Scotland Boat Show reports 10% rise in visitors

Motorboat & Yachting: Scotland Boat Show last weekend at Kip Marina brought in more than 13,000 visitors and saw a 10% rise in visitors.

 

The 2014 Scotland Boat Show enjoyed a 10% increase in visitors, with the grand total in excess of 13,000, it has been confirmed. The three-day event at Kip Marina, which ran from 10-12 October, featured RIB and dinghy taster sessions in association with Seatech training and RYA Scotland, respectively. Other attractions included fresh local produce, a range of classic cars and a flyboarding demonstration on the water.

Key exhibitors included Sunseeker Scotland, who brought a San Remo across from Loch Lomond, and Broom Boats, who travelled from Norfolk to make their Scotland Boat Show debut with two models displayed.

Kip Marina brokerage Michael Schmidt & Partner reported that 80% of those who booked a viewing at the show we’re newcomers to the market. And the first sale of the weekend was recorded at 10:30am on the Friday morning, when a Hanse 325 sailing yacht was sold for £90,000.

Show organiser Kevin Blumire told MBY that the local market for powerboats is on the rise. He adds that 75% of exhibitors have already expressed an interest in attending the 2015 show, which will be expanded to include a fourth pavilion, dedicated to food and drink.

This year’s Scotland Boat Show was tied in with the Scotland Homecoming campaign, which celebrated a busy summer for Scottish tourism, with both the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup hosted north of the border. And Kevin believes that this had a positive impact on visitor numbers at the show, with visitors flocking from further afield than ever before, including a record Irish contingent.

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