Southampton Boat Show 2002 New Boat Spotlight
Princess V46 and V58
Princess Yachts have unveiled two new models into their V range, the V58 and V46, bolstering a line that runs from 42ft to 65ft. New features include the optional automated hardtop: a button will open or close an overhead panel to provide either sun or shelter.
The V58 offers a three-cabin layout, with two ?staterooms? and a further twin-bunk guest cabin. The V46 offers just the two staterooms, each with a separate shower stall.
Princess promise that these are ?driver?s boats?, with deep-vee hulls, four-bladed propellers and high-speed rudders. Power options for the V46 come from Volvo Penta?s TAMD74 series, giving speeds of around 30-35 knots. The V58 comes with diesels from Volvo or MAN, giving up to 40 knots.
Enquiries Princess Yachts.
Tel: 01604 890559.
Aiming to combine the excitement of a sportscruiser with the all-weather capability of a flybridge boat, the C39 boasts two novelties. As their first ?hardtop? model, it features an electrically operated reinforced glass sunroof, allowing you to alternate between a fully enclosed wheelhouse and a wind-in-the-hair cockpit, as the weather permits.
And its propulsion system also treads new ground, with performance-enhancing surface-drives as an optional alternative to traditional sterndrives. You can choose between Arneson drives or a new fixed surface-drive based on Fabio Buzzi?s Trimax system.
Speeds are quoted as up to 36 knots with sterndrives and around 42-45 knots with surface-drives. The diesel engines come from Cummins, Mercruiser or Volvo Penta.
The C39 also boasts one of Sealine?s extending cockpits, providing additional socialising space on the aft deck. Down below, there are two ?staterooms?, each with a shower compartment.
Sealine are showing three-cabin versions of the T47 and F42/5 flybridge cruisers, plus a new open-cockpit sportscruiser, the S42.
Enquiries Sealine International.
Tel: 01489 885115.
Fairline?s new flagship, the Squadron 74, three years in development and some 10ft longer and 10 tons heavier than any previous model, looks to quench the demand of existing owners wanting to upgrade.
Accommodation comes in a three or four-cabin layout including a master suite with his and hers dressing rooms. Elsewhere, a saloon, a separate dining area and a fine wood cocktail bar are laid on.
Outside socialising is catered for by way of a three-section flybridge which includes a dining area and a mini galley. The helm area itself has seating for eight. Engine installations are twin 1400hp or twin 1500hp diesels, and prices start at around £1.7m inc VAT.
Enquiries Fairline Boats.
Tel: 01243 511381.
Guernsey-based Aqua-Star, best known for their range of pilot-boat style craft, are exhibiting a new 74-footer.
The ship-like Explorer 74 offers a fully custom-built interior, laid out to a buyer?s own specifications, and should make in excess of 20 knots when all of its 1620hp is called upon. You get a choice of white or blue hull colour.
Tel: 01481 244550.
Broom are exhibiting their latest offering, the 450 OS, an aft-cabin cruiser which offers accommodation for six people in three separate cabins, including an aft ?stateroom?.
The aft deck encompasses a sheltered helm position as well as a roomy social area.
Enquiries C J Broom.
Tel: 01603 712334.
Swordsman Marine have unveiled a new 40ft cruiser.
Like its 37ft sister, the Swordsman 40 is based on the Fairey Dagger hull, although this time the Dagger?s full mould length is being used.
The new boat?s cockpit benefits most from the extra room, as the saloon and aft-cabin remain similar. Storage is also increased, with space for extras such as a generator or air-conditioning.
Several engine options will be available, including a pair of the new electronically managed Caterpillar 3126B diesels.
Enquiries Swordsman Marine.
Tel: 023 8045 7704.
First launched two years ago, Linssen Yachts? 450 DS has made its reappearance at Southampton with a completely redesigned interior layout.
Linssen?s managing director, Jos Linssen, recently picked up a prestigious Editors? Choice Award at the Miami Boat Show, and the 450?s array of hydraulic systems, including transom, helm seat and dinette, may have had something to do with it.
Enquiries Linssen GB Yacht Sales.
Tel: 01202 825086.