Jan 29, 2015

Boot Düsseldorf 2015 - Part 2

We visited this year's edition of Düsseldorf boat show on 18th of January. Apart from various luxury yachts such as Oyster 585 & 885, Hallberg-Rassy 64, Discovery 58 and many others, there were also a wide selection of interesting smaller sailing boats by smaller yards, which are not that well-known or common sight in the northern Baltic waters.

Saffier Sc 8m Cabin - beautiful small cruiser by a Dutch yard

For example, a German Scalar 34 was a new acquaintance for me. With varnished coachroof and narrow transom, Scalar reminded me of classic Vindö yachts. Scalar also has a longish fin-keel in today's standards and the ballast is encapsulated similar to ours, which is not that common construction anymore. 

Beautiful woodwork on traditional Scalar 34

In part one of my Boot 2015 video, Magnus Rassy explained how Hallberg-Rassy combines modern design features with tradition. In this second part of the video, I talk with Thomas Dan Hougaard from Danish Faurby Yacht and Jørn Olesen from Nordship Yachts

The first sailing boat in our family was a small 22ft Nordship 666 from the 80s. However, today's Nordships have quite a bit different concept with large deck saloons and currently the smallest boat in their range is a 36 footer. Faurby Yacht on the other hand was almost a new acquaintance for me: last summer in Stockholm Wasahamn, we had a berth next to a Faurby 335. The boat seemed to be modern and traditional at the same time and the most notable difference compared to the majority of contemporary production boats was the Faurby's relatively narrow hull. Thus, it was interesting to hear about the concept behind this boat. 

Jan 23, 2015

Boot Düsseldorf 2015

We visited Boot Düsseldorf, the world's largest indoor boat show on the Sunday of the opening weekend. Although there were apparently less boats than on the previous years, the boat fair was nevertheless huge. The number of boats and exhibition halls was actually too large to cover in one day and thus we only toured less than half of the total of seventeen halls.

We were mostly concentrating on the two halls, which were reserved for sailing boats. I was especially interested checking out boats that are not that familiar in our home waters and local boat shows. Those included larger models of the world renowned brands as well as some smaller boats by the smaller yards. More about the latter category in the next blog post and video.

On Sunday morning, I also had a nice opportunity to sit down with Magnus Rassy, the CEO of Hallberg-Rassy. It was interesting to hear his views for example on combining traditional HR features with modern sailboat design. Check out his interview from the video.

Contest 42 CS 

Brightly coloured galley and saloon in the new Discovery 58. 

HR64, the flagship of the Hallberg-Rassy

 Spacious galley on HR64

 Exploration 45, the sistership of the Jimmy Cornell's new Aventura IV.

Exploration 45: 270 degrees views from the saloon.  

Jan 10, 2015

New video: Wintery scenes

The early winter here has been mostly mild, but during the Christmas holiday, the weather turned colder and wintery and also the Sun was shining for a couple of hours. This created beautiful snowy scenery in the forrest, which was something that I had been waiting for to test flying and filming with the Phantom 2 drone in the forrest.

I also wanted to test our new Panasonic GH4 and especially its slow motion qualities. This DSLR camera can record 4K video at 30 frames per second. However, when shooting at 1080p resolution, one can increase the frame rate up to 96 frame rates, which gives nice 25 % slow motion on 24p recording.

Here is a short video from the wintery archipelago: