We were delighted to welcome over 60 of the marine industry’s most exciting and innovative sail and power boats to Ocean Village Marina last weekend for the first South Coast Boat Show. It was an amazing sight having so many major global brands represented on the water, in our stunning five-star marina.
Organised by a consortium of south coast dealers, Ocean Village Marina was chosen as the location, with its deep-water, access at all states of the tide, stunning backdrop of the luxury Harbour Hotel and superyachts berthed in the background.
Scott Farquharson, MDL’s Ocean Village Marina manager, who helped to organise the event, was delighted with its success.
“The objective of this show was to make it all about the boats,” he says. “We wanted visitors to have the time and space to access a high-quality range of boats up close, and to have in-depth conversations about their requirements without being bustled along. It was perfect. We enjoyed a fantastic mix of power, sail and cats on display. Plus, Prolific (Ocean Youth Trust, South’s sail training yacht) was there, welcoming people on board to talk about the brilliant work they do with young adults, and serving bacon rolls for a charitable donation.”
Plans are already afoot for next year’s event.
“We need something like this in the diary,” Scott continues, “There are a lot of shows springing up around the country to help fill the gap in national events. This one is for those looking to make a serious investment in a global brand. We’re already welcoming expressions of interest from existing, and new, exhibitors.”
This is underpinned by one of the consortium organisers.
“The feedback has been amazing,” says Will Blair, from Ancasta International Boat Sales. “It’s definitely a buyers’ show with space given to really compare and contrast between brands and models. All visitors seemed to enjoy the access they had to the broad range of product and information from the dealers that were on hand.”
As the five-star gateway to the Solent, Ocean Village Marina was the perfect setting for brands which included:
Arcona Yachts, Axopar London Group, Bavaria, Beneteau power and sail, BRIG RIBs, Broadblue England and R400, Chaparral Boats, Dazcat, Dehler, Dragonfly, Dufour Yachts, Elan, Ferretti Yachts, FinnMaster, Fountaine Pajot, Galeon, Galia, Grand, Greenline Yachts, Hallberg-Rassy, Hanse, J-Boats, Jeanneau power and sail, Lagoon Catamarans, MAREX, Marlin, Najad Yachts,Nautitech Catamarans, Nimbus Boats, Nord Star, Numarine, Ocqueteau, Parker Boats, Rapier Catamarans, Sargo, Sasga Yachts, Seaward, Spectre Boats Int, Stingher, Targa and X-Yachts.