The 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, is Europe’s first boat show which started this year on January 12’th and will end on January 20’th. I just initiated this category, as something on the niche, but approaching the yachts world on a voyeuristic way. There are hundreds of companies which exposed there, and you may find a list completely with their websites links, on the Show’s webpage. Some of the novelties are: Princess 52, Sunseeker San Remo, Sunseeker Predator 68, Antaris Sixty6, Haines 32 Sedan, Topaz Argo, Oyster 625, Oceanmaster 630 WA, Intercruiser 31.
For the first time at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show they will be featuring invited boats for display only to the Show, on a designated 500m dock edge out on the Marina or on designated stands inside the Show. You will find boats that have been invited to be exhibit because they are of historical interest, have achieved popularity or won races or awards. They might be for charity or be ecological or help another worthy cause or they might just simply look impressive. You may see as featured boats so far:
- James Stephens 14 – former sailing lifeboat, which was the second Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat to be stationed at Walton-on-the-Naze in north-east Essex. She was one of 20 vessels paid for out of a £50,000 legacy left by Birmingham businessman, James Stevens, after whom all 20 were named. A 43’ Norfolk & Suffolk class pulling and sailing type, she was built at Thames Ironworks in 1899/1900 at a cost of £1420.
- Sarah – Challenger 72 – joined the Trust in 2008 & 2009 from Challenge Business where they took part in the BT Global Challenge & the Global Challenge. Sailing around the world twice “the wrong way” and the event claimed the motto “The World’s Toughest Yacht Race”.
The fleet of four is now used by the Tall Ships Youth Trust for “The Ultimate Sail Training Experience”. Although focused on young people between the ages of 12-25, the Trust also offers exciting adult voyages for anyone up to the age of 80 visiting a range of destinations including the UK, Caribbean, the Azores and the Canary Islands.
- Corribee 20 – Mingming I.
Roger Taylor’s modest 20ft Corribee, Mingming I, will be displayed with its junk rigged sail to show visitors what a small yacht can really achieve. Roger has completed 20,000 miles in six years aboard Mingming I with his travels taking him all over including a vast amount of the arctic region. More of it, here.
- Nicholson 38 – Nutmeg.
Nutmeg was bought in a neglected state in NW Scotland and brought on a lorry to Chichester harbour, where an extensive refit was carried out by Ollie. In 2008, Sarah, Ollie, Emilia (4) and Jemima (2) set off on a year’s adventure, and cruised south via France, Spain, Portugal, Madeira to the Canaries, where Nutmeg joined the ARC and made the Atlantic crossing to St Lucia. Despite being the 5th smallest and 9th oldest boat in the 225-strong ARC fleet, Nutmeg finished 3rd in the cruising division and finished amongst boats 10ft longer than her! After four idyllic months cruising the Windward and Leeward Isles, Nutmeg then returned to the UK via the Azores. You can follow their Atlantic adventure, here.
One of the Show’s product attraction, still is the new Princess 52.
Princess Yachts, will be soon presented on this blog.
The 2013 London Boat Show, hosted at London’s ExCel exhibition center, hosts nearly 500 exhibitors and over a thousand vessels, with a combined value of over $240 millions.
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