Be well-prepared for your holiday with boot Düsseldorf
A fascinating aspect of charter holidays is that it is easy to discover new and unknown destinations on board of your charter yacht. That's why every successful charter holiday needs good preparation beforehand!
boot Düsseldorf offers free assistance with planning your charter cruise in the form of personal advice from our cruising coaches. They are independent experts, providing practical advice how to prepare your charter cruise - free of charge!
Individual advice at boot
The boot Düsseldorf cruising coaches are looking forward to interesting consulting sessions in Hall 13 at the Destination Seaside! Our experts will help you in individual conversations at the Cruise Information Centre with the right choice of sailing destinations and information on the most beautiful harbours and anchorages worldwide, the best restaurants and bars as well as on equipment required on board, such as nautical charts, harbour handbooks and weather information. Interested trade fair visitors can book an appointment with the consultants in advance on the internet. Booking tool will follow.
For the very special dream destinations such as the Caribbean, the South Seas or the Seychelles, circumnavigator Mareike Guhr is the right contact. She knows her way around all the oceans and passionately describes the most beautiful anchorages on our planet. She is also happy to provide information about the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and many areas of the Mediterranean.
She is an experienced skipper, sailing journalist and the blue water expert in the team. Therefore she is happy to advise long-distance sailors and those who want to become one. As an enthusiastic multihull sailor, she is also an expert for catamaran cruises.
The Hamburg native learned to sail on her family's own trimarans and has been sailing on all oceans with a wide variety of ships for over 30 years. The book authoress ("Blau Türkis Grün") was a skipper for charter agencies, led many crews on cruises and regattas and sailed often with pure women teams. The promotion and training of women is particularly important to her.
Now the Hamburg-based yachtswoman is once again on a long journey with her catamaran "Moana" and is also taking fellow sailors on board. Mareike spent 2020 in the Caribbean and then sailed the US East Coast and the Bahamas for two years. She will be travelling from Panama for the "boot", as she is sailing through the Channel and to the South Seas in 2024. More info about Mareike Guhr at www.magsail.de.
As a long-time skipper on charter trips, Monika Lehn has extensive knowledge of the area. She knows what is important when chartering and planning a trip and is able to assess which areas are suitable for the respective crew. She is also happy to recommend worthwhile destinations for shore excursions.
Her main areas of focus in the Mediterranean are Greece, Croatia, Southern France, Italy, Malta and Corsica. She is also happy to advise on transfers between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and is very familiar with the Canary Islands and the Seychelles. She has extended her experience with tidal waters on the French Atlantic coast and in northern Australia. She often sails with all-female crews.
The social education worker and systemic counsellor explored the German Bight and the Wadden Sea intensively on her self-built cruising catamaran at the end of the 1990s. Many cruises followed and in 2015 she made sailing her main profession. Today, she organises and accompanies crews in various sailing areas and passes on her practical knowledge in individual sailing training. In particular, she likes to support women in strengthening their self-confidence in their own abilities and in developing their sailing skills. More information about the person at www.Monika-Lehn.de
Main focus of consulting by Monika Lehn:
South of France
Gibraltar - Canaries
French side Channel
North & Baltic Sea
North Sea - Baltic Sea
General trip advice
Cruising as a couple
The journalist, book author and small publisher Martin Muth is a specialist in Mediterranean issues. After almost 10 years as head of department at the sailing magazine "Yacht" (there also founder of the former special magazine "Yacht Charter"), he took over the Mediterranean information office in the German Sailing Association, cruiser department, in 2001.
Martin Muth has sailed in many areas, e.g. in the North and Baltic Seas, in the Netherlands, in the Caribbean and between the islands of the Seychelles ... After the Adriatic, the Balearic Islands and Mallorca became his second sailing home.
Martin Muth was a daily newspaper editor in the Ruhr area before moving to Hamburg and joining the sailing magazine "Yacht". His first major cruises took him to Dutch waters and the Adriatic. In addition, he also devoted himself to photography. In addition to several manuals, he also produced illustrated books about regions of the Mediterranean.
North and Baltic Sea
General cruise advice
Bernard Schwab - Expert for charter beginners & the Croatian islands
Bernard Schwab is also a member of the Boat Trip Advisory team. He likes to encourage and advise newcomers to chartering. Among other things, he has already written down his knowledge in his well-known beginners' primer on the subject of yacht charter, which is aimed specifically at those skippers who are chartering for the first time and would like to prepare for their trip in more detail in advance.
Bernard Schwab mainly cruises in the Mediterranean and works out excellent cruise plans for the South of France as well as the Greek, Croatian and Italian islands, which he knows well from countless cruises. But he also seeks variety in other areas such as the Azores, the Danish South Sea (which is on his doorstep) or the archipelago off Stockholm.
Bernard Schwab's consulting focus:
Danish South Sea
Bay of Kiel
South of France
Central & South Croatia
Jürgen Straßburger - Expert for Croatia, European inland waters and beginner topics
Since the 1970s, the journalist, born in 1945, has been on the water - under sail and under motor. After numerous passage trips to the Mediterranean, he turned his hobby into a profession at the end of the 1980s: He took over the helm of the travel section at the motorboat magazine BOOTE, which he headed until 2010. Since 2010 he has been working as a freelance water sports author: He has published several inland guides and two coastal handbooks on Croatia. For BOOTE, he continues to write regularly on the topic of getting started in water sports."
Jürgen Straßburger advises motorboat drivers on all areas in inland waters in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy and on the Danube up to and including Budapest. But also more unusual inland waters like the Göta Canal in Sweden, the Intra Coastal Waterway in the USA or the canals and lakes in England and Scotland can be found in his repertoire. Straßburger also knows the most beautiful corners and routes in the coastal waters of the Ionian Sea, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Spain (incl. Balearic Islands) and France in the Mediterranean Sea, Germany, Denmark, Sweden (west coast), Norway (south coast), Poland and Lithuania (Klaipeda incl. Curonian Lagoon & Nemunas Delta) on the Baltic Sea coast. Of course, the German and Dutch North Sea coasts are not missing.