Southampton Boat Show 2022: What to see
Theo Stocker looks back at the highlights for cruising sailors at this year’s show, which runs from September 16-25
After a summer on the water, boat show season is back. There are still plenty of sailing days left, but the arrival of the Southampton Boat Show 2022 signals that it might be time to start thinking about the upgrades and gadgets your boat ‘needs’ as well as the less glamorous work. during the winter.
The boat show is a great place to pick up bargains, from folding accessories to solar panels.
It’s also a chance to snoop around a host of shiny new boats, whether you’re on the market or not – it’s fun to dream around.
That said, the last two years have seen new and old yachts selling like hot cakes, partly thanks to the Covid effect which seems to have reminded people that there is no need to go to the overseas for stunning coastlines and afloat adventures.
While many boatbuilders’ order books are still full, things could calm down to more normal levels. Chances are if you’re on the hunt for a new boat, there are bargains to be had.
In this spirit, the Monthly Yachting The team scoured the boats and gadgets slated to appear at the show.
There’s bound to be a lot of unannounced stuff that you’ll have to find out for yourself, but here’s our pick of what we think is worth a look in the sailing sections of the Southampton International Boat Show.
Discount on Southampton Boat Show 2022 tickets
The 53rd Southampton International Boat Show takes place September 16-25, open from 1000-1800 daily.
YM readers can use discount code YM22 to receive two adult general admission tickets for £39.99, rather than the full price of £32 per single ticket. Concessions, hospitality and other ticket offers can be found on the website: www.southamptonboatshow.com
Meet the YM team
Back at our usual location, Yachting Monthly will be at stand E001, ready for subscription renewals with prizes to be won and books to be purchased.
The editorial team will be around for a few days. If you see us, say hello or leave your name on the booth and we’ll call you back.
We will also be hosting gin and tonic drinks at the B&G booth (J372) at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16 for the 2022 Brian Black Memorial Award presentation.
Come have a drink and discover the incredible stories submitted to this contest.
Learn more about us, the editors of Monthly Yachting, Practical boat owner, and a few other magazines will be interviewed on the Foredeck Stage on the afternoon of Friday September 16th. Keep an eye on the schedules closer to the day.
The start of the show: Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54, Hallberg-Rassy 57, Dufour 56
Big boats have been big. The demand for more comfort, more luxury and more performance aligns comfortably with boat builders’ preference for selling larger boats.
Among the flagship models of the fifties that will be on the pontoons are the Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 54, the Hanse 548 and 588, and the 57 from Hallberg-Rassy.
If you’re looking for pure luxury this might be the baby of the range, but the Swan 48 is definitely worth a look, as are the Spirit yachts for their exquisite finish.
Rustler, a mainstay of the show, will be there with his delightful little 24-foot dayboat, as well as the bluewater-ready 42, whose encapsulated keel, suspended rudder and heavy displacement will appeal to traditionalists.
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The start of the show: Dazcat 1295, Dragonfly 32 Evolution, Dragonfly 40, Fountaine Pajot Isla 40, Fountaine Pajot Elba 45, Lagoon 50
Catamarans are also on the rise, driven in part by those who abandon life on land, at least for part of the year, to sail to follow the trade winds to warmer climes.
There will be around ten multihulls to wander around.
For those with performance in mind, trimarans, from the small and brand new Astus 22.5 with its hulls designed by the legendary VPLP team, to the Dragonfly 32, and relatively new flagship, the 40.
When it comes to fast cats, the Dazcat 1295 should definitely be on your list.
If it’s space that interests you, Fountaine Pajot is presenting the Isla 40 and Elba 45, and Lagoon will have its 42 and 50 on the pontoons.
Equipment and fittings
There is a multitude of equipment, supplies and sailmakers on display.
If your genoa is looking a little tired or your halyards are fraying, the boat show is a great place to see many sail shops and master riggers side by side to compare their wares, discuss what you need and make a deal.
One of the fun things about walking around a boat show, however, is stumbling upon completely unexpected things that you didn’t know you needed, but now really want to have.
Whether it’s an expedition rowboat for the sea or an inflatable rowing catamaran, dinghies you can fold, stack, nest, inflate or sail (or all at once), this will be in the living room.
If you want to go green with your boating, take a look at bio-based epoxy from Entropy Resins, renewable energy solutions from Marlec (other brands available!), or check out The Green Blue.
More and more companies are offering electric propulsion solutions for boats, and while the leaders E-Propulsion and Torqeedo are there, Bellmarine and Fischer Panda are also presenting their inboard electric motors.
If you still have energy, don’t miss the maritime art for sale.
There’s a new brand of Mustang Survival clothing and safety kits worth checking out, and who wouldn’t want a Yamaha inflatable jet ski (unfortunately only for kids).
And when your feet can’t take it anymore, grab a beer and a chair and catch up with some old friends.
Highlights of Appendices and Appendices: Rowing boat GlideTide, Row and Sail X-cat, Folding Rib, DinghyGo, Spearfish, Boatworld air floor tenders, Explorer nesting dinghy
The Green Sail makes its debut: Entropy resins biobased epoxy resins, Hempel Silic One antifouling, Marlec renewable power, The Green Blue
Electric drive: Bellmarine, Fischer Panda, E-Propulsion, Torqeedo
The start of the show: Astus 22.5, Swallow Baycruiser 23, Nicholson 31 Liberty Jane, Waverley dinghy.
Strong points: VIKO S21, Drascombe
While size is king, there is an undercurrent of much cheaper smaller boats to be seen.
As usual, the likes of Cornish Crabber, Drascombe Lugger and Longboat will be there, as will innovative Welsh yard, Swallow Yachts, with its Bayraider, and the larger Baycruiser 23. Viko Yachts’ S21 trailer will be on the water though the Tofinou dayboats are slightly off-budget – even though they are nice to look at (and sail).
The Astus 22.5 trimaran is worth the detour. There aren’t many trailer sailboats that can cruise over 10 knots without heeling, even if accommodation is on the gem side.
Not a new boat, by far, but the Nicholson 31 owners association got the N31 Liberty Joan on the pontoons.
As far as affordable cruising yachts go, this is something of a classic.
For true micro-cruising adventures, the GRP Waverley Leg Rig Dinghy is pretty and could be fun.
Cruisers on the pontoon at the Southampton Boat Show 2022
The start of the show: Dehler 38SQ, Dufour 470, GT325 (outside shipyard), Hallberg-Rassy 400, Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 380, Moody DS41
Then, of course, there are the more traditional cruise ships, of which there is more than enough to fill your boots.
On the performance side, Arcona has its updated Arcona 385 and 435 at the show, the Dehler 38SQ is worth a look and Salona and X-Yachts will also be there.
There are some interesting small boats around the 30-35 foot mark including the new Dufour 32, Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 and Hanse 348.
Also of note is the British-built GT325 and although the yard only has a stand at the show, the actual boat will be available for test sailing in the nearby Ocean Village marina.
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