Scot­land’s Boat Show

Fri­day 13 Oc­to­ber to Sun­day 15 Oc­to­ber 2017 Big­ger and bet­ter: ex­pan­sion sees new lay­out for the UKÕs third-largest boat show

Practical Boat Owner - - Special -

Now in its 31st year, Scot­land’s Boat Show is get­ting big­ger and bet­ter. Two key changes to lay­out this year are de­signed to ex­pand on the suc­cess of last year’s ‘Get On The Wa­ter’ theme and to en­cour­age more peo­ple to get in­volved in boats and boat­ing for the first time.

As the largest event of its kind in Scot­land and the largest bro­ker­age show in the UK, Scot­land’s Boat Show 2017 has a record num­bers of new ex­hibitors and a line-up of features and en­ter­tain­ment that will draw thou­sands of vis­i­tors to Kip Ma­rina and In­ver­clyde.

Expert ad­vice

The first change sees River­side In­ver­clyde’s ‘Get On The Wa­ter’ pav­il­ion ex­pand to ac­com­mo­date the new Sika Ma­rine Stage and Theatre – the venue for free pre­sen­ta­tions and lec­tures in as­so­ci­a­tion with Practical Boat Owner.

On of­fer will be a se­ries of themes rang­ing from expert ad­vice on buy­ing a sec­ond-hand boat to the Met Of­fice ex­plain­ing how to cope with heavy weather, and tips on how to in­spect your ropes.

Also on hand in the pav­il­ion will be rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tions and man­u­fac­tur­ers who can ad­vise on how to start get­ting in­volved in ev­ery type wa­ter sport from sail­ing to power­boats, RIBs, jet­skis, pad­dle­boards, ca­noes or even model boats.

Free taster ses­sions

The other major lay­out change sees the cre­ation of a big­ger ‘on wa­ter’ area for the RYA Scot­land Free Taster Ses­sions which al­low vis­i­tors to try yachts, mo­tor yachts, RIBs, dinghies and pad­dle boards in the safe en­vi­ron­ment of Kip Ma­rina.

With more than 350 vis­i­tors tak­ing part in the ses­sions last year, the big­ger sail­ing area, to­gether with RYA Scot­land’s new on­line book­ing ser­vice, aims to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in taster ses­sions across all age groups and abil­i­ties.

For mo­bil­ity-im­paired vis­i­tors, Clyde Muir­shiel will again be featuring the wheely­boat ‘Dis­cov­ery’, sail­ing taster ses­sions will be avail­able in the ac­ces­si­ble Hansa 303 dinghies, while Able2­sail, who of­fer voy­ages for in­di­vid­u­als who are both able-bod­ied or have dis­abil­i­ties, will have their yacht open for vis­i­tors – as will Ocean Youth Trust Scot­land.

Bar­gain boats

Record num­bers of high qual­ity pre­owned boats are pre­dicted by Roseann Sweeney of bro­kers Michael Sch­midt & Part­ners. ‘We’ll have the UK’s largest dis­play of used boats in one place at Scot­land’s Boat Show this year,’ she said.

The show is a great place to see ves­sels

of all shapes, sizes and prices, as last year’s guest speaker, sail­ing blog­ger and PBO con­trib­u­tor Dy­lan Win­ter summed up: ‘It’s such a great boat show be­cause there are boats here that I could af­ford.

‘There’s a boat for £3,100 and a Cen­taur for £8,500 – I bet I could of­fer him £6,000 and he’d con­sider it. And I like the fact that it’s free to ev­ery­one.’

Wel­come aboard

An­other new visi­tor is the 60ft Clip­per Round The World race yacht Taeping, which will be wel­com­ing vis­i­tors through­out the show for those wish­ing a closer view of this mag­nif­i­cent boat and to find out how you can join in one of its fu­ture voy­ages.

MAIN and LEFT: boats ga­lore at Scot­land’s Boat Show

There’ll be plenty of thrills at the show

Take the op­por­tu­nity to try dinghy sail­ing for the first time

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