
Interboot 2015
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Topcat catamaran at Interboot 2015
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Topcat catamaran at Interboot 2015
The TIWAL inflatable sailing dinghy makes sailing more accessible and transportable
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The TIWAL inflatable sailing dinghy makes sailing more accessible and transportable
Shown here at Interboot, the new Dragonfly 25 trimaran premiered at the Boot Düsseldorf show back in January
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Shown here at Interboot, the new Dragonfly 25 trimaran premiered at the Boot Düsseldorf show back in January
Germany's LA Yacht & Bootsbau premieres the 28 sailing yacht
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Germany's LA Yacht & Bootsbau premieres the 28 sailing yacht
LA Yacht & Bootsbau at Interboot 2015
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LA Yacht & Bootsbau at Interboot 2015
The Bente24 project began in 2014 with the aim of designing a sailboat to attract new, young sailers
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The Bente24 project began in 2014 with the aim of designing a sailboat to attract new, young sailers
The Bente24 is a simple, minimalistic design that starts at €25,000 ready to sail
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The Bente24 is a simple, minimalistic design that starts at €25,000 ready to sail
The Bente24 sailing cruiser is aimed at attracting a younger breed of sailer that its designers believe the industry is missing
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The Bente24 sailing cruiser is aimed at attracting a younger breed of sailer that its designers believe the industry is missing
A Torqeedo electric motor is available on the Bente24 as a €5,590 option
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A Torqeedo electric motor is available on the Bente24 as a €5,590 option
Bambo bicycle at Bente's booth
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Bambo bicycle at Bente's booth
Germany's Torqeedo is a top manufacturer of electric boat motors
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Germany's Torqeedo is a top manufacturer of electric boat motors
A portable boating option, the German-made Banana-boat assembles from a series of panels within a few steps
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A portable boating option, the German-made Banana-boat assembles from a series of panels within a few steps
Banana-boat models are designed to be used as dinghies, rowboats, sailboats, motorboats and more
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Banana-boat models are designed to be used as dinghies, rowboats, sailboats, motorboats and more
Banana-boat sailboat
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Banana-boat sailboat
Hydrofoiling catamarans at Interboot 2015
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Hydrofoiling catamarans at Interboot 2015
Hydrofoiling catamarans at Interboot 2015
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Hydrofoiling catamarans at Interboot 2015
A work in progress ...
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A work in progress ...
Another interesting portable, compacting boat, the Polish-designed Siesta Solemaran breaks down and travels on a vehicle roof rack or trailer
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Another interesting portable, compacting boat, the Polish-designed Siesta Solemaran breaks down and travels on a vehicle roof rack or trailer
The Siesta Solemaran relies on a Torqeedo electric motor drive, offering up to eight hours of water time with a single battery, or 14 hours with a dual-battery set-up
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The Siesta Solemaran relies on a Torqeedo electric motor drive, offering up to eight hours of water time with a single battery, or 14 hours with a dual-battery set-up
Switzerland's Boesch Boats designs beautiful vessels with V8 or electric power
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Switzerland's Boesch Boats designs beautiful vessels with V8 or electric power
Germany's Young Urban Boating (YUB) has some of the most colorful, eye-catching boats of the show
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Germany's Young Urban Boating (YUB) has some of the most colorful, eye-catching boats of the show
YUB 6 Coupe
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YUB 6 Coupe
Finland's Axopar offers a range of 28- and 37-foot motorboats
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Finland's Axopar offers a range of 28- and 37-foot motorboats
The Chilli Island electric leisure vessel includes an ice bucket
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The Chilli Island electric leisure vessel includes an ice bucket
The two-person Chilli Islandwas designed for carefree, on-water relaxation
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The two-person Chilli Islandwas designed for carefree, on-water relaxation
The Chilli island includes an onboard Bluetooth sound system
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The Chilli island includes an onboard Bluetooth sound system
A closer look at the Chilli Island's navigation trackball and computer
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A closer look at the Chilli Island's navigation trackball and computer
The Chilli Island is powered by a .5- or 1-kW Torqeedo motor
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The Chilli Island is powered by a .5- or 1-kW Torqeedo motor
J-Force shows its concept eJet all-electric PWC
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J-Force shows its concept eJet all-electric PWC
The eJet is powered by a 320-hp electric drive
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The eJet is powered by a 320-hp electric drive
The eJet from J-Force
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The eJet from J-Force
J-Force is now offering the eBoard for preorder
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J-Force is now offering the eBoard for preorder
The eBoard features a 15-hp two-jet electric drive controlled by a wireless glove
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The eBoard features a 15-hp two-jet electric drive controlled by a wireless glove
The eBoard has a listed top speed of 55 km/h (34 mph)
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The eBoard has a listed top speed of 55 km/h (34 mph)
The J-Force eFlex glove lets you accelerate with bend of your index finger and shows information on a back-of-hand display
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The J-Force eFlex glove lets you accelerate with bend of your index finger and shows information on a back-of-hand display
The Klassikwelt Bodensee show advertises with some classic road vehicles at the boat show
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The Klassikwelt Bodensee show advertises with some classic road vehicles at the boat show
Germany's Runa 8 at Interboot
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Germany's Runa 8 at Interboot
Germany's Runa 8 at Interboot
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Germany's Runa 8 at Interboot
Initially we thought this boat was the all-new Frauscher 1414 Demon, which is shown on the poster on the floor, but the lines don't quite match up. It looks more like the 858 Fantom. The 1414 Demon will make its world debut at Boot Düsseldorf next year.
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Initially we thought this boat was the all-new Frauscher 1414 Demon, which is shown on the poster on the floor, but the lines don't quite match up. It looks more like the 858 Fantom. The 1414 Demon will make its world debut at Boot Düsseldorf next year.
Frauscher always catches our eye with its sleek designs
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Frauscher always catches our eye with its sleek designs
Sealine C330
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Sealine C330
Aboard the Sealine C330
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Aboard the Sealine C330
Highfield rigid inflatable boat (RIB)
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Highfield rigid inflatable boat (RIB)
Brig RIBs
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Brig RIBs
Remia Plast Nautika 500K
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Remia Plast Nautika 500K
This little Hellwig Jet Sportedition looks like a blast to drive
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This little Hellwig Jet Sportedition looks like a blast to drive
Aqua glide's inflatable Supersport can work as a sit-down sailboat and a stand-up windsurfer
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Aqua glide's inflatable Supersport can work as a sit-down sailboat and a stand-up windsurfer
Volvo Penta shows its new-generation 240-hp 4.3-liter V6 engine, which uses technologies like direct fuel injection and an all-aluminum block
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Volvo Penta shows its new-generation 240-hp 4.3-liter V6 engine, which uses technologies like direct fuel injection and an all-aluminum block
Rapp Blue Sky 600
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Rapp Blue Sky 600
A look at the gorgeous cockpit of the Rapp Blue Sky 600
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A look at the gorgeous cockpit of the Rapp Blue Sky 600
At the helm of the Rapp Lake Constance 760
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At the helm of the Rapp Lake Constance 760
Thoma T1
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Thoma T1
Starcraft 2119
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Starcraft 2119
Katsol 16
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Katsol 16
As the birthplace of the zeppelin, Friedrichshafen is home to Zeppelin University, a zeppelin museum and scenic zeppelin tours
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As the birthplace of the zeppelin, Friedrichshafen is home to Zeppelin University, a zeppelin museum and scenic zeppelin tours
In addition to seeing zeppelin references all around Friedrichshafen, it's common to see zeppelins sailing overhead
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In addition to seeing zeppelin references all around Friedrichshafen, it's common to see zeppelins sailing overhead
Sealegs amphibious boat outside at Interboot
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Sealegs amphibious boat outside at Interboot
Torqeedo-powered electric tender
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Torqeedo-powered electric tender
The Interboot 2015 harbor
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The Interboot 2015 harbor
The Interboot 2015 harbor
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The Interboot 2015 harbor
The Interboot 2015 harbor
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The Interboot 2015 harbor
The Interboot 2015 harbor
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The Interboot 2015 harbor
Porsche 911 on display at Interboot harbor
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Porsche 911 on display at Interboot harbor
ADAC Powerboat School display
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ADAC Powerboat School display
Powerboats take to the Bodensee (Lake Constance)
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Powerboats take to the Bodensee (Lake Constance)
Powerboats take to the Bodensee (Lake Constance)
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Powerboats take to the Bodensee (Lake Constance)
Harley Davidson Sportster XL 1200 CB-based RST "Dirt Bike"
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Harley Davidson Sportster XL 1200 CB-based RST "Dirt Bike"
On the harbor at Interboot 2015
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On the harbor at Interboot 2015
The Boner Kayak breaks down into a compact package that can slide into a trunk or rear car bench
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The Boner Kayak breaks down into a compact package that can slide into a trunk or rear car bench
The Boner Kayak takes less than five minutes to construct into 11.5-foot form
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The Boner Kayak takes less than five minutes to construct into 11.5-foot form
The Swiss-designed Boner Kayak is a modular boat that breaks down into a compact, wheeled package for transport
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The Swiss-designed Boner Kayak is a modular boat that breaks down into a compact, wheeled package for transport
Interboot 2015
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Interboot 2015

After viewing the concept cars, SUVs and other attractions of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Gizmag headed south to Lake Constance for the 2015 Interboot show. The show isn't quite as large as Boot Düsseldorf, which we attended back in January, but it is blessed with late-summer weather and a location right on the water. We saw everything from ceiling-scraping sailboats and hydrofoils, to compact electric leisure vessels, to modulars and inflatables.

Compact, portable designs

Multi-piece, packable boats have been trendy in general in recent years, and a number of companies from around Europe used Interboot to show their own ultra-portable solutions. We already looked at the Boner Kayak, and another design that really caught our attention was the Siesta Solemaran.

The Siesta Solemaran relies on a Torqeedo electric motor drive, offering up to eight hours of water time with a single battery, or 14 hours with a dual-battery set-up
The Siesta Solemaran relies on a Torqeedo electric motor drive, offering up to eight hours of water time with a single battery, or 14 hours with a dual-battery set-up

A bit larger than the kayaks and rowboats typical of multi-piece, collapsible boat design, the Polish-designed Solemaran is a dual-hulled electric boat for two that breaks down via a series of structural deck planks and supports. It's not nearly as compact as some other designs we've looked at, but it's sized to fit neatly on a rooftop kayak rack or on the Solemaran trailer.

A more youthful spirit

A few mavericks within the boating industry feel that the market has gotten too mature and stale. In an effort to color in some of the gray of those seafaring beards, they're designing vessels that are more visually appealing and youthful. It's in the name for Germany's Young Urban Boating (YUB), which slices distinct lines and curves into its advanced-composite hulls and splashes them with bright, cheery colors.

YUB 6 Coupe
YUB 6 Coupe

While YUB's vessels were certainly cool, the Bente24 was probably the most interesting example we saw of a new "young" boat. Created with help from a group of design students and a large social media following, the Bente24 is positioned as a fresh, reborn sailing cruiser. The project began in early 2014 and went from rough idea to sea-ready prototype in a little over a year.

The Bente24 is a simple, streamlined design developed from the outside in – the focus is on fast cruising, not so much on luxurious on-water living. The Bente team has worked hard to leave out unnecessary equipment that not all buyers need or want, keeping the price of the basic, ready-to-sail boat at €25,000 (US$28,000). Buyers that want more can build their vessel up from the options list with equipment like slide-out cooking and wash modules that stow away under the seats.

The Bente24 project began in 2014 with the aim of designing a sailboat to attract new, young sailers
The Bente24 project began in 2014 with the aim of designing a sailboat to attract new, young sailers

We have to say that Bente designers have done a good job developing a fresh design because the boat caught our attention well before we knew anything about it. The sharp, clean white hull, tinted glass and orange structural support make it hard to ignore.

Electric power

Electric power continues to be fashionable on the water, and we saw many a craft flashing the grays and oranges of a Torqeedo electric motor out its backside, including the aforementioned Bente24.

Beyond the debuts of the Chilli Island and J-Force electric water toys, the most interesting thing in electric design we saw came from Boesch. The Swiss boatyard speaks of a proprietary laminate process that it uses to transform multiple layers of mahogany into hulls that are highly aesthetic, lightweight, torsionally rigid and stable. It offers both electric and V8 options on boats ranging in size from 20.3 to 24.6 feet (6.2 to 7.5 m). Its electric boats aren't quite as powerful or fast as the NOX SV, but they do offer a similarly attractive blend of wood construction and quiet, zero-emissions power.

Switzerland's Boesch Boats designs beautiful vessels with V8 or electric power
Switzerland's Boesch Boats designs beautiful vessels with V8 or electric power

There were plenty more highlights in Friedrichshafen. Head over to our gallery to take a tour.

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