The Southampton Boat Show might be sub-titled "the sailor's show", with so many of the yachts on display on the water, and plenty of sailing activity including various try-a-boat opportunities, there's no wonder it's grown in popularity over the years. Here are just a few of the new sailing craft due to be on display at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show to whet your appetite.

Hanse 315 at Southampton Boat Show 2015

The Hanse 315 wil make its world debut at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show.

Hanse 315 (Berth M267)

This German volume boat builder’s latest 30-footer makes its world debut at Southampton. It promises to be a refined design at an impressive price, with the base specification model selling for just €70,800 including VAT (approximately £51,000).

Tiller steering is provided as standard, with twin wheels as an option, although it’s hard to see why anyone would opt for the extra complexity, weight and cost of wheel steering on a boat of this size. The deep L-shaped bulb keel with a generous 1.85m helps to confer excellent stability for a boat of this size, while a shoal draught option, with a 1.37m keel, is also available.

Below decks there’s excellent headroom for a boat of this size – it’s 1.91m in the companionway, tapering down to 1.77m in the bow. Two layout versions are available, with either an open bulkhead and large double berth in the bow, or a closed bulkhead, small seat and a demountable double berth. At the back of the boat is an athwartships king size berth under the cockpit.

Marlow Legend 31

Down below on the Marlow Legend 31

Marlow Legend 31 (Stand F014)

This American built cruising yacht is making its European debut at the show. Despite although it’s also badged as a 31-footer, this is a significantly larger boat than the Hanse 315, with an extra two feet of overall length and almost another foot of beam. It’s therefore a more expensive boat, with the feel of a much larger and more solid vessel on deck and offers much more volume below, even though the general layout is very similar. The boat is offered with three different keel configurations, including a bilge keel variant, while the level of equipment is generally of a high standard.


J/11S sailing upwind

The J/11S sailing upwind.

J/11S (Berth M358)

This is another model that’s making its world debut at the show this year. It’s an evolution of J-Boat’s successful J/111 racing yacht that has been re-configured for short-handed racing. Changes include replacing the big wheel of the J/111 with tiller steering, together with twin rudders and a shorter rig, which has helped bring the IRC rating down from 1.096 to 1.050. The result is an attractive package that promises good all-round performance, rather than being optimised for medium and heavy air reaching and running in the way that many short-handed designs are.


The CNB76 will be the largest sailing yacht at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show.

CNB 76 (Berth M160)

The largest sailing yacht at the show will be making its debut in the UK. Built by a subsidiary company of the Beneteau group, the CNB 76 is almost large enough to be in small superyacht territory, and yet is a production boat that sells for little more than many 60 footers. It will be worth checking out if you’re looking for a large and sophisticated yacht with plenty of space for family and friends to live in comfort.


The inflatable DinghyGo.

DinghyGo (Stand A061)

This 2.8m inflatable tender offers more than most, as it’s available with a sailing rig. As well as potentially saving on fuel, or the effort of rowing, it also offers the opportunity for children to engage in Swallows and Amazons style exploring when anchored or moored in your favourite creek, estuary or bay.

The 2015 Southampton Boat Show show runs from September 11-20, find out more at Southampton Boat Show.

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Written by: Rupert Holmes
Rupert Holmes has more than 70,000 miles of offshore cruising and racing experience, in waters ranging from the North Sea to the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. He writes about all aspects of boat ownership and marine travel, including destinations, seamanship and maintenance, as well as undertaking regular new boat and gear tests. He currently sails around 5,000 miles per year and in the past couple of seasons has cruised from the UK to the Azores, as well as winning his class in the 2014 two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race. He also owns two yachts, one based in the Mediterranean and the other in the UK.