Suc­cess­ful Scot­land’s Boat Show

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Or­gan­is­ers of Scot­land’s Boat Show say ex­hibitors are al­ready plan­ning on re­turn­ing in 2019.

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors de­scended on Kip Ma­rina in In­ver­clyde for the three-day event on 12-14 Oc­to­ber.

Or­gan­iser Kevin Blamire said there were ‘re­ally pos­i­tive signs’ that the big­gest boat show in Scot­land was ‘a cost ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive’ to the London Boat Show, which is not be­ing held in 2019.

“I’m re­ally pleased with the num­ber of first time ma­jor ex­hibitors from the south who are al­ready plan­ning to re­turn next year, de­spite the poor weather we had on two days this time,” he told PBO.

He said ma­rine trade ex­hibitors re­ported buoy­ant sales through­out the show, even though the high winds of Storm Cal­lum were blow­ing

First time ex­hibitor Ar­cona Yachts is plan­ning on re­turn­ing next year. Di­rec­tor Alas­dair Marshall said: “With the demise of London Boat Show we wanted to see if a re­gional show would work for Ar­cona and so we made the jour­ney to Scot­land. We have had great num­bers of peo­ple show­ing an in­ter­est in our boats and, be­cause of this, we are look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to Scot­land’s Boat Show in 2019.”

One of the most pop­u­lar fea­tures of the show was the taster ses­sions in sail­ing, mo­tor cruis­ing and RIB driv­ing put on by RYA Scot­land.

James Al­lan of RYA Scot­land said the as­so­ci­a­tion had a suc­cess­ful three days, with 150 on-wa­ter ses­sions held over the week­end.

The Cruis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion pre­sented three days of free lec­tures on sub­jects rang­ing from Sail­ing Around Bri­tain to ma­rine ecol­ogy.

Scot­land’s Boat Show is hop­ing to at­tract more ex­hibitors from the south coast of Eng­land

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