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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.
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