Sailing boats of every shape and size will be on display at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show. With many located on the water within Europe’s largest purpose-built show marina, and even more to see on the shore-side displays, it’s the perfect opportunity for visitors to step onboard, compare and contrast different makes and models, and even get out on the water and have a go.
Buying a dinghy is often the first stage in a sailor’s career, and there’s plenty of choice at the show with Hartley Boats and Fusion Sailboats, and RS Sailing showing 11 models including the debut of the RS Toura and new 6m rig RS Aero. Topper International also has over 11 dinghies on show with its iconic Topper and Topaz catamaran range, ensuring plenty of choice of multi-purpose sailing dinghies suitable for all abilities. Whether looking for a stable dinghy to learn in, a safe craft for the children, something for fun and friendly competition or a highly technical racing machine with spinnaker and trapeze, the show is a great opportunity to chat to the boat builders, designers and class associations to decide which is the best fit for you.
If sailing around the world floats your boat, then wander along the pontoons and step onboard some of the world’s most prestigious blue water cruisers. Spirit Yachts will be showcasing the Spirit 30 and the Spirit 44, which makes its world debut at the show. While, British-built and renowned for its bluewater long distance sailing abilities, the luxurious new Oyster 495 will be sitting alongside its beautiful big sister, the Oyster 595, on the pontoons and from Ocean Shipyard, the new generation Southerly 42.
The Inspiration Group will be showing eleven different sailing yachts at the show ranging from 30 to 58 feet. This includes the debut of the award-winning Hanse 460, the European Yacht of the Year 2022; the UK debut of the multi-award winning Dehler 30OD and UK debut of the Dehler 46SQ. For those who want a yacht built exclusively to their own specific needs, then Falmouth-based Rustler Yachts offer personal bespoke design and build for each and every customer.
Even if you live a distance away from water, Boats on Wheels has the solution with the Astus trailable 22.5 trimaran and Viko S1 trailer sailer range of yachts. Also, easy to tow behind vehicles are the range of traditional hand-crafted British-built sailing boats, often with tan sails and wooden spars, which can be found within the classic and dayboat zone. This includes Drascombe’s range of Luggers and Cornish Crabbers showcasing their gaff-rigged Pilot Cutter 30 now with electric auxiliary drive options.
Whilst British-built and designed yachts are prevalent, there is also a strong international presence at the show bringing together yachts from manufacturers worldwide, all conveniently on display in a single location.
Making its show debut is the French-designed and built Dufour 32, alongside the Dufour 390 and larger Dufour 430, whilst Jeanneau will reveal for the first time in the UK the Sun Odyssey 380, alongside Sun Odyssey 410, 440 and 490 with the racy 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 in designs from Arcona, Najad and Hallberg-Rassy, with X-Yachts from Denmark, Bavaria yachts from Germany, and Galeon from Poland.
There are also plenty of opportunities to select the boat of your dreams, check out the brokers displays with details of pre-loved yachts at the show or if looking to change to something new, then pop along to the We Buy Any Boat stand.
And don’t forget, if you’re looking to try your hand at sailing, the show’s Try-a-boat attraction, in partnership with FlexiSail, gives you the chance to get out on the water, completely free of charge and try a wide range of different boats, from 40-foot sailing yachts to classic inshore cruisers and much more. Book your spot on arrival at the show in the booking area located between the Watersports Zone and Dinghy Zone.
For full details of all sailing yachts at the show visit https://www.southamptonboatshow.com/exhibitors/
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The show is open from 10am – 6pm daily except the final Sunday when the show will close at 5pm.