Motorboat & Yachting: The 2015 London Boat Show has recorded a 4% rise in visitor numbers, reversing a four-year trend of falling attendance.

 

The 2015 London Boat Show saw a rise in attendance for the first time in four years, show organisers are reporting. The Excel Centre event welcomed 92,288 visitors over ten days, making for a 4% increase over 2014’s figure of 88,593.

Bringing back the press preview day (Friday 9 January) proved a popular move, with large crowds flocking to the London Boat Show to see special guest Nicole Scherzinger launch the Sunseeker Predator 57.

Other key boat launches that took place at the show included the Fairline Shadow S and the Jeanneau Velasco 37F. Meanwhile industry giant Beneteau made its comeback after a four-year absence.

Murray Ellis, managing director of the CWM FX London Boat Show said: “Visitor feedback has been really positive, there’s been positive energy creating a fantastic atmosphere which has contributed to good sales.”

New features, old favourites
New attractions, such as an interactive wall of rain and an immersive 4D theatre experience, added to the appeal of this year’s event. Meanwhile, an old favourite, the Watersports Pool, attracted more than 1,000 visitors.

Visitors to the MBY stand were broadly positive in their feedback, with Aquastar owner Gavin Green praising what the organisers have done with the Excel Centre this year.

“It’s a 21st century venue; it’s light and airy, and you can see all the boats – it’s a nice day out, and I’m converted to it.”

“Everybody lamented when it left Earls Court [in 2004], and said it’d lost it’s charm, but actually I think the world’s moved on, and with the internet, you don’t need to go to the boat show to buy pieces of string, as per the old days.”

Next year’s London Boat Show will take place at the Excel Centre from 8-17 January 2016.

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Practical Boat Owner: The ‘rain curtain’ at the London Boat Show entrance proved to be more of a trickle than a downpour but exhibitors and visitors were feeling positive after the opening day.

Practical Boat Owner: Positive start to the revamped London Boat Show – Credit: Laura Hodgetts

The 10-day show launched yesterday with appearances from pop star Nicole Scherzinger, TV personality Nick Knowles and Paralympic champion Helena Lucas. Plus 83 international boat debuts and 39 product launches.

This year’s London Boat Show coincides with the new London Classic Car Show and the added attraction has been credited with attracting more people than usual to the ExCeL exhibition centre.

Exhibitor Keith Hughes, managing director of Baltic Safety Products, said: ‘I’m pleasantly pleased with the footfall. Having the car show next door has attracted a hell of a lot of people.

‘I’ve got a lot of friends coming to the boat show and car show as a double jobby.’

Marcello Albanese, business development director at Navionics, said: ‘For us, the opening day was fantastic, we couldn’t even get a break for lunch.

‘We’ve been coming to the London Boat Show for the last five years and I’m not sure about in general, but for our business, this year has been really successful so far.

‘Maybe it’s the car show, but for some reason – and I visit a lot of boat shows around the world – the feeling is quite a good attitude here with customers buying new boats or refitting old boats with electronics, which is our core business.

‘I’m pretty positive, business seems to be picking up.’

Mr Albanese added: ‘The London Boat Show has kind of been reducing its attendance the last two to three years but it’s a reverse trend I’m seeing here, quite strong, if the first day continues. We hope it will.’

Dylan Whittaker, of Legend Yachts UK, said he liked the idea of a themed entrance but suggested sunshine instead of rain for next year.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker has named its special guest for the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show, former X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger.

 

Sunseeker always pulls out the big guns for the London Boat Show and this year will be no different, with Nicole Scherzinger due to appear at the unveiling of the new Sunseeker Predator 57.

The former X-Factor judge is currently in London performing as Grizabella in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats at the London Palladium.
She will make the eight-mile trip over to the Excel Centre on Friday (9 January) for the midday unveiling.

Her fiancé, reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, is believed to be a Sunseeker owner, although his off-season training regime makes a cameo appearance unlikely.

Nicole Scherzinger should have no trouble pulling in the crowds on her own though; having sold 54 million records with pop group The Pussycat Dolls.

Star appearances aside, key attractions at the London Boat Show include the world premiere of the Fairline Shadow S and the Jeanneau Velasco 37F.

Advance tickets for the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.

 

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Motorboat & Yachting: The RIB manufacturer has teased its latest product range, the Ribeye Prime, which will be launching at the London Boat Show.

 

RIB and tender manufacturer Ribeye has teased its latest product range, which will be unveiled at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show (9-18 January).

The Ribeye Prime series is an all-new product that has been redesigned from the hull upwards by Adam Younger. The company claims that they have taken a “no-compromise” approach and the result is “class-leading performance and reliability”. In a statement, Ribeye added: “Calling on 17 years boat building and feedback from 1000s of owners, we’ve combined advanced technologies and contemporary style to create a truly transforming RIB experience.”

Apart from that, details are thin on the ground, with no word on engine options, hull size or pricing. RIB fans should head to along to the Excel Centre Stand B412 for the unveiling. Advance tickets for the 2015 CMW FX London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult for Monday 12-Wednesday 14 January.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker har confirmed its full line-up and the Sunseeker 28M will be the largest boat from the Poole yard to go on display at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show from 9-18 January.

 

The Poole-based manufacturer will be exhibiting eight vessels, ranging in size from the San Remo 485 to the Sunseeker 28M. Launched at the 2012 London Boat Show, the Sunseeker 28M is powered by a pair of 12-cylinder MTU engines that generate 2,000hp each, giving a top speed of 30 knots.

This news comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement that there will be a London Boat Show launch for the all-new Sunseeker Predator 57.

Other models on display at the London Excel Centre will include the Manhattan 55, Manhattan 65, 68 Sport Yacht, 75 Yacht and 86 Yacht. If placed end-to-end, these eight models would measure 566ft.

Advance tickets for the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Princess Yachts has confirmed the line-up of boats that it will be bringing to the Excel Centre in January for the 2015 London Boat Show.

 

In keeping with its status as one of the biggest names in boating, Princess Yachts’ London Boat Show line-up is packed with new models. The Plymouth-based manufacturer has confirmed that it will be bringing along ten models ranging in size from the entry-level V39 to the bespoke Princess 88.

Star of the show will be the recently launched Princess S72, which has its public debut at the Miami Boat Show earlier this year. Meanwhile, the Princess 68 will be on display at the London Boat Show for the first time, and the V48 Open will showcase Volvo Penta’s latest IPS engines. The 2015 London Boat Show runs from 9-18 January and advance tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.

The full Princess Yachts London Boat Show line-up is as follows: Princess 88, Princess 82, Princess 72, Princess 68 (all new) Princess 56, Princess 52, Princess 43, Princess V39, Princess V48 Open and Princess S72.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The London Boat Show will see a major announcement about the future of Fairline Boat.

Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline to add eight new models in next three years

Fairline has announced that it will be rolling out eight new models across the next three years. The Oundle-based boatbuilder has yet to give any further details on the size or layout of these new models, but promises that the 2015 London Boat Show (9-18 January) will feature “a real statement” about the future of the company’s product range.

This news comes hot on the heels of two major appointments, with Stefan Whitmarsh joining as head of engineering and Ben Harrison named as engineering manager. Stuart McCullough, commercial director at Fairline Boats, said: “We’re excited to be announcing these plans to introduce eight new models over the next three years, and looking forward to sharing the full details with customers in just a couple of months’ time.

“Our new-look engineering team gives us fresh expertise to deliver cutting-edge design and product development.” Fairline’s current line-up of motorboats ranges from 38ft to 78ft, with boats available in Targa and Squadron guises.

With no brand new Fairline models unveiled at this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September), anticipation will be all the higher ahead of the London show announcement.

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Motorboat & Yachting: RYA members can get £8 off tickets to the London Boat Show, where the RYA will be running its Active Marina Experience workshop.

With a little over two months to go until the 2015 London Boat Show (9-18 January), the RYA has started to firm up its plans for the Excel Centre boating extravaganza.

The boating organisation has confirmed that its members will be able to get an £8 discount on the standard and preview day entry price of £20 per adult. For 2015, the RYA will be exhibiting on stand D016, where showgoers can get advice and information about all aspects of boating.

Next year’s show will also see the return of the Active Marina Experience workshops, which offer top tips from expert instructors and a chance to refresh your boating knowledge. Finally, the RYA members’ lounge will also be continued, with the Platinum Suite offering an exclusive area for members to relax with a drink and escape the crowds.

Advance tickets for the 2015 London Boat Show are on sale now, starting at £10 per adult for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday tickets. Under 16s go free and concessions are available for over 60s and group bookings.

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