Southampton Boat Show 2018 will welcome more than 80 new brands to its 500-plus strong fleet of exhibitors this year, as well as seeing around 100 companies increase the size of their stand or number of berths.

According to event organiser British Marine, the show’s land-based locations – the Holiday Inn area, Solent Park and Mayflower Park – have completely sold out in record time, while the traditional boat area, the Arena, is expected to be fully booked in less than a week’s time.

The Marina, which has been extended this year to accommodate more on-the-water activity, also has a very limited number of remaining exhibition berths.

Among the new exhibitors this year are Tom’s Place, Trinity Marine, Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Dale Sailing and Scorpion RIBs. Nearly a quarter of the new brands booked to showcase at the forthcoming event previously exhibited at the London show. They include Jeckells & Son, A.S.A.P. Supplies, ABC Leisure Group, ARS Anglian Diesels and Zhik.

Up to 20 world launches have also been confirmed for this year’s event. Among them are the Spirit DH63, Hallberg-Rassy 57, Jersey 36 ELANCO, Swallow Yacht’s Coast 250 and Jeanneau’s Cap Camarat 6.5 WA, Merry Fisher 605 Marlin, Sun Odyssey 410.

Regardless of age or experience, there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved in. This includes an array of watersports and boating activities – from a cruise onboard a top-of-the-range luxury motoryacht to a sail aboard a 72ft Round the World Ocean Race yacht as part of a 12-strong team.

Now in its 50th year, the 2018 Southampton Boat Show will take place from September 14-23.