The 2023 South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show gets underway

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Don’t miss the 2023 South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show, back this year from 21-23 April at Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina and boasting an impressive line-up of global power, sail and electric boating brands. 

“The 2023 show has the most extensive line-up of boats we’ve ever had, not just in terms of numbers, but diversity too from small inflatable tenders to large aluminium explorer yachts,” says Tim Mayer, MDL’s Sales and Marketing Director and show organiser.

“With such an extensive range of electric boats and innovative technology supporting greener boating being showcased alongside the world’s leading boating brands, it’s clear to see that sustainable boating is no longer a separate conversation.”

Several new to the market sailing yachts make their debut at the show, including the electric Arcona 435 Mk II from SE Yachts. Equipped with an Oceanvolt ServoProp 15 electric propulsion system, the Arcona 435 Mk II’s 15kW electric motor is the equivalent of a 30hp diesel engine on a similar sized yacht.

“The Arcona 435 Mk II averages over eight knots which is fast for a 45-foot yacht,” says Alasdair Marshall, Director of SE Yachts.  “A higher performance monohull, like those in the Arcona performance cruiser fleet, is a huge advantage when sailing with electric propulsion as it sails well, even in light winds, and will start charging your battery through hydrogeneration sooner.”

The Arcona 435 Mk II / Photo: MAA

The show sees an impressive turn out of multihulls, including the award-winning Dragonfly 28, on display in the marina on berth 13. Offering a 20 knot plus performance this trailerable, foldable, five berth family sport cruiser is available in both touring and performance versions.

In the motorboats category, the Clara Boat, an innovative, new, low emissions open launch from celebrated designer Nigel Irens is available for visitors to view on marina berth 6.  

“I have spent most of my life designing high-performance racing yachts, but since 2003 I have also been absorbed by the exciting development of a succession of unusual motor launches, which is represented here at the show in the form of our production-built eight-metre launch under the name of Clara Boat,” explains Nigel.

Optima Electric Yachts is launching its first 100% electric boat at the South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show – a 10-metre luxury dayboat/weekender. The ultra-efficient, low resistance hull form benefits from a significantly reduced energy consumption to provide a range of up to 200NM, along with reduced charging requirements and comfortable sea keeping. 

Chloe Kendall, Optima’s Commercial Director, comments: “Our first 10m boat has a double cabin, separate heads, extensive galley and social areas, with seating for up to 10 people around a large cockpit table. The removal of the conventional engine room creates a large garage for storing dinghy, outboard, fenders and accessories such as SUPs and foiling boards.”

Archipelago Yachts / Photo: MAA

With a variety of propulsion methods available, including hybrid and electric, the 14.5-metre ocean-capable Archipelago 47 explorer catamaran will be available to view throughout the show on marina berth 10.

Aiming to build the first long-distance, zero-carbon leisure vessel on the market by using methanol reforming technology, the team from Archipelago Yachts will also be introducing its initial designs for a 63 ft (19m) explorer vessel, the Archipelago e63, made from aluminium and designed to have transoceanic range, using methanol alone.

Providing a more sustainable way for people to work and play on the water, RS Electric Boats is exhibiting its Pulse 63. This 100% electric RIB uses emissions free propulsion and is made in the UK using sustainable materials. Designed around the electric drive and associated battery pack, the working space in the cockpit is optimal and the hull shape contributes to the range of the boat (45nm at 15 knots), with a top speed of 23 knots.

Built by craftsmen, the Nelson 18 from Nelson Motor Yachts offers an eco-friendly alternative to harbour, estuary and river launches. With the option of electric, hybrid or diesel propulsion, this stable, long keel craft has excellent seakeeping abilities and is fun and easy to handle.

Nelson 18 / Photo: MAA

Silent Yachting will be presenting Remigo electric outboards, hot on the heels of the RemigoOne winning a Green Product Award (motion category). Bluewater marine equipment specialist, Mactra Marine will be launching the Power UP range of hydrogen generators. New to the UK market, the Power UP range offers user-friendly electrical power sources, providing entirely green electricity, with models producing 200W, 400W and 1kW to revolutionise how power is generated on yachts and ocean rowing boats.

Developed in response to a strong demand for complete and efficient power solutions for low-powered recreational craft, the Fischer Panda ePanda Series 8.0 with a new 5kW electric shaft drive will also be making its UK debut at the show.

“Fischer Panda UK is really excited to be able to offer this new power solution to the UK leisure market,” says Chris Fower, Sales & Marketing Director at Fischer Panda UK. “This new series is derived from many years of experience producing commercially graded electric motors, and demand for our hybrid solutions will be a driver of more eco-friendly, efficient technology for the leisure market in the future from us.” 

Sail maker and designer, Onesails will be showcasing its 4T FORTE™ composite sails, the first ‘green sails’ on the market. The membranes, made from exclusive Multi Micro Structure (MMS™) technology, and their assembly have been engineered for the highest standards in terms of environmental impact and recyclable options. Glues, resins and solvents have been replaced by heat fusion and the base polymer is 100% recyclable in a standard waste separation process. To find out more, visit the team on shoreside stand 29.

Photo: MAA

Tickets to the South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show are free and can be booked via Appointments to view specific boats or meet with the individual exhibitors can also be arranged via a booking portal on the website.

For a full list of confirmed exhibitors to the South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show 2023 visit: