More than 600 global marine brands, boats of all types and a range of activities will be on show at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show powered by Borrow a Boat.
Making their debut at the 51st show will be new yachts from Sunseeker, Fairline and Rodman together with products from first-time exhibitors, UK distributor Celsuis UK and industrial equipment supplier, Mirka UK. Also new this year is the award winning Karpaz Gate Marina from North Cyprus showcasing its facilities and berthing packages.
Alongside the more than 300 boats at the purpose-built marina will be displays such as flyboards and the tall ship, Shtandart, a sea-going training ship and full-size replica of the flagship of the first Russian Baltic fleet whose build was directed by Peter the Great.
Also included is a comprehensive speaker schedule featuring yachtsman and presenter, Tom Cunliffe, ocean voyager and celestial navigator, Stokey Woodall and Kate Fortnam, campaign manager at the environment programme created by the RYA and Britism Marine, among others.
For those keen to experience the water, the Try-a-Dive pool returns this year for a chance for everyone – complete beginner or seasoned pro – to enjoy scuba diving along with GET AFLOAT which features dinghy sailing, paddleboarding or, for the first time at the show, bellboating. There is also the radio sailing pool where everyone can have a go at sailing a Dragon 65 racing yacht.
Returning once again is one of the show’s top attractions – Try-a-Boat – giving visitors an opportunity to sail a wide range of boats including a 37ft Jeanneau sailing yacht, a 7.8m Rib or a Cheetah Marine cataraman.
Also at the show will be staff from local Hamble point Yacht Charters who will offer a Storm Check service to owners of yachts moored on the Hamble giving advice on how to ensure the boat is winter-ready and representatives from the Cruising Association who will be drawing the winner of the Ocean Safety Big Prize.
The show runs from 13 - 22 September.