Over 60 innovative sail and power boats were on display at Ocean Village Marina last weekend with major global brands represented on the water.
Organised by a consortium of south coast dealers, Ocean Village Marina was chosen as the location for the new event, with its deep-water and access at all states of the tide, set against a stunning backdrop of superyachts and the Harbour Hotel.
It was the perfect setting for exhibiting brands which included Arcona Yachts, Bavaria, Beneteau, Dufour Yachts, Elan, Ferretti Yachts, Fountaine Pajot, Jeanneau, Nautitech Catamarans, Targa and X-Yachts, to name a few.
The South Coast Boat Show will now become an annual event in the marine calendar, already billed as ‘the buyers’ show’ for its no-frills approach.
Scott Farquharson, manager of MDL’s Ocean Village Marina, organised the site and was delighted with its success.
“The objective was that this show was all about the boats,” said Scott. “We wanted visitors to have the time and space to access what they wanted to see, and to have in-depth conversations about their requirements without being bustled along. It was perfect. We enjoyed a glorious mix of power, sail and cats on display. Plus, Prolific (Ocean Youth Trust, South) was there, welcoming people on board to talk about the brilliant work they do with young adults, and serving bacon rolls for a charitable donation.”
Plans are already afoot for next year’s event.
“We need something like this in the diary,” Scott continues, “There are a lot of shows springing up around the country to help fill the gap in national events. This one is for those looking to make a serious investment in a global brand. We’re already welcoming expressions of interest from existing, and new, exhibitors.”
This is underpinned by one of the consortium organisers.
“The feedback has been amazing,” says Will Bair, from Ancasta International Boat Sales. “It’s definitely a buyers’ show with space given to really compare and contrast between brands and models. All visitors seemed to enjoy the access they had to the broad range of product and information from the dealers that were on hand.”
For more information about next year’s South Coast Boat Show keep an eye on our website or contact [email protected].