From the beautiful Spirit Yachts' DH63 to Princess Yachts' much awaited R35, the Southampton Boat Show 2018 is yet again showcasing some stunning boats
Stunning sailing boats, beautiful motor yachts and some spectacular new launches such as the Princess R35 and the Fairline Targa 43 Open. Take a look at our gallery of beautiful boats below.
Practical Boat Owner, Motor Boat & Yachting, Yachting Monthly and Yachting World’s discussions at the show
Amidst the glamour of new yachts costing hundreds of thousands of pounds and even millions, campaigning sailor and regular PBO columnist Dave Selby is taking to the stage at the Southampton Boat Show on Friday 14 September at 3pm, with an additional talk on Saturday at 2pm, to reveal how anyone can get afloat in a boat of their own, no matter how modest their means.
The sailing writer, who describes himself as a budget boating evangelist, said: “It’s the untold secret of sailing. People who don’t do it think sailing is exclusive and costly, but boat ownership has really never been more affordable and accessible.”
Dave Selby, whose hilarious PBO column is a regular favourite with readers, describes himself as “a passionate but useless sailor who’s been fumbling around the east coast for years in Marlin, his 18-ft Sailfish, without dying once”.
But in 2016 he set his horizons further afield, sailing 340 miles to exhibit his boat at The Southampton Boat Show. The aim was to demonstrate that cost is no barrier to getting afloat, that in this day and age sailing has never been more affordable.
Dave will be revealing how to buy and get afloat in a budget boat of your own and telling tales from his endless catalogue of sailing mishaps. He will also be talking about the life-changing events that inspired his adventure.
Dave will also be signing copies of his first sailing book, The Impractical Boat Owner, a light-hearted commentary on “the yachting condition,” charting his meteoric rise from total novice to complete incompetent. “Everything I haven’t learned is in there,” says Dave proudly.
More magazine talks at the show
Monday 1100 – Jack Haines from Motorboats & Yachting on how the magazine tests boats, and advice on what should you buy
Tuesday 1100 – A discussion hosted by the Yachting Monthly team on ‘pay as you go’ yachting – why instant access is the future of sailing
Thursday 1100 – Elaine Bunting, Yachting World, in conversation with the Magenta Project on women in sailing
See the PBO website for more details on Dave Selby’s campaign to highlight how easy and cheap it can be to get afloat in your own boat.
Come and and visit the YBW stand E001 at the Southampton Boat Show where you can buy discounted subscriptions to your favourite marine magazines and win a fantastic prize.
Ancasta announces show launches
Beneteau First 18 and Beneteau First 24 global launch
The latest models in Beneteau’s classic small boat range are being launched jointly at the Southampton Boat Show and Cannes Boat Show. The hulls of these boats gives them speed and they are designed to respond to every touch of the helm, accelerating at the slightest gust.
The Lagoon 630 will be presented at the Southampton for the first time and can also be seen in Cannes. A large and efficient motor yacht created for long distance cruising in comfort.
Swift Trawler 47 global launch
The latest in the new generation of Swift Trawlers from Beneteau, the Swift Trawler 47 will be launched at both shows. Spacious interiors, a large flybridge, open deck plan, and a large swim platform make it a good choice for cruising with the family.
Beneteau Gran Turismo 50 Sportfly
The Beneteau Gran Turismo 50 Sportfly will make its UK debut in Southampton. Based on Beneteau’s flagship GT cruiser, the GT 50 Sportfly features the latest technology including the onboard Ship Control system. The tender garage, designed to fit a Williams Minijet, is a feature not often seen on 50ft boats. Read the Motor Boat and Yachting review here.
Beneteau will also launch at the show: Beneteau Oceanis 46.1, Beneteau Oceanis 55.1 and the Prestige 460 S Line version,
Simon Le Bon to open the Sunseeker stand
Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran and sailing enthusiast, will be the special guest at the Sunseeker’s stand at the Southampton Boat Show.
Simon, a long-serving ambassador of The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), will officially open the Sunseeker stand and BLUE exhibition space.
Sunseeker will showcase BLUE, an immersive exhibition experience located on their stand that will highlight the importance of protecting the marine environment and aims to tackle issues such as unregulated fishing, tourism and pollution.
Since 2017, Sunseeker has partnered with BLUE and has recently launched its first campaign titled ‘Project Menorca’, a marine conservation programme focussing on improving and protecting the island’s marine environment.
Simon, who will arrive at the show on board a Sunseeker yacht, has been working to raise awareness of the damaging effects that overfishing and the destruction of biodiversity on the world’s oceans and since becoming an ambassador for BLUE, has launched fundraising initiatives, including a charity bike ride from London to Monaco, spoken on behalf of the charity at several events and carried out interviews highlighting the work of the charity.
Simon commented: “The sea is a beautiful thing. We all grew up thinking it was perfect, pristine, and it would always stay that way. However, now we’re starting to see the reality of humanity’s impact on the world’s waters. It is a disaster unfolding before our eyes.
“If we want to preserve the living seas, we have a lot of work to do and it heartens me to see brands like Sunseeker working really hard to raise awareness and implement projects that will help us in our endeavour.”
A keen sailor, Le Bon famously took part in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1985.
Amel 50 to make UK debut at the show
Amel 50, the winner of the European Boat of the Year 2018, Luxury Cruiser Category will make its UK debut at the Southampton Boat Show.
The 50ft yacht by French boat builder Amel benefits from the company’s stunning design, long distance cruising capabilities and comfort.
Described by Theo Stocker at Yachting Monthly as “a luxurious, well-engineered yacht which genuinely exceeded my expectations on sailing performance – for a boat designed to cross oceans in luxury. The Amel philosophy of a maintenance free boat results in features that are clever but at times chunky. Thanks to this approach I believe this is a vessel that could sail tens of thousands of miles and show little sign of wear and tear.”, this beautiful sloop is a must-see at the show. Read Yachting Monthly’s full review here.
Princess Yachts announces show’s debuts
Princess Yachts will debut the much anticipated R35 and two brand new V Class, the V60 and the new flybridge range Princess F70 at the Southampton Boat Show.
Southampton Boat Show will also see the UK debuts of the Princess V50 Open and V50 Deck Saloon.
Princess V40, S60, S65, F43, F49, F55, F62, Y75 and 30M will also be on show.
Designed in partnership with world-famous Ben Ainslie Racing Technologies (BAR Technologies) and world renowned Italian design studio Pininfarina, the R35 is the first Princess R Class performance sports yacht. Created and hand-built in Plymouth, it marries state of the art performance capabilities, stunning design, quality, race-bred technology and can reach a speed of up to 50 knots.
This high performance yacht provides space and comfort down below with a luxurious and spacious cabin, bathroom with wet shower room, and a U-shaped seating surrounding a dining table which can be converted into a double bed with integrated blinds. The R35 features a convenient hot and cold shower facility on the aft swim platform too.
Slightly aft, the galley features a sink, drawers and storage space, plus a 32-inch LED television, complete with Blu-ray CD/DVD player that integrates with the Naim audio system for entertainment at sea.
The latest addition to the V Class range is able to reach speeds up to 38 knots.
Its unique deep-V hull, ensures fuel and space efficiencies and the V60 boasts plenty of room for fun and entertainment with an open-plan saloon with electric sliding sunroof, and the aft galley with a large L-shaped sofa and folding dining table.
The sliding doors open out to the spacious cockpit featuring a wetbar with barbecue and coolbox.
A sunpad and a bathing platform allow for relaxation and watersport fun and the electro-hydraulic garage door hides a 3.3m tender. The foredeck has a seating area and forward sunbathing area with the option of a large sun awning.
Below, three cabins host six guests with the owner’s stateroom featuring a sofa and a private ensuite.
This 26.6m2 flybridge features a large U-shaped dining area, with a fully-equipped wetbar with barbecue, aft sunpad and a forward seating area adjacent to the helm that also converts into a sunbed.
On the main deck, the aft galley opens out towards the cockpit, allowing for al fresco dining, with a more formal dining table in the saloon. Huge panoramic windows allow for plenty of natural light and stunning views.
The foredeck is ideal for relaxing with a forward facing sofa, an optional coffee table and a spacious sun pad .
Forward in the saloon are two more seating areas, with 49″ LED TV and entertainment system.
The lower deck boasts four cabins, including a full beam master stateroom aft with a private staircase, a forward VIP guest cabin and two twin cabins.
YBW’s reader discounted ticket offer – save £8 per ticket!
YBW has partnered with British Marine to give readers discounted tickets for the 2018 Southampton Boat Show.
You can buy two standard any day tickets for £26, a saving of £8 per ticket compared to the show’s early bird offer. A £1.99 transaction fee applies when you buy online. You can use the code YBW until 23:59 on 13.09.18 to get your cheaper tickets to the show. Tickets can be purchased online here or over the phone by calling 0844 776 7766 (calls cost 7p per minute).
As in previous shows, two children under the age of 15 go free with each adult.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Southampton Boat Show.
During the 10 days of 2018 edition of the event, there will be plenty to see and experience, including watersports and boating activities such as a cruise onboard a top-of-the-range luxury motor yacht and an exciting sail aboard a 72ft round the world Ocean Race Yacht as part of a 12 strong team; climbing on board some of the world’s most stunning boats or simply taking in the Solent views whilst enjoying a drink at one of the many onsite bars.
This year’s Southampton Boat Show will be host to leading scientific and wildlife experts highlighting the environmental challenges facing the boating world in 2018. This will include on and off the water attractions from the National Oceanography Centre, the UK’s leading centre of excellence for oceanographic studies. Alongside its pledge to cut onsite plastics at the Show, it will showcase the technical innovations set to ensure that the future of the marine industry and the environment remains bright.
The Southampton Boat Show will take place at Mayflower Park/Town Quay, Southampton from 14-23 September 2018.
Sunseeker announces show’s line up
Sunseeker has announced the full line up of motor yachts that will be on display at the upcoming 50th Southampton Boat Show.
For the first time in the show’s history, Sunseeker will be showcasing all six models on the water in the show’s marina.
Sunseeker’s Predator 50 will be getting it UK debut at the Show where the boat builder’s flagship Predator 74 will also be on display alongside 95 Yacht, Manhattan 66, Manhattan 52 and Predator 57.
The new model of the Predator family, Predator 50, boasts plenty of space for entertaining, has a fully opening hardtop roof and its cockpit provides an open plan cockpit/saloon. This is complemented by forward and aft cockpit seating which can be folded down to create an enlarged sunbathing area. The roomy saloon offers panoramic views and plenty of space for entertaining guests.
The deck has a spacious foredeck seating and sunbathing area with optional retractable pram hood canopy.
The Predator 50 also offers Sunseeker’s ‘Beach Club’ concept with optional built-in BBQ, overhead shower and fold-down transom seating. Its integral garage can accommodate a Williams 325 Jet Tender launched via the hydraulic bathing platform.
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The interior boats two cabins: the full-beam master stateroom, which comes with en-suite and the forward VIP cabin which features a scissor berth for complete flexibility. The lower saloon offers an additional bunk cabin, thereby providing accommodation for six.
This sports cruiser is fitted with the new Volvo Penta D8-600 engines mated to shaft drives with optional electric steering and joystick manoeuvrability.
The Southampton Boat Show takes place 14 – 23 September
All about the 2018 Southampton Boat Show
This year marks the 50th edition of TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show and, aside from the usual stunning line up of the world’s most beautiful and innovative craft, the event will concentrate on environmental issues.
During the 10 days, there will be plenty to see and experience, including watersports and boating activities such as a cruise onboard a top-of-the-range luxury motor yacht and an exhilarating sail aboard a 72ft round the world Ocean Race Yacht as part of a 12 strong team; climbing on board some of the world’s most stunning boats or simply taking in the Solent views whilst enjoying a drink at one of the many onsite bars.
This year the Southampton Boat Show will be host to leading scientific and wildlife experts highlighting the environmental challenges facing the boating world in 2018. This will include on and off the water attractions from the National Oceanography Centre, the UK’s leading centre of excellence for oceanographic studies. Alongside its pledge to cut onsite plastics at the Show, it will showcase the technical innovations set to ensure that the future of the marine industry and the environment remains bright.
Early Bird tickets are now on sale, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult. For more information click here.