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Published on October 14, 2014 by   ·   No Comments

Another year and another PSP Southampton Boat Show has passed. Running from 12 to 21 September 2014, many claimed that the event was the best for a number of years with warm weather and an improving economy combining to generate strong sales across the board.


The Show was attended by more than 112,000 people, slightly up on 2013, which with 111,963 visitors was also a slight improvement on 2012.

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of National Boat Shows, said, “The PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 has been a great success.

More than 10,000 visitors got out on the water, families enjoyed a ride on the Boat Show Eye and boaters bought everything from canoes to multimillion pound yachts.

The weather has been glorious and spirits have been high, once again confirming the PSP Southampton Boat Show as one of the world’s leading boat shows.”

Murray continued, “The Show kicked off in style on the first day with TV star Matt Baker arriving on board one of the Show’s star attractions, the tall ship Phoenix, accompanied by Iain Percy OBE and ambassadors from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

We’ve been delighted to have the Foundation as the Show’s official charity and so pleased to be able to join in with the worldwide Bart’s Bash event on the Show’s final day.”

Among the debuts for the 2014 Southampton Boat Show was the Sealine S330, which MarinaLive! has written about in detail in a separate article this month, the Princess 68, the Prestige 420 and the Sunseeker Manhattan 65, a bigger and better update to the Manhattan 63, and the 86 Yacht, also from Sunseeker.


Sunseeker pulled in its own celebrity guests to officially open its stand, long-term Sunseeker owner and F1 legend Eddie Jordan and Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman, against a soundtrack of live operatic-pop from Amici Forever.

Speaking of the Show, IPC Media’s Marketing Manager, Richard Shead, said, “It’s been an exceptionally good Show. Subscriptions are up more than 30% across the titles, with Motor Boat & Yachting proving particularly strong.

It’s been great to see and meet a new audience, visitors have come to the Show as novices but clearly been so inspired they have gone home as readers.”

Fairline Boats’ Commercial Director, Stuart McCullough, agreed, “Fairline has enjoyed another great Show in Southampton this year, with lots of enthusiasm for the brand. We have seen a steady stream of orders throughout the Show and our new 48ft range has continued to prove especially popular with visitors.


Following on from a very successful Cannes Yachting Festival, we are delighted with the results we have seen.

The PSP Southampton Boat Show is an important event for us and the beautiful weather has made being here especially enjoyable this year.

We are now gearing up for the London Boat Show and looking forward to an exciting year ahead for Fairline.”

And, the Show was so good for high-volume French boat builder Beneteau that they have vowed to return to sister show, the London Boat Show at ExCeL, after a three year absence.

Jean Francois Lair, Beneteau Export Manager, said, “Over the last 10 days at Southampton, we have clearly noticed an uplift in the market.


The sales figures are up, and all our dealers are reporting a stronger interest compared to last year. In this improved market, we are pleased to announce that Beneteau will return to the London Boat Show in January 2015.

We will be strongly represented with all our different products: sailing yachts, outboard and inboard boats, including the MC5, 2014 European Boat of the Year.”





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