Well its almost here the Southampton Boat Show 2009.
Its set to be one of the best and for the visitor there is a host of things to do on the day.
Doors open from 11th to 20th September and a fantastic array of small to large sports boats will be on show both on and off the water.
From popular sports boat manufacturers such as Fletcher and Sealine to the millionaire play toys from Princess and Sunseeker.
The launch of the Sunseeker Predator 130 is set to steal the show but for many it will be a chance get on board some of these amazing vessels and see first hand how beautiful they are.
To find out what’s on and how you and the family can enjoy a great day out click on the link below:
Be sure to take video’s and picture’s on the day and share them will us on World Sports Boats.
Looks like Crownline boats could be saved after all.
The US manufacturer of sports boats and cruisers has stumbled on bad times in recent months but now looks like it could be saved and given a much needed boost to get the business going again from new owner.
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The Searay 230 Sundancer captures the real essence of today’s modern sports boats. You won’t find another sports boat package that comes as complete and as ready to go as the 230 from Searay.
The 230 has all the characteristics you would expect from this leading manufacturer, easy to drive, maintain, and afford. In addition you will benefit from a range of comforts that has made the Searay sports cruiser series so popular world wide.
The 230 offers a traditional V-berth and a mid-stateroom offering accommodation for 4 person if required so perfect for a weekender, with 4 onboard for a weekend the 230 also offers a well thought out galley made from Cherry, cognac or maple wood-finish to give a warm harmonious feeling to the light coloured cabin furnishings.
A stainless steel head, full fibreglass shower and curtain, portable mirror vanity w/Sink, Faucet w/Pullout supported with and optional extra called the overnight package that includes air conditioning, shore power, water heater and more. The 230 Sundancer engine options come from Mercruiser or Yanmar, our choice would be the Mercruiser 350 Magnum MPI Bravo III set up producing 300 HP and pushing the 230 on to a very respectable and exhilarating top speed of 40 plus knots.
The helm console is highlighted by a black coral dash panel and SmartCraft® instrumentation with built-in engine diagnostics and all the usual array of equipment you’d expect on a craft of this size plus the option of a fitted Navman chart plotter system if required. Step away from the helm position and you will find yourself within an entertaining cockpit design with designated conversation area and portside lounger.
The Sea Ray 230 Sundancer presses all the right buttons for a perfect weekend sports boat and of course is a great boat to have lots of fun with.
See the Sea Ray 230 in video action at
Established in 1957, Bayliner boats has been producing sports boats for over 50 years and to ensure they will be continuing for a further 50 years, Bayliner’s extensive range covers the needs of all sports boats enthusiasts.
The innovative Bayliner 245 is a true example of why Bayliner is such a popular brand and packs all the right ingredients needed to make a great sports boat.
Check the 245 in video action at
The grand entrance of the Sunseeker Predator 130 super yacht is set to be a spectacle at this years Southampton Boat show.
Set to steal the show the beautiful Predator 130 is a testament to Sunseeker’s endless search of perfection in its sports yachts however this time they have broken the mould to produce a 126 footer super yacht with the ability to travel long distances and at speed.
Built on a 3 deck platform the Predator 130 will provide customers with a range of individual customised options to ensure their Predator is like no other.
The Predator 130 can provide ample space for 10 guests and 8 crew members and has the ability to cruise for long periods of time however she is no couch potato either the predator figures are eye opening.
The Predator 130 can be powered by 3 engine options form MTU,
Option 1 2 x MTU 12v 4000 M93 (3140bhp/2340kw) on shafts
Option 2 2 x MTU 12v 4000 M93l (3460bhp/2580kw) on shafts
Option 3 2 x MTU 16v 4000 M93 (4185bhp/3120kw) on shafts
Our choice would be engine option 3, giving the Predator 130 a mouth watering 42 knot top speed and that’s from a super yacht 126ft in length!
The Predator 130 makes a bold statement she is palatial in scale and matchless in performance and her design from the outside will have onlookers in ore.
Sunseeker’s very heritage in boat building can be seen within the design and function of the Predator 130 equally the use of cutting edge technologies and practices ensure that Sunseeker stays ahead of the field in boat design and build.
Check out the Predator owners video at www.worldsportsboats.ning.com
Birchwood, a name that has been around for sometime in the UK and many will associate the Birchwood sports cruiser ranges with the aft cabin design which feature in many of there TS versions.
Here we have the Birchwood 390, a sleek modern design from Birchwood, shredding the past heavy waste line design in favour for a more agile, sporty look. The 390 has everything you would expect from a modern sports boat but has it got what it takes to play with the big boys in this market?
Birchwood havent experienced the success of Sunseeker or Princess of past but with designs such as the 390 and clever targeting Birchwood could starting making headway once again. The quality aspect of the interiors good quality with a nice fit and finish, there are various options to individualise your birchwood from interior fabrics to wood finish.
|Water Capacity||320 l.|
|Fuel Capacity||1,200 l.|
|Engines||2 x Volvo D4 260HP; or
2 x Volvo D4 300HP; or
2 x Yanmar 6BY-260Z/260HP; or
2 x Yanmar 6LPA-STZP/315HP
|Max speed||29 knots at 2900rpm|
|Cruising Speed||24 knots at 2400rpm|
It would be great to see Birchwood making way again and their small but focused range is worth a look if your considering a sports boat upto 50ft.
Check out Birchwood at
The Predator 74 has the option to include a sports fly bridge with a dual helm. Sunseeker provides a semi-custom approach to the Predator 74 as seen on all the Predator range, allowing for a number of optional changes to the design.
As with many sports yachts in this size bracket, the customer can model the interior of the boat and to some extent the exterior to their own individual taste.
As you would expect the latest design technologies and building techniques have been employed throughout the predator 74, there is a large aft garage that comes as standard, providing space for a choice of smaller craft and even the option to have a fully bespoke dive facility platform. The customer can also choose to include a twin crew cabin at the stern, without losing the garage space if so required.
The main deck space is plentiful with a large saloon and aft cockpit area, ideal for entertaining during those summer evenings. Enjoying the state-of-the-art digital sound and TV systems situated within the seductive dining area complimented perfectly by the upmarket lounge, together creating that perfect tranquil environment we have come to know from Sunseeker
The accommodation has multiple choices available to the customer. A standard layout can be with a full-beam master stateroom with large en-suite, a twin cabin to starboard and VIP stateroom forward both with en-suite facilities. There is a large fully equipped galley to port incorporating a range of high-quality appliances and a separate seating/dining area which has the option of becoming a separate Pullman cabin with twin berths if required.
As you would expect the Predator 74 can be married up with a range of engines from Man, MTU or Caterpillar our ones to watch would be the 2 Man 1800PS which would give the Predator 74 a top speed in excess of 40 Knots and a range of approximately 380Nm.
With space for 8 guests and 2 crew the Sunseeker 74 Predator is certain to be on your list if you’re in the market for a 60ft to 80ft Sports Cruiser.
Watch the Predator in action below