As well as new boats look out for new features at this year's Southampton International Boat Show, which runs from 13-22 September 2019
The Southampton International Boat Show, held every year in Mayflower Park and its temporary marina, still attracts swathes of visitors and industry big names.
It has long been seen as the show with a great atmosphere, particularly if the UK is still enjoying good weather in September – not always a given.
The show has grown over the years, slowly taking more space in Mayflower Park and has now more or less reached the full extent of the land availed there.
A real boon, however, is the purpose-built marina, on which many boats are displayed, as it is effectively, endlessly expandable.
Happily, the on-the-water area of the show is increasingly in demand for stand holders so growth should not be an issue any time soon.
‘We have seen a number of stand holders looking to move to the marina area in recent years,’ explains Annabel Burrow PR and communications manager at British Marine who organise the show.
‘There are always going to be those who want to remain ashore and for who it suits to be ashore, but certainly some brands are now starting to take bigger spaces on the marina.’
One such brand is Beneteau who, for the 2019 edition have taken a large section of the marina.
In addition to showing a range of boats on the water it will also have a larger guest area and a more traditionally land-based stand feel.
The famous French marque will be bringing a multitude of boats to this year’s show including the new twin-rudder ‘entry level’ Oceanis 30.1.
There are many other new launches at the show this year too. Click here to see more details.
The expansion of the marina has also enabled organisers to include more try-a-boat berths, to fit around an ongoing aim to increase the sport’s inclusivity.
It is an on-water boat show, after all, so it makes sense for more visitors to have the chance to get afloat.
Get a map of the showground here
The increased focus on on-the-water activities does not end at the pontoons, however.
The Mayflower Complex overlooking the marina has always been a two-storey restaurant.
On reflection it was felt this was a somewhat wasted opportunity to provide visitors with an excellent view of the water-based activities.
With that in mind, this year it has been converted to a seating area open to the public near the south-eastern show entrance.
There will be food and drink options available here too but the feel should be much more casual and relaxed.
The main entrance (the only entrance for standard ticket holders) on Harbour Parade road opposite the P&O Cruises office has been reimagined this year for extra ‘wow factor’.
Inside, the Arena area has a tidier look and will be easier to navigate.
This will remain the home of small boats, wooden boats and some of the smaller vendors but the organisers hope to offer a slightly more slick entrance.
The entrance has also been moved fractionally so now it is not directly from the pavement.
This year’s highlights on the main stage will include another dose of likeable YouTube sailors, Sailing Uma.
Dan and Kika are hoping to follow up their visit in 2018 with a second appearance – this time aboard their Pearson 36 Uma.
Currently in New York City heading north, they are intending to take an extreme northern route to Europe, eventually over-wintering in the Med.
The Southampton International Boat Show runs from 13-22 September 2019
Premier Marinas annual Used Boat Show at Swanwick Marina will also be running concurrently with the Southampton show.
There will be a range of on and off water displays of yachts from onsite brokerages including Ancasta International Boat Sales and Clipper Marine.
Open daily from 10am – 6pm, visitors will have the opportunity to peruse an extensive line-up of quality pre-owned boats.
Premier Marinas’ popular’ ‘Park and Ride’ service to the Southampton Boat Show will also be running.
Customers can park their car at Premier’s Swanwick Marina all-day and travel in comfort to the Southampton show for just £14.50 per person or £32 a family ticket, which both includes complimentary show entry. Visit www.premiermarinas.com for more details.