Yachting Monthly visits Boot 16 in Düsseldorf, Europe’s largest boat show, to see the new LA28


I’ll be the first to admit that a 28ft daysailer costing the best part of £70k – and that’s without sails and a motor – is not exactly a core Yachting Monthly boat but believe me, if you saw her at a boat show, you’d stop too.

Boot 16

The sensational lines run all the way aft, and the carbon fibre trim sets off the wood wonderfully

Her rather sumptuous curves are drawn by the very talented but curiously uncelebrated Martin Menzner, head of the German concern Berckemeyer Yacht Design, on Lake Waren. She’s build in cold moulded cedar using vacuum bagging for maximum infusion efficiency, then those dreamy khaya wood veneers are glued onto the hull using epoxy resin. The deck is teak, the keel is a lead bulb on a carbon fibre fin and the rudder is wood-cored carbon fibre.
Boot 16

Her cockpit suggests she’s simple to sail, as a daysailer should be

Up top she has a square-top mainsail on a carbon fibre rig with two aft-swept spreaders, a carbon fibre boom supported by a carbon fibre gas kicker and offwind sails are flown from a retractable bowsprit, in carbon fibre, naturally. Two Harken winches handle lines and a Bartels furler below deck for the self-tacking jib.
Boot 16

Pretty special, eh? Not much below but what there is really impresses

The retractable pole and the furler comprise most of the features down below. Apart from opulent swathes of rich, matt varnished wood begging to be stroked, there are four rather slender berths, strictly for beautiful people, two bin lockers for odds and ends, a couple of batteries tucked away for the 2.5kW electric motor that powers this example, and not much else.

Who would she suit?
Apart from having a fair chunk of the disposable and probably a waterside property (think Como, or Geneva) at which to berth their LA28, her owners are likely to be art collectors, with an unassailable eye for the exquisite.
Price €90,252 inc VAT, ex sails and motor (Around £68,435 inc VAT)
LOA 8.5m 27ft 11in
LWL 8m 26ft 3in
Cabins 0
Beam 2.5m 8ft 3in
Draught 1.75m 5ft 9in
Displacement 1,500kg 3,306lbs
Contact LA Yacht
Email info@la-yacht.de
Website www.la-yacht.de

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