21 Oct 2013

Boating World’s Greg had the privilege of working on at the Southampton Boat Show for a whole week recently (September 13th – 22nd) where he spent invaluable hours in training with Fairline Boats and experiencing boating on a global scale.

He was one of many dealer representatives from around the world who went over to man Fairline’s amazing on-water stand and to learn about the British manufacturers great new products. This was also the perfect opportunity to meet clients and network with dealers while further broadening Boating World’s access to pre-owned luxury cruisers.

Around 600 exhibitors from 22 countries presented their top-quality boats and related accessories on the water and indoors with hundreds of visitors looking for new products. Fairline pulled out all the stops with two debut entries this year – the Targa 48 and the Squadron 48 – both of which are impressive middle of the range options.

Derrick and Suzanne joined Greg for a couple of days to decipher trends and enjoy the generally positive mood in the global market. They concur that the Southampton Show is an excellent showcase for British manufactured boats with good sales being reported. Among them two Squadron 78 models were sold.

Then it was on to France’s premier boat show at Cannes where Riviera, Fairline and Sunreef craft proudly lined up alongside umpteen beautiful boats from medium to large manufacturers from around the world including Italy, Britain, Australia, France, China and many more.

Derrick says each visit to this spectacular show seems better than the last with the sheer volume of stunning craft on display making it even more impressive than ever. Over 500 Sailing Yachts, Cruisers and Super Yachts (over 100-footers) were shown off to perfection in their own specially demarcated areas.

Fairline was honored with an award for the Targa 62 sports cruiser being the best laid out boat on show. Judges were hugely impressed with her striking good looks featuring a retractable roof creating a totally social al fresco environment. Her big attraction lies in the large, open cockpit that features a J-shaped seating and dining area sitting ahead of a luxuriously large sunpad. In addition the large bathing platform features a hydraulic hi-lo system - a first for the Targa range.

Derrick and Suzanne also met with Riviera Australia’s owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst and Chris McCafferty (USA), Riviera Factory Sales Director. Riviera’s stunning floating display featured an impressive line-up of  popular models including the 5800 Sport Yacht, 4400 Sport Yacht, 45 Open Flybridge and the 43 Open Flybridge.  The magnificent Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht made her European debut to great acclaim.

They also attended Sunreef’s cocktail party on the Friday night where they saw the beautiful new 90-footer. The Sunreef 90 ULTIMATE is a sailing eco-oriented, ultra-modern superyacht which wowed everyone fortunate enough to climb aboard.