If you are interested in superyachts, you can find the new Princess 32m inside the hall at the ExCeL Centre, home of the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show. I found more 100-plus foot boats than ever this year on display. Sunseeker has a Predator of equal length at the top of their stand, overlooking the Sunseeker champagne bar.
But step outside for some fresh air and you’ll find the Used Boat Marina at the wharf, where you can board three more Sunseekers and an Oyster 82, floating with a few dozen other cruising boats.
Most of us haven't sold the farm or the business recently, so our eyes will eventually turn back to the dozens and dozens of less expensive options. They range from little river cruisers to Trophys, Bayliners, Sessas, Sea Rays, and a full range of Bavaria, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Sealine, and Fairline boats up to 50 feet and beyond. Here are 10 you might enjoy seeing at the show, which runs through 16 January, 2011.
9. Southerly 57 - See why this luxury performer had a successful debut at Southampton and also in Annapolis.
7. Beneteau Sense 43 - Pushing the envelope just like last season’s Sense 50, this broad-beamed monohull also comes optionally equipped with the same pod-drive Dock and Go maneuverability that allows the skipper to spin the boat in a circle under power.
2. J/111 - We wrote about the J/111 in the lead-up to the show. It's clean, simple, designed for speed, not inexpensive, but one of the most exciting new production sailboats we've seen in some time.
This list barely scratches the surface of what's available at the show. There's model-boat racing, an action-watersports pool, and an entire hall offering marine equipment and services of all types. It’s a great place to check out boats of all sizes and shapes.
Editor's Note: John Burnham is the editorial director of Dominion Marine Media.