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Yachting Monthly - - INSIDE THIS MONTH - TheYachtMar­ Southamp­ton Boat Show runs from 15-24 Septe­mer 2017 in Mayflower Park, Southamp­ton. See: www. southamp­ton­boat­

Ten brand new cruis­ing yachts will be launched at Southamp­ton Boat Show while oth­ers will make their UK de­but.

Vis­i­tors will be able to step aboard the lat­est de­signs from Hallberg-Rassy and Hanse, as well as well as Saffier, Jean­neau and oth­ers.

Among the brand new boats will be the Hallberg Rassy 340, which has a mod­ern plumb bow with an in­te­grated bowsprit and op­tions for tiller or twin-wheel steer­ing, as well as the usual deep, se­cure cock­pit and sea-kindly hull­shape.

Hanse will be show­ing three of the four new boats it has launched this year; the 388, 418 and 548 – only the 348 won’t be on show. The 388 and 418 use the same hulls and sim­i­lar lay­outs to previous mod­els, but have deeper draught and im­proved sail plans as well as more hatches, hull win­dows and up­dated styling. The show also marks a re­turn to pro­duc­tion for Southerly Yachts.

The Jean­neau Sun Odyssey 440, launched ear­lier in the year, will make its UK de­but along­side the Hallberg Rassy 44, the Dufour 460 Grand Large and the Beneteau Ocea­nis 51.1.

New gear

Sailors not in the mar­ket for a new boat will have plenty of new gear to look at. Elvstrøm Sails is launch­ing its in­no­va­tive new ‘Blue Wa­ter Runner’ sail – a two-ply sail set off a sin­gle luff that can work as a sin­gle head­sail on a fetch, but can be split into two and goosewinged for down­wind sail­ing. We tested it (July is­sue) and were im­pressed.

Also on show will be brand new Ar­gus ther­mal imag­ing cam­eras; the Garmin Qu­atix 5 smart­watch that can sync with on­board nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment and au­topi­lots; a marinised Bromp­ton fold­ing bike; and a range of flush-fit so­lar pan­els from DanVolt.

The show or­gan­iser, Bri­tish Ma­rine, is also in­creas­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to get afloat dur­ing the day. Chil­dren can prac­tice col­li­sion avoid­ance on the bumper boats and the ad­ven­ture ca­noe river, while adults can try their hand at pad­dle­board­ing and kayak­ing on the pad­dle river. For any­one think­ing of buy­ing a boat, a free Try a Boat ses­sion can be booked on ar­rival for one of a dozen dif­fer­ent sail­ing boats, yachts and RIBs, and 90-minute sails on a Chal­lenge 72 yacht can also be booked. One of the largest wooden ships still in com­mis­sion, the 153ft (47m) square-rigged Kaskelot will be in the ma­rina.

Southamp­ton of­fers more chances to get afloat, as well as new cruis­ing yachts

The Hanse 388 is one of a num­ber of new boats on show at Southamp­ton

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