Motorboat & Yachting: This year’s London Boat Show will have a 60s revival area and the organisers have revealed some of the attractions in this new exhibit.

 

Visitors to the 2016 London Boat Show will have a chance to take a trip back to the swinging 60s with a new exhibit.

The 60s revival area was announced back in November, but now organisers British Marine Boat Shows have given us a bit more detail about what it will actually entail.

First up is one of the true icons of the 1960s boating – the Fairey Huntsman 28. A well-kept example of this classic boat will go on display, bringing Alan Burnard’s vision back to the London Boat Show.

On a more eccentric note, the 60s revival will also feature an Amphicar – one of the first examples of an amphibious vehicle, which was first launched in 1964.

As if that wasn’t enough, visitors will also be able to discover the Nomad, a two-in-one caravan and boat combi trailer that first emerged in 1963.

But perhaps the most exciting example of 1960s design on display is Charlotte, one of the original Princess Project 31 models that has been lovingly restored to celebrate the Plymouth yard’s golden anniversary.

She will be on display at Stand G120, where you can also see the modern Princess Yachts range that this seminal model inspired.

Advance tickets for the 2016 London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult. The show runs from Friday January 8 to Sunday January 17.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The long-awaited Sealine F530 will be getting its public debut next month at the Eurasia Boat Show in Istanbul.

 

It was back in June last year when Hanse Group released the first renderings of the Sealine F530 and our interested was piqued in a big way.

As the follow-up to the much-feted Sealine F380, the F530 looked like a very exciting new model indeed.

And now Hanse has confirmed that the public unveiling of this new flybridge will come, not in London, not in Dusseldorf, but in Istanbul.

The Sealine F530 will be getting its worldwide debut as part of the Eurasia Boat Show, which is due to run from February 13-21 in the Turkish city.

Sealine adds that the large floor-to-ceiling saloon windows are already in place ahead of the show. The firm also plans to host another launch event at its Greifswald yard in Germany later on this year.

The new flagship model promises a class-leading top deck in terms of space, thanks to two chunky supports that hang over the side decks.

Prices and UK delivery dates are yet to be confirmed, but we expect to get more details as the Istanbul show approaches.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Group dealers Ventura have released details of the Riva model that they will be bringing to the 2016 London Boat Show.

 

The Ventura stand at the London Boat Show is always very popular, and the Ferretti Group dealer hopes to continue this trend in 2016 with its latest Riva display.

Heading to the Excel Centre for next month’s ten-day event is a unique Riva Aquariva that has been finished in Bentley blue to match the owner’s luxury car.

Built in 2009, but evoking the classic styling that made Riva a worldwide name in the 1950s and 60s, the Bentley-edition Aquariva is up for sale with an asking price of €395,000 (approx £288,000).

Powered by a pair of 380hp Yanmar 6 LY3/UP engines, Bentley Blue is capable of a top speed of 42 knots.

This display will replace the secret auction for a classic Riva that Ventura has run for the past two years.

A spokesperson for Ventura said: “A new Bentley to match this Aquariva is of course readily available should anyone wish to recreate the set, but there’s unlikely ever to be another boat like this!”

Bentley Blue will go on display at the Excel Centre from January 8-17 on Stand A120. Advance tickets to the London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting from £10 per adult.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the 2016 London Boat Show have revealed more details about their new Mediterranean Bay attraction.

 

Back in October when we first previewed the 2016 London Boat Show, the new feature that really caught our imagination was the Mediterranean Bay.

A throwback to the days when the London Boat Show was held at Earls’ Court, this seemed like a great development.

Now, with less than a month to go until the doors of the Excel Centre are flung open to boating enthusiasts on January 8, organisers British Marine Boat Shows have given us more juicy details.

Located in the South West corner of the Excel Centre’s South Hall, the Mediterranean Bay will span an area measuring 500m2.

Visitors to the ten-day show will be able to try out a variety of on-water activities, ranging from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding to more unusual pursuits like water walking.

Training in specialist skills will also be provided, including close-quarters yacht manoeuvring and blind steering a powerboat.

What’s more, Rockley Watersports will be running a daily timetable of seminars showcasing essential skills like escaping a capsize.

Finally, the pool will be used for expert demonstrations of new boating equipment, such as Bainbridge Marine liferafts, Rotinor dive scooters and Argus thermal imaging cameras.

Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows, said: “At the show our visitors like to experience and participate in different boating activities. They really enjoy the educational and interactive elements that we offer.

“The Mediterranean Bay attraction at this year’s show will provide this as well as giving visitors the chance to learn, have fun and relax in the Mediterranean surroundings.”

To help create a Mediterranean atmosphere, the pool will be fringed by cafes and eateries, as the artist’s impression above shows.

Advance tickets to the 2016 London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Next month’s London Boat Show will be officially opened by Lucy Watson, star of TV show Made In Chelsea, it has been announced.

 

The London Boat Show always features a sprinkling of stardust and next month’s event will be no exception, with Lucy Watson of Made In Chelsea fame due to cut the ribbon.

The actress, model and avid sailor will be appearing at the British Marine Boat Shows stand at 1100 on Friday January 8, the organisers announced.

In a statement, British Marine Boat Shows added: “As a firm fixture of the London social scene and a fan of all kinds of activity on the water, Lucy is a great fit for the show.”

Lucy will no doubt want to check out the new Mediterranean Bay area, which gives show visitors a chance to get on the water indoors.

Other key attractions at the 2016 London Boat Show will include the public launch of the new Princess 75 and Sunseeker 131.

Advance tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult for midweek entry. Those wishing to see Lucy Watson on preview day will have to pay the full rate of £20 per adult.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The Plymouth-based boatbuilder has confirmed that it will be bringing the new Princess 75 to the London Boat Show.

 

Princess Yachts has announced that it will be bringing the new Princess 75 to the London Boat Show, confirming the leaked information we reported last month.

The Plymouth-based yard explains that its launch is ahead of schedule and that the Princess 75 will replace the 88MY in the line-up heading to the Excel Centre next month (8-17 January).

Performance will be a key selling point, with a choice of three engine set-ups offering an estimated top speed of 35 knots.

Up on the flybridge, owners will find three seats at the helm station, a U-shaped dining area and sunpad aft.

Moving onto the main deck and the unique floor-to-ceiling window on the port side provides a real wow-factor.

Accommodation is provided by three en-suite guest cabins in the bows and an amidships owner’s cabin, which gets its own private staircase.

Other key features include a walk-through bow seating area and sliding glass doors that allow for a seamless flow between the cockpit and saloon.

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Motorboat & Yachting: London’s newest boat show is set to expand in 2016, with a new identity and brokerage partner.

 

The organisers of the London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show have revealed plans for their 2016 follow-up, which will see the St Katharine Docks exhibit rebranded as the London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show.

Following a successful inaugural year, the show will be expanding to take up much more of the docklands marina, with more than 60 used boats on due to go display from online brokerage firm Yachtworld.

Vessels for sale will range in length from 10m-40m, the organisers added, although larger vessels can be accommodated on the visitor’s berth outside St Katharine Docks.

What’s more, the four-day event will be shifted a month later than in 2015 and run from Wednesday May 4 to Saturday May 7.

The On-Water Boat Show will be run in parallel with the London Yacht Jet & Prestige Car Show and Prestige London, which will be returning to Old Billingsgate.

In a statement, the organisers added: “London On-Water will feature high-quality yachts and boats of all varieties for sale or charter, together with shore-side displays and entertainment.”

Advance tickets to the 2016 London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £18 per adult.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Gibbs Boat Sales has struck a deal with Monterey Boats to bring the American brand back to Britian as sole UK distributor.

 

Monterey Boats will be returning to Britain, after Gibbs Boat Sales was named as sole UK distributor for the American sportsboat brand.

The partnership will be officially announced next month at the London Boat Show 2016 (8-17 January) with five Monterey models due to go on display at the Excel Centre.

These will range from the two-berth Monterey 224 FSC to the four-berth Monterey 295 Sport Yacht, which is available with a maximum engine set-up of 430hp.

Don Bissessar, Managing Director of Gibbs Boat Sales, said: “We are very delighted with this agreement.

“We will now be able to offer our customers and loyal Monterey users the full range of boats from sport boats and bow riders to cruisers and sport yachts.”

Based in Poole, Gibbs Boat Sales also represents Cobalt, Grandezza and Regal Boats, and will be bringing a total fleet of 14 boats to the London Boat Show.

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Motorboat & Yachting: A leaked image appears to show the new Princess 75, which could be getting a public launch at the London Boat Show.

 

Back in September, when Princess Yachts revealed the renderings of its next two models – the Princess 75 and the Princess 49 – the smart money seemed to be on the smaller of the two models getting launched first.

However, it now seems that it is the Princess 75 that will be ready in time for the London Boat Show, after this behind-the-scenes picture was leaked.

A source close to Princess told MBY: “They’re planning to do a surprise launch at the Excel Centre, with the Princess 75 taking the place of the 88 MY.”

The news comes less than a week after Princess Motor Yacht Sales released a full-line-up of 11 boats due to make the journey up from Plymouth to London, with the Princess 88 as the star attraction.

There was no mention of either the Princess 49 or the Princess 75, much to the consternation of Princess Yachts fans hoping for a brand new model to view.

But if this leaked picture is to be believed, then it seems like the Princess team had a rather large trick up their sleeve all along.

Early details indicate that the Princess 75 will be fitted with a choice of three engines, the most powerful of which being a twin MAN V12 1800 set-up, capable of a top speed of 36 knots.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The French boating giant has announced that it will be launching the Bénéteau GT46 at next month’s Paris Boat Show.

 

Not content with the impending launch of the Swift Trawler 30, Beneteau has revealed that it will also be launching a new 44ft sportscruiser at the 2015 Paris Boat Show (December 5-13) in the form of the Bénéteau GT46.

As the pictures above show, it bears more than a striking resemblance to the Beneteau GT40, which was launched this summer.

However, the new arrival will also come with a full-beam owners cabin amidships as well as a forecabin that can be set up as either a double bed or a V-shaped twin berth.

A three-cabin layout with bunk beds replacing the lower saloon will also be offered as an alternative.

Power will come from a choice of Volvo Penta engine set-ups, either IPS 600 or twin 400hp sterndrives.

This should carry the Bénéteau GT46’s second generation Air Step planning hull to a top speed of more than 30 knots.

However, the modestly sized 900l fuel tank means this model will be more suited to short-range coastal cruising than tackling long passages.

The main galley is situated on the lower decks to free up more socialising space in the open-plan cockpit/saloon, although those looking to cook al fresco can make use of the transom wetbar and grill.

Other key features include electrically opening side windows, curved galley skylight, and high-low hydraulic bathing platform.

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