British Marine, the organiser of the Southampton International Boat Show, has said visitors will be able to see sailing yachts of “every size and shape” at this year’s event.
The event, from 10-19 September will feature world debuts, UK premiers, and the return of some of the most popular models from British and internationally-based boat builders.
“We’re delighted that so many companies have chosen Southampton as the venue for the world premieres of their new designs,” said British Marine CEO Lesley Robinson.
British shipyard Discovery will be showing the 14.5m Discovery 485 alongside a walk-in scale model of the interior of the new Southerly 42. “The Southampton International Boat Show is our home show, it enables us to showcase our yachts and demonstrate the best of British yacht building. Due to the size of the show, it offers fantastic brand awareness, not only to the UK but the international markets as well,” said Oliver Hayes, marketing manager at Discovery Shipyard.
Manufactured in Holland, Contest Yachts will be showing its 17m blue-water cruiser, 55CS, at the show.
French manufacturer Beneteau will have five models at the show, including the first chance to see the new Oceanis 40.1 and the 17m Oceanis 54.
French designer and builder Jeanneau will be showcasing the 33’ Sun Fast 3300 and its Sun Odyssey ranges – in sizes from 10.66m to 13.41m. “The British market is one of the most important and we have a huge fleet of Sun Fast 3300s sailing in the Solent,” says Antoine Chancelier of Jeanneau and Prestige.
Visitors can also see the new Dufour 470, making its debut at the show. The 14.85m boat is available in three models – Easy, Ocean and Performance – and will be on show alongside the smaller Dufour 430 and the Dufour 360.
The Salona 46 is also making a world premiere at the show. The short-handed, long distance performance cruiser is aimed at couples seeking an extended period of “comfortable passage making”, a trend which is rising in the UK.
UK-based Clipper Marine will be showing its range of Bavaria’s Category A sailing yachts. With nine models on show from Dehler, Moody and Hanse, the Inspiration Marine Group emphasised the importance of the boat show: “Not only can we showcase the latest models and innovations from our brands but also introduce the customers of the future to boating in a fun and interesting setting,” says director Phil Dollin.
The UK premier of the Dehler 38SQ (11.66m) will take place at the show, alongside the launch of the new 12.52m Moody DS41. Six different Hanse yachts – from the Hanse 348 at 10.4m to the Hanse 588 at 17.2m – will be lined up at the show.
Swedish boat builder Hallberg-Rassy has chosen Southampton International Boat Show as the venue for the international premier of the Hallberg-Rassy 400 (13.6m): “This will be a very important model in a very competitive sector of the European market,” says Jeremy Mason of Transworld Yachts. Transworld Yachts will also be exhibiting the Hallberg-Rassy 57 (18.44m).