Southampton Boat Show 2013



The 45th PSP Southampton Boat Show is one of the highlights of the 2013 summer calendar. Situated in the historic Mayflower Park no sooner is one over then the next one has begun. It takes place from 13-22 September. So what is different this year? Ben Glover finds out.


I’ve always loved boats. As a kid it was great walking between the giant crafts of luxury. From the taking off of my shoes to board a £1,000,000 cruiser to the humble 5hp dinghy. Now at the age of 34 (never to young for boats) I still enjoy walking through the stacks of expensive stands, hiking up the giant staircases to view each boat trophy-like on a plinth. Posing as a reward for excellent craftsmanship. And it’s not just the big boys either.


As a sports boat and RIB fan I am fascinated at how much horse power you can pack into what really is an inflatable boat (hence the name Rigid Inflatable Boat. With me?!). From the sound of the huge V8’s packed into the hull of a P1 sports boat. Sailing boats – i’ll be honest I’ve not really been a fan until I attended my first ever show in 2004 – every single type of water going craft will be there. And it is all on show for you. 


This really is a family event from workshops,  fun for the kids to giveaways and tours on some of the most historic of vessels. The Royal Navy will be on show and you’ll get the chance to view a cruise liner up close. The Honda RYA Youth team will holding annual challenge, something everyone can take part in. A course is laid out in the water and the idea is to complete it in the shortest of time. In 2007 out of 19 children aged 13-18 I came last. Yep. Last. A humiliation to adulthood, great news for the future generation (I’ll put the loss down to ‘too much weight in the craft’). 

So, what’s new? 


Almost 100 boats are currently scheduled to make their debut at the Show, including an unprecedented 28 world launches. These range from small dinghy tenders such as the FoldAway 8 and the NautiRaid Coracle 250, to some of the world’s most desirable sailing and motor yachts such as the Bavaria Vision 42 and Gunfleet 58. There will also be impressive luxury motor yacht launches from Princess, Sunseeker and Fairline. The stunning range of debuts at Southampton captures the height of both British and international boat building skill.

Image One includes the Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht. 80ft in length and boasting a speed of 44 knots I have only ever seen it via CAD form. In the flesh she promises to be one of the star attractions. All yours for a cool £2,899,000.00 excluding VAT. Start saving!



If it is an underwater experience you are looking for, Andark Diving’s Try-A-Dive attraction offers visitors of all ages to get in the water and experience Scuba Diving. A unique interactive sporting experience with fully qualified instructors on hand and all the kit supplied; all you need to do is head to the stand and sign up for your free session. Head over to stand A124 in the Arena area to book your slot.


Suzuki RIB ExperienceSuzuki’s RIB experience offers Show visitors the chance to travel at high speeds along Southampton water, getting to feel first-hand what it is like out on the water in a RIB.


Geoff Holt’s WetWheels, a specially adjusted 9m Cheetah catamaran for wheelchair access will be at the Show.  Powered by two of Suzuki’s flagship V6 300hp outboard engines it will be running rides for disabled visitors and wheelchair users each day.


Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race

Battle of the Classes Pursuit RaceThe PSP Southampton Boat Show Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race, in association with and Active Nation, will be an event not to be missed on Sunday 22 September. With just two boats racing in each class the standard is set to be incredibly high, so head down to the marina to get a good spot of this exciting pursuit race action, with the prize giving taking place on the Active Nation stand.

America’s Cup

Catch up on the America’s Cup racing at the Show. Head to the Suzuki Marina Bar where you can relax in the atmosphere of the Show and watch highlights of the racing on the big screen over the ten days of the Show.

Boating for some has had a slight ‘snobbish’ stigma about it through some eyes. I say come and visit this year’s show and how quickly you will change your mind! All the exhibiters are friendly and open all questions and if you are really good will let you have a play onboard their crafts. 


Some of the Town Or Country Discount card partners will be on hand to serve you the finest food in the south and not to mention the beers and beverage area. Always a winner with a plate of chips smothered in ketchup.


Ticket prices vary (depending on the day you attend) and kids under 15 years of age are free. The Champagne Ticket is available which includes a free glass of bubbly on entry. Ladies Day takes place on the 19th of September encouraging and showing of the finest in female boating talent. And you can’t go wrong with that! 


Beware, one day is just not enough. Book in advance for the best tickets deals. And if you have no idea where the show is? Just look for the huge motor cruiser on the roundabout outside the venue. You can’t miss it.


Ben Glover


Town or Country welcomes our guests from the UK and all over the world to this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.



Top 10 Reasons To Visit The Show

It's on the water!

The UK’s largest purpose-built
Show marina in the late summer
sunshine. What more could you
ask for? More…


Boats, boats and more boats   Things happen   You don't get to

There are 100s of boats and craft to see (new, old, and bargains), so you’re spoilt for choice! More…


THINGS HAPPEN at the Show that don’t happen anywhere else – boating celebrities, money-can’t buy events and unique features to name a few. More…


YOU DON’T GET TO walk on a boat when you’re online! There’s nothing like the real thing.


Expand your horizons   It'll change your mind   Meet and greet.

Check out products and craft you wouldn’t normally search for. Who knows where it will lead? More…


Stats show that a high percentage of visitors intending to buy a certain product pre-Show, changed their mind and chose another when they visited the Show.


Meet the exhibitors in person. You get to ask questions, seek advice and find out about what’s in the pipeline.


Sharing   Your local supplier   Give it a go!

The Show is a great place to meet like-minded people who share your passion!


can’t provide everything. The Show is a massive showcase of the country’s latest and greatest products.


There are loads of opportunities to try out products, learn and get out on the water, including Try a Boat, Get Afloat, RYA Active Marina experience and Try a Dive. More…





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