The list of new sailing yachts at London Boat Show 2016 has been upstaged somewhat by the new powerboats (see Alex Smith's pick of the new launches here) – in particular, the whopping 131-footer from Sunseeker – but for anyone on the market for a new sailing yacht, the chance to get aboard three such varied designs in the same place at the same time is well worth a trip over to ExCel.
Key Yachting - Stand A220/A/B/C/D
Intended as a performance cruiser, rather than an out-and-out racer, this 36-footer combines an ergonomic cockpit and deck layout with a bright and practical two-cabin interior, which includes an aft heads compartment and walnut trim.
The single large steering wheel allows an outboard sitting position with a clear view of the jib tell-tales and the oncoming waves. The main and jib controls are within easy reach of the helm, allowing upwind sail trim to be carried out without leaving the wheel or troubling the crew. The boat on show will be the first of this model seen in the UK, before departing after the show to her new owner in Ireland.
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389
This new model in Jeanneau’s line up of mass market cruising yachts is a Marc Lombard design that incorporates the very latest hull shapes and styling along with easily handled sail plans.
Three different keel options are available - deep, shoal and lifting – while sail plan options include a self-tacking jib for shorthanded sailors. The boat is available in two and three cabin versions, with the former benefitting from a larger after quarter cabin and an impressively large and well appointed heads compartment. Both models share the same forecabin arrangement, together with the spacious saloon, which incorporates a small navigation station, and there’s a generous galley as well.
Download the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 389 brochure here.
Stand A220 N/0
This is one of the best-value small yachts available on the UK market for some time. It’s an Italian design built in Poland that offers four berths, the option of a separate heads compartment and near standing headroom, all for less than £20,000.
It benefits from a contemporary hull shape and a lifting keel that reduces draught to only half a metre. It can also be towed by a medium to large family car.
Recently launched sailing yachts
Although there are relatively few sailing yachts that will be seen for the first time at London, there are also a number that were unveiled at Southampton in September. These include Cornish Crabber’s new Shrimper 21, which will be on display along with the company’s Limpet 10 sailing dinghy/tender. There’s also the Polish built Viko 30, Hanse’s new 315, the J/11S short-handed racer/cruiser and the ultra-spacious Marlow Legend 31.