The 2017 London Boat Show is set to return in January with more than 300 exhibitors and a selection of World, European and UK boat debuts. It will also feature a set of attractions (some new, some old and some pleasantly spruced up) to make your day out that bit more special.
Among the features making a return will be the London Stage, with live entertainment and musical performances throughout the ten days, plus marine fashion shows displaying the latest boating trends. Sky Sports Presenter, Alec Wilkinson, will also host regular features with nautical personalities, including Dee Caffari (the only woman to have sailed around the world three times); Saskia Clarke (Olympic gold medallist and Rolex World Sailor of the Year); and Zeb Zoanes (presenter of Radio 4’s ‘The Shipping Forecast’).
Just a stone’s throw from that will be a new feature known as the ‘Dream Lodge Marina & Boating Lake’. Designed to offer an idyllic place to enjoy food and drink next to moored yachts, it will sit directly next to the Boating Lake, which will cater for the more active visitor. Expect kayaking, sailing and water zorbing alongside cooking demos and a waterside bar.
Those who visit during the final three days of the event will also get free access to the Telegraph Travel Show and the Telegraph Cruise Show. Hosted in the North Hall, across the walkway from the marine exhibits, there will be around 200 travel and 50 cruise specialists, enabling you to sit down and plan your perfect holiday at the ‘Genius Bar’ - however ambitious or alternative your ideas might be.
Murray Ellis, Chief Officer of Boat Shows at British Marine, is excited at the way things are developing: “We already have a number of leading global brands as well as world product launches confirmed for January’s 63rd London Boat Show, with more exhibitors signing up every day. With some great attractions, this year’s show is set to be yet another exciting event.”
London Boat Show 2017: Powerboat highlights
Among some prestigious craft from Ventura UK, Fjord, Cormate, Sealine, Sessa and Chris Craft (and some more accessible exhibits from Bayliner, Quicksilver and Regal) will be several debuts of particular interest...
Sunseeker Manhattan 66
Show stalwart, Sunseeker, will be bringing its new Manhattan 66 to the London event for its World debut. Designed as a sociable, high-performance leisure platform, it uses panoramic window sections and an open plan layout for good light, increased space and a strong variety of entertainment options. It also features a Portuguese-bridge bow, an expansive cockpit, a newly configured flybridge and a galley that can be positioned down below to maximise saloon space. Otherwise, there is room for four spacious cabins, including a full-beam master suite with its own private stairway - a first for Sunseeker at this size.
At the Princess stand, the S60 will also be making its World debut. Coming in as the baby of the three S Class models, this sporting 38-knot motoryacht will offer the same delectable looks as the rest of the line, alongside a generous main deck with an aft galley plan and a well-integrated cockpit. There will also be a useful gathering space on the foredeck, a large tender garage and sleeping for six in three cabins.
Prestige Yachts will be exhibiting in a similar size bracket with its new 630 - a Garroni-designed craft that aims to reaffirm the established Prestige approach with brightly lit interiors, one-level living and an aft-galley arrangement with a bar that opens out into the cockpit. It will also feature three cabins, all with private ensuite facilities, plus a huge flybridge and twin Volvo IPS950 engines for easier manoeuvring and uprated cruising economy.
Admiral Pro Fish 660
And for those keen on the more affordable side of things, Admiral’s Mercury-powered Pro Fish 660 will be offering broad versatility in a compact fishing package; and Finnmaster’s all-aluminium Scandinavian-style bow rider, the R5, will be making its debut appearance as the new entry-level model for the exciting Husky range.
London Boat Show 2017: Sailboat highlights
The show will again have a wide range of sailing boats, ranging from dinghies from RS Sailing and Hobie through classic styled craft to large yachts such as the Jeanneau 54 and Beneteau Sense 57.
This new large yacht offers a high degree of layout customisation to suit the needs of different owners. Options vary from a five cabin (plus crew) charter arrangement to a two-cabin (plus crew) layout that offers an impressive amount of personal space, full width saloon and large galley aft of the saloon.
The hull and deck design are by Philippe Briand, while Andrew Winch has brought his experience of working with superyachts, along with a meticulous approach to ergonomics, to create a superlative look and feel to the yacht. The deck layout includes plenty of lounging space away from any sail handling action, including an impressively large cockpit, and a big boat style tender garage.
Sun Fast 3200R
Although it’s now eight years since the Sun Fast 3200 was originally launched, it remains a consistently good performer on the racetrack. This year it was given a makeover by designer Daniel Andrieu, including a new blade keel in place of the original bulb, carbon rig and revised deck layout. These changes make the boat more appealing to those who race will full crews, as well as the solo and double-handed sailors for whom the boat has always excelled.
The new boat immediately drew attention when it convincingly won Class 2 in the French Spi Ouest regatta at the start of the 2016 season, with the designer on board. Andrieu performed similarly well at the prestigious Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup, where it was part of the winning French Blue team. The boat on show will be set up primarily for solo and double-handed offshore racing.
The Drascombe range will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017 and builder Churchouse Boats will be exhibiting the very first 18ft Lugger, launched in 1967, alongside a brand new model. This distinctive yawl rigged dayboat offers a low-hassle way of getting afloat under sail in favourable weather. That it has remained popular for 50 years speaks volumes about its appeal.
There will also be a number of models on show that were first seen at this year’s Southampton Boat Show. These include the Dehler’s new 34-footer, a sporty yet civilised fast cruiser, four models from Hanse's line up, and Beneteau’s Sense 57. The latter is an innovative easily handled yacht, with the saloon and galley areas right at the aft end of the accommodation to minimise the separation between these areas and the cockpit.
In addition, Key Yachting will be showing the 29ft J/88 ‘speedster’ (stand E064), RS Sailing (stand B095) will again have its range of innovative dinghies and small keelboats and Legend Yachts UK will be exhibiting the Marlow Legend 40 (stand G065C).
Must-have show information
The London Boat Show 2017 will take place from 06 to 15 January at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. Opening hours are from 1000 to 1800 daily and from 1000 to 2000 on ‘Late Night Thursday’. Advance tickets start from £10, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult. For more information, visit www.londonboatshow.com.