Organisers and exhibitors recently welcomed a record 1,600 people to the Hamble Boat Show. Each year, the free event celebrates the start of the boating season and brings together boating enthusiasts and members of the local community for a weekend on and off the water.
This year’s show attracted a high number of exhibitors, including SBS, Rib Shack Marine, Cornish Crabbers, Marco Marine and HeliAir. The event is known as being one of the south’s most popular new and used boat shows, showcasing boats for all budgets, from day boats to sports boats, cruisers and RIBS.
Visitors were able to enjoy on-water displays and took advantage of the opportunity to actually get out on the water and take RIB rides in conjunction with C2 RIBS and the RYA Active Marina Programme. Hambledon Wineries also reported a great show with strong sales and the Coffee Cruiser what is the coffee cruiser saw a solid demand for refreshments throughout the weekend.
Visitors to the show also took advantage of the Distress Flare Amnesty that was run in conjunction with the Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit, and over 1,380 out-of-date flares were handed in on Sunday 17th May.
Nicholas Parton, manager of Hamble Point Marina commented, “This year’s Hamble Boat Show has proved to be another resounding success. We have had very positive feedback from both visitors and exhibitors. Visitor numbers were significantly up on last year, no doubt helped by the weather and also the impressive list of exhibitors we attracted. The exhibitors also reported a good show, with many securing sales and gaining strong new leads. A number of companies have already voiced their commitment to next year’s show.”
For more information, visit Hamble Boat Show