Motorboat & Yachting: The fledgling Poole Harbour Boat Show is shaping up nicely, with Sunseeker, Fairline, Windy and Sealine all confirmed to exhibit.
The free event at Poole Quay Boat Haven is being launched this year and will also play host to the likes of Stingher RIBs, Bayliner, Quicksilver and Cobalt.
As well as new boat manufacturers, the show will also feature local chandlers, insurance firms and the RNLI. Meanwhile, local yacht clubs will provide on-the-water activities to spark visitors’ interest in all things nautical.
Another key attraction at the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be tall ships TS Pelican and Stavros S Niarchos, which will both be opened up to the public for a few hours at a time.
Jim Stewart, chief executive at Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “2015 is as a vital year for the marine industry, and with a number of confirmed exhibitors so far, the Poole Harbour Boat Show is set to be a spectacular way in which businesses and marine enthusiasts can come together.”
Pratical Boat Owner: In 2015, Poole will host its own dedicated boat show on the weekend of May 9 and 10 organised and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC).
The free public event will take place on Poole Quay, and at PHC’s award-winning marina Poole Quay Boat Haven. Inspired by other boat shows in areas such as Jersey, PHC believe Poole is a perfect location for an all-encompassing boat show celebrating the rich and varied boating business present in the town.
Jim Stewart, Poole Harbour Commissioner’s chief executive is pleased to announce the new event for 2015.
He said: ‘From local chandlers to rig makers and other marine-focused suppliers, we hope the Poole Harbour Boat Show will become a staple date on the regional maritime calendar. It is an opportunity for all Poole marine operators to come together and showcase the extent of work going on across the Harbour.
‘As we head towards 2017 and Poole’s hosting of European Maritime Day, the new boat show enables us to highlight the many varied businesses within the marine sector here. We aim for it to grow year on year and to maintain its full inclusivity to all.’
Businesses in the marine sector are invited to take stands at the show, which has the full support and backing of the British Marine Federation (BMF) and organisations such as the RNLI will be playing a key role across the weekend.
The event is also supported by Poole Tourism which will include the show in its annual events programme and has scheduled the dates in May to co-ordinate around other summer events.
For information regarding stand space and opportunities to get involved with the inaugural show, please contact John Binder at Poole Quay Boat Haven on 01202 649488.