Top 10 Reasons to Go to the London Boat Show

New boats, used boats, and much more are currently on display at the 2011 Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show.

11th January 2011.
By John Burnham

If you are interested in superyachts, you can find the new Princess 32m inside the hall at the ExCeL Centre, home of the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show. I found more 100-plus foot boats than ever this year on display. Sunseeker has a Predator of equal length at the top of their stand, overlooking the Sunseeker champagne bar.

Oyster 82 at the Used Boat Marina

But step outside for some fresh air and you’ll find the Used Boat Marina at the wharf, where you can board three more Sunseekers and an Oyster 82, floating with a few dozen other cruising boats.

The cruising chute demo

For sailors, one of the most interesting exhibitions isn’t a boat at all – the cruising spinnaker demo platform for Hyde Sails, complete with artificial wind and a functional deck on a roundtable.

Most of us haven’t sold the farm or the business recently, so our eyes will eventually turn back to the dozens and dozens of less expensive options. They range from little river cruisers to Trophys, Bayliners, Sessas, Sea Rays, and a full range of Bavaria, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Sealine, and Fairline boats up to 50 feet and beyond. Here are 10 you might enjoy seeing at the show, which runs through 16 January, 2011.

10. Princess 32m – The first M Series model is a step larger and a step higher in quality for this well-established UK builder.

Southerly 57, launched late last summer

9. Southerly 57 – See why this luxury performer had a successful debut at Southampton and also in Annapolis.

8. Fairline 50 Targa Gran Turismo – The little sister to the 58 offers similar qualities of light and space, as well as performance and style in a smaller, less expensive package.

The Sense 43 's hard-chines and broad stern offer a huge cockpit and spacious main saloon.

The hard-chines and broad stern on the Sense 43 give it a huge cockpit and spacious main saloon.

7. Beneteau Sense 43 - Pushing the envelope just like last season’s Sense 50, this broad-beamed monohull also comes optionally equipped with the same pod-drive Dock and Go maneuverability that allows the skipper to spin the boat in a circle under power.

6. Bavaria 36 and 34 Sport Cruiser – If you haven’t noticed Bavaria recently, their new sail and power models will turn your head with improved design and quality.

5. Sea Ray 235 Weekender – Four of five Sea Ray models built in Europe are on display at the Sea Ray stand.

4. Elan Impression 444 – Designer Rob Humphreys (left) introduces his latest while UK dealer Julian Goodie looks on. The 444 is a good-looking evolutionary upgrade to the 434 and carries carbon wheels, Harken Radial winches, and new port window styling.

3. Jeanneau Prestige 35 – A nice example of the well-fitted flybridge cruisers Jeanneau is producing. While you are at it, step a few boats down to see the innovative interior layout on the 500S.

The J/111 makes its European debut in London

2. J/111We wrote about the J/111 in the lead-up to the show. It’s clean, simple, designed for speed, not inexpensive, but one of the most exciting new production sailboats we’ve seen in some time.

1. YachtWorld.com Brokers Village – Our sister site runs this stand, and it isn’t one boat. More like 110,000 available, with a few hundred featured on display. If you want to brush up, stop by for the 10-minute talk on boat-buying and have your questions answered.

This list barely scratches the surface of what’s available at the show. There’s model-boat racing, an action-watersports pool, and an entire hall offering marine equipment and services of all types. It’s a great place to check out boats of all sizes and shapes.

Editor’s Note: John Burnham is the editorial director of Dominion Marine Media.


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