Yachting World: The PSP Southampton Boat Show, which begins this week and runs through next week, has been given a makeover and will host of variety of new features and an impressive array of new yachts and gear launches.
Among a host of new yachts making their debut are the Allures 39.9, Beneteau’s Oceanis 35, Bavaria’s Easy 9.7, Discovery’s 55 MkII, Dufour’s 310, the GT35, the Hanse 445, the Sirius 40DS, Sunbeam’s 42.1, and the Varianta 37.
And there will be plenty of ways for the public to get afloat, including numerous Try-a-Boat vessels, a Challenge 72, and free dinghy sailing for 8-16-year-olds.
New features include live music tribute acts at the Guinness Bar each afternoon and a 100ft-high big wheel. The PSP Southampton Boatshow Eye will cost £3 for a 13-minute ride that provides panoramic views of the show.
Yachting World will be launching our new bluewater cruising techniques series of features and videos at sponsors Pantaenius’s stand on Friday 12 September. Come and join us and at 1500.
The show will also supporting and promoting ‘Bart’s Bash’ live on the final Sunday, 21 September. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, a charity that aims to transform the lives of young people through sailing, is the official charity for the show and will have a stand at the Holiday Inn.
Bart’s Bash aims to set a Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race in the world.
Bart Simpson’s eldest son Freddie, aged four, was the 1,000th sailor to register and will be sailing with his ‘Uncle Iain’ (Percy) in the Star keelboat in Portland – the same class of boat, seat and skipper that Freddie’s father ‘Bart’ was so successful with before he tragically died. Over 500 sailing clubs have signed up for the event so far.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Windy 39 Camira will make its debut this year at the Southampton Boat Show.
Quite a claim, but it’s not hard to see why the 39 is such a compelling driving machine with its sharp Hans Jørgen Johnson hull and up to 800hp being fed into the water via a pair of sterndrives.
Top speed is 45 knots but the real beauty of this boat is being able to cruise at 40 knots through a chop.
The cockpit is cleverly laid out and sociable, not to mention wonderfully open to the elements when the sun is shining. Windy’s clever folding canopy system means that getting some shelter isn’t too hard when it’s not, though.
Below decks, although the galley is a bit pokey and there’s nowhere to sit, the cabins are a good size and there’s a generous separate heads.
Another name has been confirmed for the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September), with Cowes boatbuilder Seaward set to make the short hop across the Solent for next month’s boating extravaganza.
The company bring along the latest version of the Seaward 25, which promises to be equal parts robust and stylish. The new interior specification of the Seaward 25-E14, to give the new motorcruiser its full title, features a redesigned ergonomic helm for more practical seafaring, including an adjustable seat, tilting steering wheel and height-adjustable footrest.
Boatbuyers will also find an extra two inches of headroom in the wheelhouse, deep moulded seats in the aft and a larger dining table. As well as the luxurious touches, practical considerations include additional storage and a new sliding hatch above the companionway.
There is no word on price as of yet, but the previous range started at around £113,000 for the entry-level twin-engined Yanmar 54bhp model. Those keen to get a closer look should head along to the Seaward stand (M122) in the Southampton show marina.
The Dutch steel yacht builder will be unveiling the latest version of the Grand Sturdy 34.9 Sedan at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
As the line-up for the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September 2014) continues to take shape, Dutch steel yacht manufacturer Linssen has confirmed it will be treating to a UK premiere.
The latest version of the Linssen Grand Sturdy 34.9 Sedan will be making its Southampton debut on the Boat Showrooms stand in berth M012, the company has confirmed.
This new displacement cruiser will be fitted with a single four-cylinder Volvo Penta D2, which generates 75bhp, resulting in a cruising speed of 6.5 knots and a top speed of 8 knots.
Boasting Linssen’s Variodeck sliding sunroof, this model has been updated for the 2015 season, complete with a new interior colour scheme.
With a base price of 263,400 euros (£208,000), this model is sure to attract a lot of attention from steel yacht fans.
Those clamouring to see the new Linssen after the show can book a private viewing at Swanwick Marina from 23-28 September 2014.
Linssen is the market leader in the steel yacht market and is currently celebrating its 65th anniversary year.
The latest big name boat brand to confirm its Southampton line-up is Sunseeker, with the British manufacturer confirming a world debut.
As the fourth model in the Manhattan line-up, the 65 will fit in between the 63ft and the 73ft versions. Other Sunseeker models to go on display at Southampton will include the 28 Metre Yacht, the 75 Yacht, the 68 Sport Yacht, the Manhattan 55, the San Remo 485, and the Portofino 40.
The Southampton show comes at the mid-way point of boat show season for Sunseeker, with the company also due to exhibit at the Cannes Yachting Festival (9-14 September 2014) and the Monaco Yacht Show (24-27 September 2014).
In other Sunseeker news, Motorboats Monthly has learnt that the company will be undertaking its largest and most ambitious boatbuilding project yet.
Currently under construction, the 168 Sport Yacht isn’t due to launch until 2017 and it will certainly be out of our price range.
But nonetheless, this tri-deck model promises to be truly spectacular, with a 4,000-mile range and a maximum speed of 25 knots. Watch this space.
German motoryacht manufacturer Bavaria has revealed details of its latest model, which will make its UK debut at the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September).
The Bavaria Sport 360 Coupe is a variant on the existing hardtop and open Sport 360 models, and the new vessel promises the utmost in versatility. Designed by Marco Casali, the 360 Coupe boasts large windows for better visibility, while the interior comes with a wide selection of fabric and woods.
Bavaria describes the helm design as “practical and simple”, while power on the base model will be drawn from twin Mercruiser 5.0 MPI DTS Brav III engines.
Meik Lessig, head of sales and after-sales at Bavaria, said: “We have analysed the needs of our customers along with our dealers around the world and incorporated them into the new Sport 360.
“A requirement of the market was to build a Bavaria Coupe also in this size range. And the lines of the Sport 360 realize our plans and we have succeeded very well with this new model.”
Interior pictures and technical specifications are yet to be released, but Bavaria has confirmed that the starting price will be 129,900 euros (£107,000) excluding VAT.
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Number of visitors to boat show up 2% over last year to 111,963
As the sun shone down on the last evening of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, organisers were left to celebrate a increase in attendance over last year, bucking a trend seen at most other major European shows.
Over the ten days of the event, 111,963 visitors came through the gates, up 2% on last year’s figure, despite some changeable autumn weather that saw a number of torrential downpours over the course of the show.
More than 120 boats made their debuts at Southampton, with the number of exhibitors totalling more than 600, representing 22 countries around the word.Murray Ellis, MD of show organiser National Boat Shows, said: “This year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show has been another world-class event. Visitors have enjoyed their day out with us and a good number have taken the opportunity to try different types of boating and watersports”.
“Seeing marine businesses making sales here confirms this show as a strong selling platform; people visit our Southampton show to buy boats and this has been very evident this year.”This is reflected in exhibitor comments from the show. Ashley Overton, sales director of boat dealer Ancasta, said: “Not only is there a feel-good factor, but after several years people are putting hands in their pockets and spending money.
“Sales have been good; we’re up on last year, on both power and sail boats”, Ian Braham, head of finance house Lombard, meanwhile, said marine finance enquiries at the show were up 10% compared to last year, and that business in the first six months of the year was up a significant 26% over the first half of 2012.
A total of 7,475 visitors flocked to the opening day of the PSP Southampton Boat Show 2013.
Numbers were down seven per cent on last year’s first day, which attracted 8,014 people but organisers said advance ticket sales were going strong, with more tickets sold in the last 24 hours compared to the same period a year ago.
Britain’s best-loved boat show got underway on Friday with a hive of activity, world launches and special guests who braved the mixed conditions of sunshine and showers.
The celebrity cast of The Mayflower Theatre’s Christmas pantomime: ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates’ got the show off to a dramatic start, as Brian Conley and Lesley Joseph – of ITV’s Birds of a Feather fame – posed on a replica Phoenician ship.
Lesley said: ‘It’s fantastic, the show is wonderful and the boats are amazing, it’s like entering Fantasy Island.
‘I have a little Scow dinghy myself. I learnt to sail about 20 years ago and although I’ve been too busy to do much lately, I love being on the sea whenever I can.’
Brian said: ‘I’ve had my fair share of moments on boats over the years, I’ve got a few friends who own boats but some of the superyachts here are amazing, like works of art.
‘I won’t be getting one unless I win the lottery or unless lots of people come and see me in the pantomime with the lovely Lesley Joseph.’
Something for everyone
Royal Marines joined PSP’s managing director Frank Dixie, marketing director Jo Dixie-Goodwin and National Boat Shows managing director Murray Ellis for the official ribbon cutting.
Murray said: ‘We are pleased to present an astounding 30 world debuts, 48 UK debuts, three European launches and 39 boats which are brand new to the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
‘This, teamed with new marine technology and the host of attractions which are on offer for visitors to try, means that this year’s Show really does offer something for everyone.’
The opening day saw the world debuts of Princess Yachts International’s 43, V48 and 88 Motor Yachts, the Fairline Squadron 48 and Sunseeker’s Manhattan 55, 68 and 80 Sport Yachts to name but a few.
Sunseeker’s launch event included music from Iolla Grace and Amore, and a guest appearance from Top Gear star Richard Hammond.
Other first day highlights included Sailing Rallies’ world launch of its brand new Baltic Sailing event; the unveiling of the new Lifedge Waterproof Case for iPhone5s on the Scanstrut stand; and the naming ceremony for the Global Ocean Race where Mike Gascoyne’s Akilaria RC3 Class 40 Caterham Challenge and the Forty (1) Design Class 40 of Team Concise were christened together with crews, team principals, press and visitors joining the celebrations.
The 10-day show runs until Sunday, playing host to thousands of boats, brands, products and suppliers all set on one of Europe’s largest purpose-built marinas with over 2km of pontoons.
Visitors can get on the water, pick up new skills or refresh old ones with On The Water’s Try-A-Boat, Get Afloat and Go Solo from the Artemis Offshore Academy, plus free classes at the Skipper Skills attraction and the RYA Active Marina Experience.
Find out more and book tickets at www.southamptonboatshow.com
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was among those present at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show.
Thousands of boats are on display at the 10-day event, which is in its 45th year.
Mr Hammond described the boats as “dreams… and for 99.99% of us they will remain forever so”.