Number of visitors to boat show up 2% over last year to 111,963
As the sun shone down on the last evening of the PSP Southampton Boat Show, organisers were left to celebrate a increase in attendance over last year, bucking a trend seen at most other major European shows.
Over the ten days of the event, 111,963 visitors came through the gates, up 2% on last year’s figure, despite some changeable autumn weather that saw a number of torrential downpours over the course of the show.
More than 120 boats made their debuts at Southampton, with the number of exhibitors totalling more than 600, representing 22 countries around the word.Murray Ellis, MD of show organiser National Boat Shows, said: “This year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show has been another world-class event. Visitors have enjoyed their day out with us and a good number have taken the opportunity to try different types of boating and watersports”.
“Seeing marine businesses making sales here confirms this show as a strong selling platform; people visit our Southampton show to buy boats and this has been very evident this year.”This is reflected in exhibitor comments from the show. Ashley Overton, sales director of boat dealer Ancasta, said: “Not only is there a feel-good factor, but after several years people are putting hands in their pockets and spending money.
“Sales have been good; we’re up on last year, on both power and sail boats”, Ian Braham, head of finance house Lombard, meanwhile, said marine finance enquiries at the show were up 10% compared to last year, and that business in the first six months of the year was up a significant 26% over the first half of 2012.
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was among those present at the 2013 Southampton Boat Show.
Thousands of boats are on display at the 10-day event, which is in its 45th year.
Mr Hammond described the boats as “dreams… and for 99.99% of us they will remain forever so”.
Barclays Jersey Boat Show kick-starts run of free-to-enter events
The sixth Barclays Jersey Boat Show kicks off next weekend (4-6 May), signalling the start of a run of free, boutique boat shows on this spring.
The three-day event has been growing in popularity with each edition and last year attracted 30,000 people to St Helier Marina.
Confirmed exhibitors include Fairline, Sunseeker, Beneteau and Channel Islands boatbuilder Aquastar.
The following weekend, 11-12 May, the action moves to Poole Harbour for the Sandbanks Boat Show, another free-to-enter event that has rapidly become a fixture on the early season calendar.
Based at Salterns Marina, visitors will be able to see motor boats from all the leading British brands, but also craft from non-UK yards like Beneteau, Jeanneau, Chris-Craft and Rodman.
This show is being put together by the leading dealers of Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline and will have 15 new boats on display, five from each yard.
Princess Motor Yacht Sales is using the event to showcase the new Princess V48 for the first time. The company will also be showing the V42, V72, Princess 64 and Princess 72.
Sunseeker Southampton will have the Predator 53, Manhattan 63, Predator 68 Predator 80 and Sam Remo on display.
Fairline Southampton, meanwhile, will be exhibiting the Squadron 42, Targa 50GT, Squadron 60, Squadron 65 and Squadron 78.
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