With highly varnished wooden decks, shiny sleek hulls, coloured sails on gaff rigs and traditional brass fittings, classic boats are always a much-loved feature at a boat show. New for this year’s Southampton International Boat Show, is a dedicated Classic and Day Boat Zone, where you can imerse yourself in a wide range of craft, from new day boat designs to beautifully restored classics.

Historic gems on show include the fully restored 1946 Osbourne Day Cruiser from Dennett Boat Builders, alongside Star Yachts’ brand-new Bristol 6m open launch, a retro-styled wooden yacht with an integral swim platform.

With its myriad of beautiful craft, with plenty to see, do, learn and try, the Classic and Day Boat Zone is sure to be a key attraction at the show.

Your time out… On the water. 

There are times, when you just want a change of scenery and a place to make memories with your family and friends – or time for yourself without technology getting in the way. Visit our Classic & Day Boat Zone to find everything you need from day boats, wooden and classic boats, equipment, materials and training to make the most of your time on the water.

Professional or to hire – find equipment that’s right for you

This zone celebrates the boats and craftsmanship that stand the test of time. Renowned brands showcase their latest products and you might grab a special boat show bargain. Classic boat enthusiasts and seasoned boaters will be able to find all the equipment they need to keep their treasures gliding across the water. For boating novices, we’ve got training courses and ready-to-go equipment, our exhibitors will happily explain its use and safety features.

British brands combining the charm and appearance of a traditional yacht with the latest technology 

For classic looks, high-performance sailing and impressive motoring ability, look no further than  Swallow Yachts’  BayCruiser 23 and BayRaider Expedition. By using a water ballast system and carbon masts, these boats are light, yet stable on the water and easily trailer sailed.

Activities & Programme

If you marvel at traditional woodworking skills this zone is for you. See hands-on product demonstrations from Willow Bay Boats who will be building a clinker dinghy on their stand alongside a completed Farthing sailing dinghy, listen to talks on traditional and modern boat building techniques, and captivating accounts on how boating supports mental and physical wellbeing. The classic and dayboat zone is a space for boaters to discuss the world’s most beautiful boats and share their appreciation for exquisite craftsmanship.

Our commitment to the environment

At Southampton International Boat Show, we believe in protecting nature for future generations. That is why we’ve made a dedicated sustainability commitment in each zone. For the eco-aware classic enthusiast, Cornish Crabber’s Shrimper 21 is a must-see. A classic design yacht featuring modern technology with an all-electric pod drive motor from ePropulsion and a carbon mast or head down to the Marina to see the latest launch from 2019 Environmental Award winner Spirit Yachts, a world leader in modern classic yacht design and build and pioneer of sustainable construction methods.

Check out the Classic and Day Boat Zone from 2021!

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