Ancasta gears up for spring boat shows and Beneteau sea trials

A luxury catamaran with four people on board, floating in the sea off the coast with orange/yellow sky of sunset in the background. Prestige M8

As the boating community eagerly gears up for the season ahead, Ancasta has released its lineup for key spring boat shows across the UK and Europe, along with customer sea trial dates.

“The only way to truly experience a boat is to step aboard and explore it first-hand, which is why we have made sure to provide a huge selection of boats exhibiting across these events so that people can discover which is best for them,” says Will Blair, Ancasta’s group marketing director. 

Beneteau Customer Sea Trials, Port Ginesta

Held in Port Ginesta, near Barcelona, Ancasta will host clients at the Beneteau sea trials 17-21 April 2024. This five-day event enables prospective buyers to try out a huge range of Beneteau models in actual navigable conditions before purchasing. 

South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show, Southampton, 19-21 April 

Things kick off later this week with the return of the South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show to Southampton, UK.

Ancasta will showcase a selection of global brands, from Beneteau sail and power and Lagoon catamarans to Protector and Scorpion RIBs, on offer ahead of the new season.

Gran Turismo 45

The latest addition to Beneteau’s Gran Turismo line is the Gran Turismo 45; a sleek and sporty 14.78-metre cruiser. The metallic grey ‘fashion plates’ fixed to the sides of the hardtop and on the engine air intakes contribute to aesthetics and performance. The air step hull design is said to reduce drag without compromising handling and can clock up to 170 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 25 knots. Designed with versatility in mind, there is a two-cabin configuration with the option to convert the lower saloon into a third. 

Swift Trawler 48

Replacing the outgoing 47 model is the 14.74-metre Swift Trawler 48; this mid-range semi-displacement flybridge cruiser boasts a stylish profile. Inside, there are clean, contemporary interiors with a well-appointed galley. The 20-square-meter flybridge gives rise to panoramic views and plenty of space for lounging and alfresco dining, including a wet bar. Accommodating up to six, the Swift Trawler 48 has three cabins, including a master, double and twin. The asymmetrical deck layout gives a well-protected starboard-sided deck, and an opening transom provides a large platform with a hydraulic lifting system. 

Beneteau Oceanis 37.1

The latest addition to the iconic Oceanis range is the Oceanis 37.1. This 10.77-metre sailing yacht features a modern hull shape with increased interior volume. The swing keel can adjust draft specifications, and the additional beam translates to a more spacious interior, offering a choice of two or three-cabin layouts. According to Ancasta, the yacht features prioritise ease of handling, with a rig engineered without a backstay to free up valuable cockpit space. The collaborative efforts of Marc Lombard and the Nauta Design team have developed this model, representing the 7th generation of this popular line. 

Beneteau First 44

Positioned between the First 36 and First 53 is the First 44; a 14.15-metre cruiser-racer. The sailing yacht has two distinct deck plans for owners – the First 44 and the First 44 Performance. The model is produced in a dedicated facility. Equipped with a 106-square-metre modern sail area, it can tackle Code 0 and spinnaker sails; the aft mast position also enhances performance. According to the boatbuilder, the water ballast system can replace up to four people on the rail, enabling it to sail as fast as a fully crewed boat.

Lagoon 42

This popular model is a 12.8-metre multihull with a 1.25-metre draft that blends sailing performance with spacious, functional living spaces. Featuring a new coach roof design and lines designed by VPLP Design and Patrick le Quement. For ease of handling, there is an elevated helm position, self-tacking jib, short boom, and all controls located at the helm aft. Inside the catamaran, Nauta Design has created light and contemporary aesthetics. The hardtop bimini offers weather protection, and the open-plan cockpit offers shelter and ventilation. The cabin configuration is available in three or four. 

Protector 310 Targa

The New Zealand manufacturer introduces the Protector 310 Targa. This capable 9.36-metre boat is designed to meet the needs of both commercial users and serious recreational boaters seeking that versatile year-round vessel. Capable of reaching up to 30 knots, this multipurpose boat was utilised as a chase boat for the New Zealand America’s Cup events. The spacious interior layout includes a cabin that features twin bunks and the option of additional transom seats for extra seating and storage. 

Protector 310 Chase 

The Protector 310 Chase is a high-performance utility vessel equipped with a full-sized bimini and 360-degree walkable deck. This 9.25-metre boat is ideal for those requiring a high-performance vessel for diving, fishing, commuting, or as a tender to remote beaches, superyachts and yacht racing syndicates.

Scorpion 10m Sting 

The Scorpion Sting 10m is a world endurance record holder. This model is extremely capable, with sleek consoles, shock-mitigating seats, additional seating, and new engine options. It features a non-stepped hull built to withstand the harshest conditions and a helm designed for standing and seating. 

Oceanis Yacht 60 

Designed by Roberto Biscontini and Lorenzo Argento, the Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 60 is an ocean cruising yacht, featuring modern finishes and a customisable specification. In-mast furling and electric winches allow for ease of handling. The 18.29-metre yacht has ample, open-planned living space with three double ensuite cabins, plus an expansive deck space and a spacious tender garage on the exterior. 

Oceanis Yacht 54

Beneteau used the hull from its high-performance First Yacht 53 to create this Oceanis Yacht 54 model for those opting for more cruising than racing. According to Beneteau, it is suitable for all weather, even light winds, and the twin rudders allow for increased hull control at the dual helm station for responsiveness. The 17-metre yacht also features a wide-open deck space and three cabins, with an additional crew cabin.

First 53

The First 53 is a performance-oriented sailing yacht officially launched at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival. This sleek, sporty, modern yacht combines fast cruising capabilities with a sail area of 168-square-metres and a new concept hull designed for moderate speeds. Performance can be enhanced with optional carbon riggings. The 17.14-metre yacht has ample space, including a lounge area and three modern designed cabins.

The Oceanis 37.1, Gran Turismo 45, and Swift Trawler 48 will also be available for trial with Ancasta at the Beneteau Customer Sea Trials.

Palma International Boat Show, Mallorca, 25-28 April

With over 600 yachts on display, this prestigious show returns to the yachting hub of the Balearic Islands, Marina Port Vell in Palma. As the leading Prestige dealer for the Balearic regions, Ancasta will exhibit a premier selection of this luxury power brand model. 

Prestige M48

Launched at the 2022 Cannes Yachting Festival, the first power catamaran from Prestige Yachts has quickly gained accolades, winning the Design Innovation Award in 2022 and the European Power Boat of the Year in 2023. It results from a collaboration between Phillippe Briand, Garroni Design, and Prestige Engineering. At 14.79 metres in length with a 6-metre beam, the Prestige M48 has plenty of space and has been designed with a deep bridge deck lining both hulls, giving it a similar look and feel to a monohull below deck with full beam contemporary designed cabins. 

Prestige F4

The first in the new range of flybridge motor yachts, built upon the heritage of the Prestige F series, this 15-metre power boat offers several improvements. Featuring a deep V-hull design, the F4 can accommodate six guests across three flexibly configured cabins. The design is a collaboration between the Garroni design team for the exterior and interior layouts and Valentina Milterno De Romedis for the modern interior styling. 

Prestige X60

Developed in collaboration with Camillo Garroni, the 18.91-metre Prestige X60 is a worthy heir to the renowned flagship X70. The ‘infinity cockpit’ standout feature results in a unique layout for this model – an entirely open area offering panoramic views and seamless access to the saloon through an electrically operated sliding glass door. The Prestige X60 can reach cruising speeds between 17 and 20 knots. The three-cabin layout has space for six guests and an additional crew cabin. 

Prestige M8

The Prestige M8 will be berthed in Club de Mar and visitors to the show will be able to enjoy exclusive, VIP tours via a shuttle.

British Motor Yacht Show, Swanwick, Southampton, 16-19 May

Running 16-19 May, the British Motor Yacht Show will be held at Swanwick Marina for its 11th year. Over 50 industry leading brands will attend, and Ancasta will display some of the best models from Bluegame, Prestige, Beneteau motor yachts, Protector, and Scorpion RIBs. 

Bluegame BG42

A brand of San Lorenzo, Bluegame has reinvented traditional layouts. Designed by Luca Santella and Zuccon International Project, this entry-level 12.98-metre Bluegame model showcases a sleek profile and walkaround sportscruiser layout. Power comes from twin Volvo Penta IPS600 engine, with a claimed top speed of 35 knots. Despite its compact size, it offers a clever use of space, providing a safe and stylish platform for cruising. 

Prestige 590 

The Prestige 590 boasts offers generous entertaining spaces and the power and joystick manoeuvring makes handling easy. The 18.7-metre model has three cabins, plus accommodation for crew. The model also comes with a Zeus drive system and Skyhook digital anchoring. 

Prestige 460S 

Sharing the same internal layout as the Prestige flybridge Line, the Prestige S-Line benefits from a large retracting sunroof that opens up over the saloon. POD drive and joystick is designed to make handling easy.

Beneteau Grand Trawler 62 

The flagship of Beneteau’s trawler range, this 18.95-metre trawler yacht has been built for long-distance cruising with a 1,500 nautical mile range. The award-winning boat features a full-body displacement hull, providing a stable, voluminous platform and comfortably accommodating six and eight guests, plus crew. The interiors are courtesy of Nauta Design, complete with satin wax finished wood, leather, and elegant textiles. 

Ancasta will also show the Beneteau Gran Turismo 45 and Beneteau Swift Trawler 48, as well as RIBs from Protector 310 Targa, Protector Chase 310 and the Scorpion Sting. 

UK-based buyers are encouraged to visit Ancasta International Boat Sales’  to schedule an appointment to view their desired boat models. 

Ancasta has posted a comprehensive list of boats available for viewing through Ancasta at these upcoming spring boat shows online.

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