Boat design changes make compelling viewing at South Coast Boat Show

With over seventy new boats on display at MDL’s Ocean Village Marina, the South Coast Boat Show is set to attract boat owners who are keen on seeing how their favoured global sail and power brands have developed.

“Designs have changed so much in the last five years,” says Chris Warwick from Universal Yachting, “boat owners who visit the show and who have a 10-15 year-old model of a boat will be impressed with the pace of development.

“Single acts have so many knock-on effects. For example, with the Dufour 430, the transom has been pushed out further. This gives more space in the cockpit, better visibility and allows the introduction of twin helms, making steering easier.

“The new hull shape, with chines pushed forward, means sailing performance is improved plus the extra volume allows a centralised galley creating a lovely living space (with full width deck windows on the coach roof).”

It’s not just the functional layout though that Chris believes will be fascinating.

“Sail plans have moved away from 130% genoas which are tedious,” he says. “They now have smaller gibs which are much easier to handle and better for any inexperienced crew you bring on board. All of these upgrades will no doubt delight owners of older models.”

Accommodation discount

The South Coast Boat Show, guided by Raymarine, has teamed up with the Harbour Hotel to offer a 15% discount on any room booking made for the 15-17 May.

This critically acclaimed flagship hotel is Southampton’s only five-star hotel and its unique design mirrors a striking superyacht.

Those who want to make use of the hotel offer need to book via using code BSEXHIB. While online, visitors can also visit to claim their free tickets and use the bespoke booking system to guarantee valuable one-on-one time onboard specific boats.

South Coast Boat Show confirmed exhibitors include:

Arcona, Axopar, Azimut Yachts, Bavaria Yachts, Bayliner, Beneteau (sail and power), Dazcat, Discovery Yachts, Dragonfly Trimarans, Dehler, Dufour, Excess Catamarans, Fountaine Pajot, Galeon Yachts, Grand RIBS, Greenline Yachts, Hallberg Rassey, Hanse, Jeanneau (sail and power), Lagoon, Najad, Nautitech Catamarans, Nimbus, Parker Boats, Sea Ray, Seaward, Solaris, Solent Yacht Charters, Stingher RIBs, X-Yachts, ZAR Formenti, and more.

Creating a teeming land-based exhibition area for show visitors are companies including Raymarine, Rigit, Swellpro, South London Trailer Centre, Ocean Chandlery, Parasailor, HMS Spirits, Hambledon Vineyard, Mendez Marine, Fischer Panda UK, GN Espace Galley Solutions, SGB Finance, the Association of Sail Training Organisations, Clean to Gleam, JDK Marine valeting services, Wilder Solent, and Jeckells the Sailmakers.

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