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The lat­est equip­ment and what to see at the Southamp­ton Boat Show

Ma­rine con­ser­va­tion and the chal­lenges fac­ing the world’s oceans will be the fo­cus of the 2018 Southamp­ton Boat Show as it cel­e­brates its 50th year. Or­gan­iser Bri­tish Ma­rine is pledg­ing to cut the amount of on­site plas­tics at the 10-day event. Apart from wa­ter bot­tles and cups, there will be no sin­gle use plas­tic avail­able from any of the cater­ing con­ces­sions or bars. All fish served on site will be sus­tain­able. There will also be talks from sci­en­tific and wildlife ex­perts and on and off the wa­ter at­trac­tions from the Southamp­ton-based Na­tional Oceanog­ra­phy Cen­tre.

The lay­out of the show has changed for 2018 due to an 8% de­crease in space at So­lent Park, although the num­ber of brands ex­hibit­ing has in­creased. There will be less static at­trac­tion ar­eas and a fo­cus on mo­bile fea­tures, ac­tiv­i­ties and one-off events. The ma­rina is slightly big­ger this year, ac­com­mo­dat­ing 32% sail boats and 68% mo­tor boats. One show­stop­per will be Spirit DH63, the 19.2m yawl mak­ing her world de­but at the show. There will also be a host of new yachts seen in the UK for the first time. Un­like pre­vi­ous years, all of the bridges onto the pon­toons will pro­vide on/off ac­cess. Vis­i­tors will also have plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get on the wa­ter with Try a Boat and Get Afloat at­trac­tions, as well as a ca­noe ob­sta­cle course.


Yacht­ing Monthly has part­nered with Bri­tish Ma­rine to of­fer read­ers cheaper tick­ets for the show, which runs from 14-23 Septem­ber. Un­til 2359 on 31 Au­gust 2018, use the code YM26 to buy two stan­dard any day tick­ets for £26, a sav­ing of £8 per ticket on the early bird of­fer. A £1.99 trans­ac­tion fee ap­plies. Two chil­dren un­der the age of 15 can go free with each adult. Visit the Southamp­ton Boat Show web­site at www.southamp­ton­boat­ for tick­ets and terms and con­di­tions of the of­fer.

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