The Southampton Boat Show in September is set to showcase a variety of exciting new attractions, brands, boats and product debuts. Advance tickets are now on sale.
There will be more than 60 debuting boats at the Southampton Boat Show 2016, which takes place on 16-25 September.
Among them are the world debuting Hanse 588, Cormate U23 Racing Edition and Haines 26 and the European debuting Dehler 34 and Greenline Hybrid 36.
There will also be the UK launch of the Azimut 55S, Sunseeker Predator 68 MK II, Sealine F530 and Fjord 40 Open.
Every year, the show welcomes a mix of historic and innovative feature boats and this year is no different.
On display at the show’s marina will be the Norwegian three-masted sailing barque, Artemis and the revolutionary Team Britannia vessel, which is bidding to break the world record for the fastest powerboats circumnavigation of the globe.
The marina will have 2 kilometres of pontoons.
On land, visitors will be able to explore the 18ft Sailfish, Marlin, and meet its owner, Practical Boat Owner columnist Dave Selby.
He will just have completed his 300 mile charity sail in the vessel.
Alongside well-established attractions, On the Water’s Try-a-Boat and Get Afloat, this year’s show will offer a new opportunity for the youngest generation to get on the water free.
Suitable for children aged 3 to 13, Bumper Boats provides youngsters with a chance to master boat steering, as well as the boat’s built-in water cannon.
Onshore, organisers will be looking to entertain further with its new Festival Stage, located in Solent Park.
Throughout the 10 days, visitors can expect to enjoy a line-up of live music, fashion shows and expert talks.
There will also be the opportunity for visitors to be part of the show’s very own Guinness World Record Attempt of the ‘Largest human image of a boat’ on 24 September.
More than 27 new brands will also be exhibiting at Mayflower Park for 2016.
On show are powerboat manufacturers: BIC Aluminium and Alpha-Centauri, sail yacht brands: North Carolina (EDPNC) and Nautor’s Swan, electronics and equipment suppliers: Racegeek, Aqua-cote and UK Sailmakers, as well as holiday & charter companies: Rubicon 3 and UGuest.
This year’s Southampton Boat Show will be the first for Greg Munford in his newly appointed position as British Marine Boat Shows’ chairman.
“As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is much-loved by sail and powerboat enthusiasts alike and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar,” said Munford.
“We’re thrilled to have seen soaring tickets sales so far, which are now more than double what they were this time last year,” he noted.
Munford added that helping to plan the show “with all its new attractions to entertain the diversity of visitors and more importantly, get more people out on to the water has been a fantastic experience.”
“Being a boater myself, the mix of new international and British brands who will be showcasing the latest boats and marine equipment makes this Show even more exciting for me to be a part of,” concluded the chairman.