The PSP Southampton Boat Show got off to a flying start this morning with the launch of the Sealine F42

The show may not officially open until 11am but as anyone who’s ever attended on press day before knows, the Sealine

pontoon party marks the unofficial opening of the show.

This show’s do included the traditional prawns the size of gerbils, which were quaffed by press

and industry types as they tried to remember each other’s names.

This year there was a real buzz around the Sealine party as

it also acted as the official UK launch of the Sealine F42.

Sealine’s new MD, Chris O’Connor, said that the design of the F42 has been shaped by its customers’ boating habits, with an onus on social cruising.

Backed up by rave

reviews in the press, Sealine hopes this will do for its flybridge business

what the SC35 did for its sportscruiser one: make them sell like hot cakes.

Looking over its vast interior layout, complete with class-leading master and

guest cabins, we have no reason to think otherwise.

To read our first impressions of the F42, click here, or check out our gallery of exclusive photos.

Later today Fairline and Princess will try to steal back

some PR thunder with launch parties for the Squadron 42 and V52

respectively.