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Published on September 11, 2013 by   ·   1 Comment

If it’s September it must be the PSP Southampton Boat Show.  As usual, the speculation about which boats might become the stars of the Show is rife, as buyers and sellers look forward to this annual showcase of the best craft available.

The 2013 PSP Southampton Boat Show will take place from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September and the organisers are hoping to surpass last year’s memorable event, which benefited massively from the spirit of energy and optimism created by the London Olympics and Paralympics, which had taken place only a few weeks earlier:  sales and interest from visitors were described as “excellent”.

There will be some new attractions this year, including a Battle of the Classes Pursuit Race and traditional boat building lessons, amongst other things.

Naturally, British boat builders will be out in force hoping to attract interest for their latest craft.  Princess, a company that is enjoying unprecedented success with its range of superyachts, will launch three new models at Southampton, namely the Princess 88 Motor Yacht, the Princess V48 and the Princess 43.

The Princess 88
The Princess 88

The most notable aspect of the Princess 88 is its resin-infused long-range hull, a revolutionary design that was inspired by efficiency lessons conducted on the Princess 40M, which won the World Superyacht Award.  The living quarters are extremely comfortable and purchasers can choose either four or five en-suite cabins.

The Princess V48
The Princess V48

The Princess V48 is a versatile and exciting sports yacht that also features a lightweight resin-infused hull and the latest Volvo IPS engines and drive system helping tight marina manoeuvres become child’s play.  With a powered roof and triple sliding doors, the spacious enclosed saloon on the main deck can be transformed into one large alfresco area.  There are two large en-suites below.

The Princess 43
The Princess 43

An impressive addition to the company’s flybridge range, the new Princess 43 features a design that allows for lavish outdoor entertainment spaces as well as flexible accommodation for six people.  Up top the flybridge is suited to alfresco dining and sunbathing whilst the bathing platform below can be fitted with an electro-hydraulic mechanism to raise and lower the tender or equally used as a submersible beach.

The Sunseeker 80 Sport
The Sunseeker 80 Sport

As usual, all eyes will be on Sunseeker’s latest offerings, namely the Manhattan 55, the 68 Sport Yacht and the 80 Sport Yacht, all of which will be making their debut at Southampton.

Early gossip about the Manhattan 55 indicates that this craft will improve on the available space of her predecessor, the 53 and mention has also been made of the eye-catching design, which includes a much larger flybridge and new panoramic hull windows.  Clients will also be offered the choice of a lower or upper galley arrangement at no extra cost, plus Caterpillar, MAN, Volvo shaft or Volvo IPS engine options.

Billed as the entry-level model of Sunseeker’s sport yacht line, the 68 Sport Yacht’s most noticeable feature is its sport flybridge, accessed via an integrated portside staircase.  This area will be fitted with a C-shaped settee to starboard, dual seat helm station to port, and a forward looking bench.  The interior offers three double cabins with a full beam owner’s stateroom, and a galley below.  The main deck is an entertainment area, with a lounge sofa and L-shaped dining table to port.  A two-berth crew cabin is located aft.  Buyers will be offered three choices of engine, from Cat or MTU starting at 1150 up to 1622hp.

The Sunseeker 80 Sport Yacht is a sleek, high performance 25-metre yacht with a maximum speed of 44 knots and a 30-knot cruising speed.  Apart from its superior handling, this attractive boat can easily accommodate up to eight guests and a crew of two to three.  Its ultra-streamlined appearance reminiscent of the best-selling 28 Metre Yacht will surely attract some serious punters at the Show.

The Fairline 48 Targa
The Fairline 48 Targa

Fairline has been rather coy about its range of three 48-foot models, but the magical aura of secrecy will be shattered in Southampton as the Company prepares to unveil the Targa 48 OPEN, the Squadron 48 and the Targa 48 GRAN TURISMO.

The Targa 48 OPEN reflects the current trend of including generous social spaces both inside and out.  This meticulously equipped and cleverly designed two en-suite craft features an electric canvas roof as standard, along with a garage for optional tender and a submersible platform.  Below deck the amidships master and forward double are joined by a galley with full-size fridge-freezer and a spacious saloon/diner with optional sofa bed or additional cabin.

Its spacious flybridge with large seating area and sunbed conversion lends the Squadron 48 its characteristic appearance.  The inclusion of a submersible bathing platform, suitable for a jet tender and the optional barbecue package, which includes a sink, griddle, fridge and icemaker, reinforces the Squadron 48’s essentially sporty nature.  Stainless steel doors lead to a generously proportioned saloon, with large port and starboard seating area.  Downstairs, three cabins constitute the standard accommodation with the possibility of a dinette in place of the third cabin.

Like its siblings, the Targa 48 GRAN TURISMO has been designed with onboard comfort in mind as much as top-level performance.  It features a glazed electric hardtop roof and a spacious upper deck with plenty of social space.  The cockpit features J-shaped seating with table and optional sunbed conversion, while the saloon also includes plenty of seating and there is a fully appointed helm station with twin seats.  Like the Squadron 48, this yacht has three cabins, but there is the possibility of sacrificing the third in favour of a lower saloon or dinette.

Despite the sticky economic climate, visitors have continued to visit the world’s great boat shows. Figures for last year indicate a small increase on 2011’s 111,017 visitors and it is hoped that 2013’s PS Southampton Boat Show will be even more successful.

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  1. […] Flybridge up to 55ft – Plymouth-based UK builder Princess Yachts International won the category with its new Princess 43.  The judges described it as being:  “so refined, spacious, classy and capable that it’s hard to see why buyers at this price would look anywhere else.”  Our review is here: […]


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