Organisers and exhibitors at the first Hamble Point Boat Show are celebrating after the event attracted more than 1200 people last weekend. The free show marked the start of the sailing season and brought together boaters, exhibitors and families.
As well as hundreds of new and second hand boats and specialist marine products on display at the three-day show, there were plenty of activities for visitors. These included a tug of war competition, RIB rides, kayak water polo, a special flyover from the coastguard helicopter, and sea safety demonstrations from the RNLI.
Fiona Williams, Communications Supervisor at Plymouth-based Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, said: “We were very impressed with the turnout given that this was the first big show on Hamble Point Marina, and it compared really well to others we have attended in other parts of the country. We had some quality leads and are looking forward to next year’s show.”
Peter Thomas, Sales Director at Inspiration Marine Group, which had a number of boats on display, said: “We were really delighted with the turnout and the level of interest from potential customers. It was also good to see so many of the big boating names there. What really struck me and my colleagues was how well the event was put together and what a good showcase it is for Hamble Point Marina.”
Leading brands at the show included Sealine, Dehler, Hanse, Nordhavn Yachts, Azimut and Beneteau, with visitors enjoying accompanied viewings, sea trials and boat maintenance workshops.
Andy Cunningham, Group Brokerage Manager at yacht brokers Michael Schmidt & Partner, said: “The organisers put in their all, and the boat show did what it set out to do - people were inspired and business was done.”
Neil Salter, Hamble Point Marina Manager, said: “We were delighted to attract so many people, with some travelling as far as Wales to join us. The feedback from visitors, exhibitors and tenants of the marina has been really positive, and we have lots of ideas to build on this success for next year’s show. The event is fast becoming a key feature of the boat show calendar and a great family day out on the south coast.”
If you’re looking for a great day out this spring, don’t forget to pay a visit to one of the south’s premier new and used boat shows this May, with the Hamble Boat Show taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May. Located at Hamble Point Marina, this year’s show is set to be a great weekend of on and off the water activities with a huge range of boats on display.
The always-popular free family event will feature over 250 new and used boats for sale, with a great selection on show ranging from day boats to sports boats, cruisers and RIBs to suit a wide range of budgets. Visitors can take advantage of the wide range of products available from some of the UK’s leading marine companies, as well as speaking to expert brokers and finding out more about the other marine services available on-site before retiring to the Ketch Rigger restaurant and bar for some much-needed refreshment.
Visitors will also be treated to on-water displays, practical workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme and dry stack demonstrations, as well as family entertainment for younger visitors.
Entry to and car parking at the show are both completely free.
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
Be sure to call us for a berth for the night before and the day of the race:
Beaulieu Boatjumble has 1000 stands of boating bits, new trailerable boats, dinghies, equipment and craft from classics to nearly new. With thousands of new and used boating bargains, it makes for an unmissable event for all sailors. NEW FOR 2014: Walkabout Auction and Display Arena showcasing demonstrations, displays and interactive activities for children and adults. This is all set in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu in the New Forest, Hampshire and admission includes entrance to the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, and World of Top Gear.