Sailboats of all shapes and sizes are on display at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show. With many out on the water in Europe’s largest purpose-built show marina and even more on the shoreside displays, it’s the perfect opportunity for visitors to hop on board, compare and contrast different makes and models and even get in the water and go.
Buying a dinghy is often the first step in a sailor’s career and there is plenty to choose from at the show with Hartley Boats and Fusion Sailboats and RS Sailing showing 11 models including the debut RS Toura and the new 6m rig RS Aero. Topper International also have over 11 dinghies on display with their iconic Topper and Topaz range of catamarans ensuring a wide range of multi-purpose sailing dinghies to suit all abilities. Whether you’re looking for a stable dinghy to learn from, a safe boat for the kids, something for fun and friendly competition, or a highly technical racing machine with spinnaker and trapeze, the show is a great opportunity to mingle with boat builders, designers and class associations to decide which one works best for you.
As your boat floats around the world as it sails, stroll along the pontoons and climb aboard some of the world’s most prestigious blue-water cruisers. Spirit Yachts will be showcasing the Spirit 30 and Spirit 44, making their world debut at the show. Whilst the luxurious new Oyster 495, which was built in Britain and is renowned for her long distance blue water sailing capabilities, will sit alongside her beautiful big sister, the Oyster 595, on Ocean Shipyard’s new generation pontoons and Southerly 42.
The Inspiration Group is showing eleven different sailing yachts from 30 to 58 feet at the fair. These include the debut of the award-winning Hanse 460, European Yacht of the Year 2022; the UK debut of the multi-award winning Dehler 30OD and the UK debut of the Dehler 46SQ. For those who want a yacht built solely to their own specific needs, Falmouth based Rustler Yachts offer personal bespoke design and bespoke build to each and every client.
Even if you live far from the water, Boats on Wheels has the solution with the Astus towable 22.5 inch trimaran and Viko S1 trailer sailor range of yachts. Also easily towed behind vehicles are the traditional, handcrafted, British-built sailboats, often with brown sails and wooden spars, found in the Classic and Dayboat Zones. These include Drascombe’s Lugger and Cornish Crabber range, presenting their gaff-rigged Pilot Cutter 30 now with electric auxiliary propulsion options.
Whilst British built and designed yachts are widely available, there is also a strong international presence at the show bringing together yachts from manufacturers from around the world, all conveniently displayed in a single location. The French-designed and built Dufour 32 will make her show debut alongside the Dufour 390 and larger Dufour 430, while Jeanneau will debut in the UK the Sun Odyssey 380, as well as the Sun Odyssey 410, 440 and 490 with the racy model Sun Fast 3300 Also from France, Beneteau yachts will have the UK debut of the Oceanis 34.1 alongside the Oceanis 30.1. From Sweden there are the latest designs from Arcona, Najad and Hallberg-Rassy, with X-Yachts from Denmark, Bavaria-Yachts from Germany and Galeon from Poland.
There’s also plenty of opportunity to choose the boat of your dreams, check out broker displays detailing popular yachts at the show or, if you’re looking to switch to something new, stop by the We Buy Any Boat booth. And don’t forget, if If you want to try your hand at sailing, the show’s Try-a-Boat attraction, in partnership with FlexiSail, gives you the chance to get on the water and try your hand at a range of different boats, from 40-foot sailing yachts to classic coastal cruisers and much more. Book your spot on arrival at the show in the booking area between the water sports zone and the dinghy zone. You can get all the details on all sailing yachts when you visit the fair
Get Your TicketBoat Show tickets can be purchased online at www.southamptonboatshow.com/visitor-information/tickets/
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The show is open daily from 10am to 6pm except the last Sunday when the show closes at 5pm