Now UK’s second largest show after London’s demise

The organisers of the Scottish Boat Show are moving their act up a gear to take account that following the demise of the London Boat Show, it is the UK’s second largest marine leisure event. The three-day free admission event is expecting to attract in excess of 14,000 visitors.

For the 32nd edition being held at Kip Marina, Inverclyde on October 12-14, 2018, the show comes with a completely new layout, new attractions and an expansion that seems certain to please visitors and exhibitors. It is anticipated that there will be over 150 exhibitors in total and 160 boats on show both afloat and on-shore.

The new layout at the spacious Kip Marina will link the on-water display of new and brokerage boats, with boats located on the hard stand and in the covered area. In total over 120 exhibitors and many more brands are participating in the event. The organisers were not able to confirm at this time exactly how many yachts and boats will be exhibited.

“It depends to some extent on what is sold at Southampton,” a spokesman for the show organisers told IBI. “We will have a much better idea post-Southampton show what we can expect to be shown here. Despite that, we’re are anticipating the largest show of pre-owned brokerage craft of any show in the UK. We attract many people who cannot make it to Southampton.

“With the demise of the London show the impact of that might be felt when builders do not have as many orders for next year as they might otherwise have had,” he added. “We are receiving suggestions that because of the loss of London, more southern companies may be looking to exhibit up here next year. We will have to wait and see.”

In terms of the pre-owned section, local brokers Michael Schmidt & Partners is planning a large selection. Roseann Sweeney from MSP said: “We will have a full display of boats for all budgets at Scotland’s Boat Show this year and we are advising potential buyers and sellers to contact us as soon as possible before the show.”

Inspiration Marine is also aiming for its biggest-ever range of Hanse yachts to be on display at SBS18 with the potential for more to be added as the show approaches. At the new waterside location, Marine Sales Scotland’s large powerboat display promises a full range of boats for all budgets and interests including an expanded display of the popular Quicksilver Activ models.

Marine Sales Scotland managing director, Stan Prosser, comments: “Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina has firmly established itself as the most important show in the North and continues to attract more visitors from all over the UK year-on-year, with Marine Sales Scotland similarly enjoying increased sales at each show.”

Adjacent to the powerboat display is the new small boat area featuring Hartley Boats flagship display of award winning sport dinghies which always attracts large numbers of visitors.

The show has a close working association with RYA Scotland with a mutual aim to get as many people as possible onto the water. Last year this numbered some 350 and in 2018 this is hoped to be increased. The popular RYA Scotland pavilion moves to a new and larger site and showcases the latest marine and leisure products from UK-wide companies.

It’s also the base for RYA Scotland’s free ‘taster sessions’ which allow visitors to try a short hands-on experience on yachts, motoryachts, RIB driving and dinghy sailing in the safe environment of Kip Marina under the expert eye of RYA Scotland’s partners SportScotland National Centre Cumbrae, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, Clyde Muirshiel Country Park and You and Sea Training. With over 350 visitors taking part in the sessions last year RYA Scotland’s new online booking service available via the RYA Scotland website and scotlandsboatshow.co.uk 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 Ocean Youth Trust Scotland will also have their yacht open for visitors to come aboard. The Sika Marine Stage & Theatre moves to the RYA Scotland pavilion and is the venue for three days of free lectures and presentations organised in association with the Cruising Association. On offer will be a series of subject themes ranging from the Cruising Association’s expert’s advice on ‘Sailing Round Britain’.

More undercover exhibition space is added for SBS18 with the new Riverside Inverclyde Pavilion which is the venue for smaller boats, marine & leisure exhibitors, plus an expanded Kip Marina Chandlery and the new location for the Taste Inverclyde/Chartroom café. The new Car & Motorhome area features motor cars from Porsche, Morgan, Mitsubishi and Lotus, prestigious motorhomes from Swift and luxury holiday homes from Cloch Caravans.