September 21 2015
Derek Jarman reports on the Southampton Boat Show 2015. The top three brands in the UK: Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline all reporting good sales. Also of interest was a report from Nordhavn, saying that brokerage sales were set to 'double' for the year. Linssen another company growing strongly in popularity.
As the 2015 Southampton Boat Show drew to a close yesterday (Sunday 20 September), over 110,000 people had enjoyed a taste of Britain's biggest boating festival. The show saw 23 boats make their world debut and over 330 of the world's leading sailboats and high performance powerboats on the water.
"Sales have been excellent this year" There has been an exuberant atmosphere, once again confirming the Southampton Boat Show as one of the leading Boat Shows in the world."
Sunseeker International, Sales Director, Sean Robertson: "We've enjoyed an excellent Southampton Boat Show this year with over £35m of confirmed orders and several more in the pipeline.
We were particularly proud to celebrate a huge landmark for the business at this year's Show - the delivery of our 100th yacht in the 100ft+ category. This achievement marks a significant milestone and a real coming of age for Sunseeker, and we're looking forward to launching several new larger models over the coming months for which we've already received several confirmed retail orders.
Overall it's very encouraging to see so much confidence within the UK boating industry, and with our current order book for 2016 up 70% year on year, we're excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
Princess Yachts, Marketing Director, Kiran Haslam: "We saw a lot of people at this year's event. There was a genuine enthusiasm from visitors towards the entire event, and we have seen a positive impact on our order book, too.
Fairline Boats, Sales and Marketing Director, Douglas Culverwell: "We were delighted to host the world premiere of the Targe 53GT at the Southampton Boat Show, which is the corner stone in our busy boat show calendar. It was a natual fit, for us as a British boat builder, to launch at our home show.
We were very pleased with the positive comments from the media, our dealers and customers alike which have resulted in worldwide publicity and interest for our new Targa 53GT.
For more informationation visit: www.southamptonboatshow.com