There are hundreds of exhibitors displaying methods to get on the water along with products, services, and technical innovations at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show, which is organised by British Marine.
These include the fastest, largest motor yachts, the UK debut of the Float8 luxury floating home, and the packraft from Paqualife (pictured below), which is small enough to fit into a rucksack.
In terms of gadgets, the world’s first rollable boat hook by Revolve Technology will be on display. The boat hook rolls down to the size of a coffee cup making it easy to stow and carry.
Also on show for the first time in the UK and Europe, Ocean Arts will be exhibiting its Marine Shield lightweight UV strip paint. This painting system enables sailmakers to apply strips of UV coloured paint onto sails, instead of having to use traditional sewn on UV strips or different colour fabrics, so boat owners, clubs, sailing schools and manufacturers can design creative sails while still ensuring longevity through UV protection.
Launching at the show, Escape’s portable loudspeakers from Ultimate Stream are weatherproof, wireless and rechargeable, offering over eight hours of listening indoors or outdoors. The world’s first ROKK Wireless 12/24V waterproof charging phone mat from Scanstrut will also be on display. Designed to install onto any flat surface, the phone sits on the mat with its edging bumpers to stop it sliding out, while the Qi-certified wireless charging technology with foreign object detection and intelligent thermal cut-off, guarantees safe and reliable charging in all environments.
Cactus’ 4G Xtream from Digital Yacht offers connectivity at up to 300MBs and up to 25 nautical miles offshore, enabling Zoom calls and emails and access to streaming services.
New Paguro generators will be on display on Advance Yacht System’s stand. Marine Energy System’s stand will include the latest technology to prevent underwater corrosion with EasyAnode. Also making its world debut on the Marine Energy System stand is the Ajax wireless security system which guards and monitors vessels and their safety whether at sea, or in the marina, at anchor or on the hard against intruders, fires and water leaks.
Another new boat monitoring system just launched and on show for the first time at Southampton is NE1Connect Ltd’s Boat-Hawk which enables users to view, set and alter alarms from home with the boat’s information viewable on smart phones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks and even Amazon Fire.
Rolly Tasker’s new Sveggen furler systems and Golden Arrow Marine’s UK launch of SmartGyro will be a the show. A new range of Excelleron Wave stainless steel boat trailers from Vandaes will also be shown for the first time at the show.
Artificial Intelligence is the key behind Oscar Sentry’s technology which enables reliable and safe identification of millions of detected objects at sea including non-signalled small craft, buoys and other floating objects. Search and Rescue and Coast Guard vessels as well as commercial craft, OSCAR can also support search efforts in Persons On Board (POB) situations and can be seen on the BSB Artificial Intelligence stand.
Southampton International Boat Show is also the place to pick up next year’s Almanac, Books and Charts. This year sees the launch of Shipshape, written by sailor, instructor and business leader Nick Bashford, which brings together the world of a yacht skipper and business leader, describing what sailing can tell us about the art of business leadership and strategy. Bashford will be present to sign his book to a preview audience from 10 September on the Shipshape stand, prior to general release on 17 September.