More than 60 boats will be making their debut at the 48th Southampton Boat Show, which runs from September 16-25 in Mayflower Park, Southampton.
With hundreds of boats on display, including 330 on the marina itself and over 2km of pontoons, this year’s event is set to be another success.
Making its world debut will be the Hanse 588, the Cormate U23 Racing Edition and the Haines 26, along with the European debut of the Dehler 34 and Greenline Hybrid 36.
There will also be the UK launch of the Azimut 55S, Sunseeker Predator 68 MK II, Sealine F530 and Fjord 40 Open.
Alongside well-established attractions, On the Water’s Try-a-Boat and Get Afloat, this year’s show will offer a new opportunity for the youngest generation to get on the water free. Suitable for children aged 3 to 13, Bumper Boats provides youngsters with a chance to master boat steering, as well as the boat’s built-in water cannon.
Onshore, organisers will be looking to entertain further with its new Festival Stage, located in Solent Park.
This year’s Southampton show will also be the first for Greg Munford in his newly appointed position as British Marine Boat Shows’ chairman. “As Britain’s biggest boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show is much-loved by sail and powerboat enthusiasts alike and one of the leaders in the global boating calendar,” he says.
“We’re thrilled to have seen soaring tickets sales so far, which are now more than double what they were this time last year."
Munford added that helping to plan the show “with all its new attractions to entertain the diversity of visitors and more importantly, get more people out on to the water has been a fantastic experience.”