49th TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show; September 15-24, 2017.
PREMIER ENGLISH BUILDERS Princess and Sunseeker will take centre stage at the 49th Southampton Boat Show (September 15-24), which is organised by British Marine Boat Shows and title sponsored for the first time by TheYachtMarket.com.
Princess will stage the world premiere of its 55 flybridge at Southampton, while the Plymouth-based yard will also be staging the joint-premiere of its 62 flybridge, which will also be on show at the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 12-17) on France’s south coast.
Poole-based Sunseeker will stage the global debut of the 76 Yacht and the joint world premiere of the Predator 57 MK II, which will also be on show at Cannes.
The Manhattan 66 will make its Southampton debut, having sold over 40 hulls since its launch in January, while Sunseeker will also show a 95 Yacht, Predator 68, Manhattan 52 and San Remo. The Sunseeker Collection of clothing, leather goods and accessories will also be on display.
Fairline Yachts will bring its Squadron 53 for its UK debut – alongside the return of its Virtual Reality (VR) experience – and showcase the upgraded versions of the Targa 48 Open and Squadron 48.
Show attractions include live music and entertainment alongside special appearances from celebrity pirate Gemma Hunt from the hit CBeebies programme Swashbuckle.
Out on the water, visitors can enjoy passenger boat trips, bell-boating, stand-up paddleboarding, dinghy sailing and kayaking.
Other highlights include the 1946-built 46.6m wooden Tall Ship Kaskelot, which appeared in movies including Amazing Grace (2006), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Poldark (2016). Kaskelot will kick off the first weekend, providing a special pirate song and dance show, meet-and-greets and autograph signings.
Visitors can also go on the Ocean Scene yacht, featuring sundecks and bars, for a free mini cruise around the show.