Useful stats and interesting facts


Here are few useful stats and interesting facts about this year’s boat show…


  • 2023 marks the 54th edition of the Southampton International Boat Show.


  • The Southampton International Boat Show is the UK’s biggest UK marine festival and one of Europe’s largest on-water events.


  • It is home to Europe’s largest purpose-built show marina.


  • There are some 350 boats in the marina and over 650 craft across the whole show.


  • There are a total of 632 stands and berths at the show.


  • The show covers some 70,000+ square meters.


  • We have 200 new brands at the show – 22 of which are in the marina.


  • There are 78 World and UK boat and product debuts at the show.


  • It takes 30 days in total to set up and take down the show with a team of over 200 people.


  • The first show took place in 1969 and ran for six days with roughly 50 exhibitors, compared to over 600 confirmed for the 2023 show.


  • The show wrap is 1,350 meters long in 15m sections.


  • Approximately 40 tonnes of sand have been brought in to create the new Beach Haven & Watersports Lake, brought to you by Haven Knox-Johnston.


  • The Watersports Lake took three days to fill with water.