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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Pratical Boat Owner: Action at Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 starts tomorrow, 10 October, and will continue until Sunday. Recognised as the third largest boat show in the UK, organisers are hoping to top last year’s record visitor attendance figures.

This year’s show has been designated a ‘Homecoming Scotland 2014 Official Event’, which means that visitors will be able to enjoy a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage.

Organisers are also hoping to attract a record number of exhibitors to the 2014 show. Many major marine companies confirmed to exhibit this weekend, also took part in the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

Boats of all shapes and sizes will be exhibited from dinghies to luxury powerboats and classic yachts.

RYA Scotland will be holding sailing taster sessions on the Drum racing yacht and dinghies. Also on the water but for the more adventurous visitor, there will be the chance to try Flyboarding.

PBO at the show
The Practical Boat Owner team will be returning to the show once again, with PBO Editor David Pugh and Deputy Editor Ben Meakins on hand to chat to readers.

David said: ‘We hope to see you there – the show is growing all the time, and offers a great opportunity to look at both new and second-hand boats, check out some of the latest gear and, of course, pick up the latest issue of PBO.’

Onshore activities
Visitors can enjoy the RYA Scotland Marquee filled with companies exhibiting the latest marine and leisure products plus the RYA Scotland Theatre – a purpose built exhibition space hosting a range of workshops, expert lectures, competitions and special activities for the kids.

Expect cars from Bentley, Maserati and, for the first time, McLaren – a Farmers Market, the Clyde-Life Style Marquee showcasing Scottish craft companies, performances from choirs and pipe bands, plus the chance to take a helicopter flight over Kip Marina to see the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde.

Watch the skies above Scotland’s Boat Show at 2pm this Sunday and enjoy the skills of the Royal Air Force and the aerobatic display of their Tutor aircraft.

The Met Office is forecasting light showers for tomorrow, followed by sunshine and cloud on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday.

The show opens daily at 10am and admission is free – car parking is available for the nominal charge of £3 per vehicle. 
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