A chance meet­ing at the Southamp­ton Boat Show leads to the for­ma­tion of the Marex Own­ers’ Club

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The very loose in­ter­net def­i­ni­tion of a boat friend is as fol­lows: a nor­mal friend pre­vents you from drink­ing and driv­ing. A boat friend just makes sure you stay on the boat. There are many rea­sons for buy­ing a Marex, but one that I never ex­pected was mak­ing new friends. When we were con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a new boat we vis­ited the Southamp­ton Boat Show so we could have a touch and feel of as many of our ini­tial se­lec­tion as pos­si­ble. When we sat on the Marex 310 we knew she was the one, and set­tled in to the comfy seats hop­ing never to move. As an­other cou­ple also hopped aboard we made eye con­tact and gave po­lite English hel­los. “It’s a lovely boat, isn’t it?” my wife Julie said to the cou­ple. “I hope so, I just bought it,” came the re­ply. We then spent the next hour com­par­ing rea­sons why we both loved the Marex, had a good long chat with Guy, David and Paul from Wessex Marine and said we would stay in con­tact with our new boat friends Will and Jane. Just one prob­lem – we didn’t have a boat yet.

Skip for­ward two months and we had paid our de­posit on a Marex 310 for de­liv­ery in May 2017. My first call to an­nounce our new pur­chase was to Will. We com­pared specs and found they were the same. A week later and we were cel­e­brat­ing with Will and Jane on their boat. My boat was now on or­der and Will had found out that a third Marex was ar­riv­ing soon af­ter mine. No more would be com­ing into the UK that year as the world­wide al­lo­ca­tion had al­ready been sold and Wessex were now tak­ing or­ders for 2018. We both felt a bit smug.

Will met the owner of Marex (no3) soon af­ter by knocking on the canopy. Will lives down the road from Sal­terns Marina where Wessex Marine are based. Years ago con­tact be­tween all of us would have been slow and in­fre­quent but with Will cre­at­ing a What­sapp group it’s easy for us to stay in touch. A trip to the fac­tory was soon ar­ranged, and many con­ver­sa­tions about the nu­mer­ous slight ad­just­ments to Will’s boat were dis­cussed in de­tail. We all agreed to meet up for lunch at Sal­terns and some­one made a com­ment half­way through the meal this should be the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Marex Own­ers’ Club. Will was swiftly voted in as pres­i­dent, with me as vice pres­i­dent and Keith as so­cial sec­re­tary.

Since then we have been joined by Barry and Christine who took the de­liv­ery of their Marex (no 4) in Spring 2018. More boats are on their way and we have ex­panded from just Marex 310s to wel­come our first Marex 375 own­ers, Rick and Do­nia. Our first full meet­ing was held in Au­gust 2018 with a 100% turnout!

We even have an own­ers’ web­site. It is pretty ba­sic but will hope­fully let other Marex own­ers find us and join in the fun. The web­site is www.marex­own­er­, and on the sug­ges­tion of Jack Haines a club burgee is

, be­ing de­signed. But at the end of the day it’s all about one thing – isn’t it a friendly thing to own a boat? Richard Hall

Richard’s Marex 310 in Yar­mouth, IOW

The fu­ture Marex own­ers’ first meet­ing at the Boat Show

Boat­ing bud­dies. The Marex Own­ers’ Club en­joy one of their reg­u­lar so­cials

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