TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show has seen thousands of people arriving at Mayflower Park to browse over 600 brands on show. The 10-day boating exhibition kicked off on Friday 15 September to its 49th edition. The event is deemed the UK’s largest on-water show. It’s organised by British Marine’s Boat Show division.
Having indoor and outdoor exhibition space adds complexity to the event. Murray Ellis, chief officer of Boat Shows, commented: “Every year we aim to deliver a unique experience for thousands of visitors. We have an ideal location to get people on the water to go boating or trial the latest watersports trends and this year we want to get more of our visitors enjoying a range of on the water experiences. This means more variety, more accessibility and more capacity, which we are planning to deliver at this year’s event.”
TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show is held at Europe’s largest purpose-built marina. It comprises over 2km of pontoons, covers 50,687sqm and takes ten weeks to build with construction starting in July. EN understand over 50 contractors are involved in the build-up.
In an exclusive interview operations manager Dan Taylor described what it takes to bring the show to life. Watch the video below.
This year the show offered visitors the opportunity to enjoy a boat trip to the Solent aboard the Show passenger boat.
Other novelties include the Paddle River Experience with a 60-metre waterway circuit for visitors of all ages and ability to try canoeing or paddleboarding.
Bell boats, a twin hulled open canoe seating up to 12 people, is also new for this year’s show offering fun for all the family.
Returning attractions for 2017 are the Adventure River Canoe Ride, Bumper Boats, and a range of on-the-water activities for people of all ages.
Two stage domes have been created to showcase a daily line-up of entertainment, including live music and performances.
The show features iconic boats on display including tall ship Kaskelot (46.6m LOA). Built in 1948, is one of the largest remaining wooden ships in commission. A US Navy gunboat, it was used to patrol the Rhine River during the “Cold War” era and recently featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, Dunkirk. It is the only boat still afloat out of a fleet of 23.
The show closes on Sunday 24 September.