28 Dec 2012

What’s in store for boaters in 2013? Turn your eyes to London and join thousands of excited boaters worldwide - all eagerly anticipating the latest and greatest in boating in the New Year. You will not be disappointed as manufacturers and exhibitors present their finest at the annual Tullett Prebon London Boat Show - taking place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th January.

Derrick Levy says this popular show, being held at ExCel London (right in the heart of the city), is the first in the European boat show season and is well worth a visit – any clients who are interested in attending should contact Boating World.

The whole of Excel London’s South Hall will be transformed into boater’s paradise - showcasing the latest in marine innovation, design and technology and spilling out to the dockside where more boats and attractions will be displayed on the water and in the Used Boats Marina.

Visitors will find a feast of boats and activities to suit all interests from the Starter Boat and dinghy areas, to small boats, power boats, motoryachts and not forgetting the designated spots for holiday destinations, boats for charter, marinas and sea schools and much more.

Big boat lovers will be in awe of the many stunning luxury craft on show in the hall including superyachts, weighing upwards of 70 tonnes and costing up to £2.4million,

London-based manufacturer Fairline intends to take 2013 by storm, showing off a wide selection of luxury sports cruisers and motor yachts from their famous Targa and Squadron ranges. These awesome craft which include the stunning Targa 38, 50 and 62 GRAN TURISMO models and the Squadron 42, 50, 60, 65 and Squadron 78 are simply breathtaking – and will stop visitors in their tracks.

There’s something heady about skimming along the water with the wind blowing your hair back and if you need a thrill look no further than Fairline’s sexy sports cruiser – the Targa 38.  Although the smallest in the range the 38 is every bit as stylish as her larger siblings offering more luxury accommodation and practical features than any other sports cruiser in its class. Oodles of features, quality and engineering have secured her numerous European awards, including Motorboat of the Year.

If you don’t like being cooped up then the Fairline Targa 50GT is for you! Sweeping panoramic windows, a smooth-sliding roof open up the Targa 50GT flooding her with light and airiness and huge open-plan living areas with a well-positioned aft galley, create a great al fresco-style atmosphere.

Perhaps the stunning Squadron 78 CUSTOM will match your penchant for relaxing and entertaining on a grand scale. The huge and commanding flybridge, extensive saloon and upper deck areas can hold a crowd of family and friends. 6 – 13 people can also spend the night in style in luxurious private accommodation.

While inspecting the many boat exhibits will occupy much of your time – there are numerous activities on the go throughout the day to hold the attention of the whole family.

You can all test your marine skills against friends and family in the interactive pools. Try out the canoeing and kayaking in the main pool but if you don't fancy getting wet then have a go on rowing and kayaking simulators!

Or you can get active with on-water model boats - with a fleet of radio controlled racing yachts competing against each other. There’s even a pool dedicated for children to 'make & create' a watercraft and where they can try it out on the water.

Over the last three days you can enjoy the Fine Art Sails where ten Star class keelboats will take to the waters to race in the introductory CNM Estates UK Star Championships - with each mainsail completely covered in artwork by international fine artists. Over 18 renowned Olympic and World champion sailors, boasting up to 10 Olympic medals among them will be taking part in the regatta.

Whether you’re there just to dream and soak up the atmosphere or seriously in the market for a beautiful new power boat or yacht – don’t miss the London Boat Show - there’s something for everyone!