16,250 visitors flock to Scotland’s Boat Show

Practical Boat Owner: Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 at Kip Marina, Inverclyde broke every previous attendance record, attracting more than 16,000 visitors.

 

A record-breaking 16,250 visitors flocked to Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 at Kip Marina, Inverclyde last weekend.

This marked an increase of nearly 1,800 visitors to the three-day event. Organisers of the UK’s third largest boat show said Saturday was the busiest ever day with approaching 7,500 visitors.

Practical Boat Owner magazine’s Project Boat Hantu Biru was among the show’s attractions, with members of the public invited to step aboard the fully-restored Snapdragon 23.

Anthony Layden of Buchlyvie said: ‘It’s awesome to see it in real life.’

Alan Rennie, of Inverkip, said: I’ve read every single article, I think she’s absolutely brilliant. She proves what you can do to bring back a really old boat. There have been really, really good stories, I’ve enjoyed it. What really gets me is a 30-year-old boat, sat in a yard and what you’ve done to tidy it up and bring it back to life.’

He added: ‘It’s an inspiration to us all.’

John and Pauline Langfield, from Preston, drove for four-and-a-half hours to see the PBO Project Boat and attend the show.

John said: ‘One of the reasons we came to the boat show was to have a look at Hantu Biru. I’m halfway through doing one of my own, a Sea Witch, 19ft. It’s our first proper little boat and we can’t wait to get her on the water.’

For the first time, the wheelchair-friendly Wheely Boat from Clycle Muirshiel offered free taster sessions at Scotland’s Boat Show.

Barbara Kinghorn, aged 90, enjoyed a trip on the Wheely Boat, along with her friends and carers from the Erskine care home in Bishopton, for former servicemen and women.

Show sponsors,RYA Scotland also offered Access Dinghy taster sessions, in conjunction with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which enabled many youngsters to enjoy their first trip on to the water.

Other attractions included a new Scottish Food & Drink Pavilion, complete with an indoor market showcasing everything from preserves and pickles to multi-award winning Gigha halibut and a theatre kitchen where guests could enjoy demonstrations and tastings of Scottish seafood, artisan chocolate making or the new Glen Etive Mhor 3 Scotch whisky.

Following the success of PBOs Ask the Experts LIVE! event at Beaulieu Boatjumble,we teamed up with the RYA Scotland to offer more expert talks during the show in the RYA Scotland Theatre thanks to Sika’sGareth Ross, International Paint’sKate Moss, CB Marine Servicessurveyor Colin Brown and Ocean Safety’sMichael Scott who provided liferaft amd lifejacket demonstrations.

Dave and Marion McKone, of Lancashire, enjoyed the Sika demonstration on sealants and he said: ‘It was very good. Educational. We know what we were doing wrong now. We try and do a job as cheap as possible as we don’t want to buy expensive primer. There were a lot of things we hadn’t thought about.’

Nigel Wardrop, of North Lanarkshire, attended the International Paint talk and said: ‘I learnt how to paint the top of the boat. Whether I can put it into practice I’m not sure. I was particularly interested in this talk.’

Keen dinghy sailor Alan Duffy, aged 14, was the volunteer for both Ocean Safety demonstrations and said: ‘It was excellent. I’ve seen a lifejacket inflate before – not my own, but not a liferaft. It was fantastic.’

His mum Marie MacDonald said: ‘It’s our first time at Scotland’s Boat Show, I think it’s excellent. It’s been very well organised, I can’t believe how big it is.’

Crowds gathered to watch acrobatic displays of Flyboarding. Also causing great interest on the water were the two Round the World Clippers ‘Clyde Challenger’ and a Clipper 68, where people could enter a competition to win a week’s training.

The show was officially opened by Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing. More than 90 boats were for sale at the event. Other highlights included stalls showcasing the latest marine equipment in the RYA Scotland Pavilion, plus luxury cars from Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati, Morgan and Porsche.

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