London Boat Show Visitor Numbers Down – But Strong Sales Reported


London Boat Show 2016. Credit: onEdition

London Boat Show 2016. Credit: onEdition

The 62nd London Boat Show, which drew to a close yesterday, attracted 90,328 people through the doors of ExCeL London over 10 days.

This compared to 92,288 visitors to the 2015 show; 88,593 to the 2014 edition; 93,327 in 2013; and 102,841 in 2012.

The 2016 show saw more than 132 boats make their debut, including the largest ever boat to be globally launched – a 40.05m Sunseeker 131 Yacht which was berthed out on the dockside.

Many companies reported an increase on last year’s sales figures including multi-million pound deals. There were close to 400 boats showcased with several new brands such as Adidas Sailing and Bainbridge International exhibiting at the show for the first time.

Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker, said: ‘This has been our most successful London Boat Show for a number of years, with confirmed boat orders worth £40million of retail sales (exc. tax) and several more sales in the pipeline.

‘It’s very good news for the sector because it’s the first show of the year and it is an excellent barometer of sales to come in 2016.’

Peter Thomas, managing director at Cornish Crabbers, said: ‘Sales have been up on last year and the quality of visitors is undoubtable. We’ve sold six boats at the show including two of our new 21 foot Shrimpers.’

Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show Theatre. Credit: onEdition

Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show Theatre. Credit: onEdition

The Show Theatre welcomed a line-up of boating experts with topics including the latest technology and innovations. Alec Wilkinson, one of Britain’s top live sailing presenters, hosted daily panel discussions with guests including America’s Cup commentator, Tucker Thompson, world-class Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR’s fitness coach, Ben Williams, Volvo Ocean Race winner, Ian Walker, and record-breaking female sailor, Dee Caffari MBE.

More than 1,000 beginners and experienced skippers got out on the Mediterranean Bay – a purpose-built pool spanning 500sqm, which hosted a variety of activities, including Seabobbing, water walking and Stand Up Paddleboarding, it provided visitors with the opportunity to get out on the water for free and brush up on their boating knowledge.

The show was officially opened by Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson. Other celebrities who made appearances included Adrian Chiles, Hugh Bonneville, The Overtones and television presenter Floella Benjamin.

Made in Chelsea's Lucy Watson at the London Boat Show 2016. Credit: onEdition

Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson at the London Boat Show 2016. Credit: onEdition

Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows, said: ‘The quality of business achieved coupled with the fantastic attractions on offer and celebrity faces seen, has resulted in the 62nd London Boat Show being yet another successful show. At the heart of one of the world’s most pioneering capital cities, we have showcased the rich heritage of both British and international boating, latest marine innovations and designs to a global audience.

‘Exhibitors have reported excellent sales this year with visitors having the opportunity to purchase from a variety of products from inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards and foldaway sailing boats to a multi-million pound superyacht and everything in between. The atmosphere has been exuberant, once again confirming the London Boat Show as one of the top ten Boat Shows in the world.’

Ben Metcalfe, managing director at Landau UK, said: ‘London Boat Show has been very positive for us, with some great cash sales at the show as well as a number of sales enquiries which the Landau team will be following up on after the Show. The Mediterranean Bay proved a great success and most of all provided a fun atmosphere!

‘We look forward to next year but also Southampton Boat Show, where we hope to make our stand even more interactive for customers and a fun experience for all.’

Greg Houlston, general manager at Broom Marine Services, said: ‘This has been our first time attending the Show as a standalone brand, and we have been delighted with both the positive feedback received and the number of sales achieved.

‘We have received strong enquiries and orders for service work and completed product sales for our Volvo Penta, Raymarine and Fusion offerings, along with a bulk order for the recently launched Engineguard security device for outboards, and boat demonstrations booked for Seakeeper boat stabilisation.

‘We now look forward to the remainder of 2016 with optimism and returning to the London Boat Show in 2017.’

Source: Practical Boat Owner – Laura Hodgetts

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Yes the only Boat show worth attending is coming soon, everything under one roof!  The London Boat Show is on from January 9th to 18th 2015 and includes a new 4D Experience!

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This world-renowned event is where adventure starts, pioneers meet and innovation shines. Immerse yourself in the elements and explore a world of boating, the very latest in technology and show-stopping experiences that will really capture your imagination.

Whether you are an enthusiast or new to boating and sailing, this London Boat Show will give you a vast range of craft to explore, from Kayak to Dinghy to Superyacht. There are hundreds of boats from small independent builders to multinational companies and their size varies from under 15 foot to over 50 foot.

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Voted Britain’s best loved boat show Southampton will be on from the 12th to the 21st September 2014…

Make sure you have the date in your diary!

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London Boat Show Is Just Around the Corner!

The date is set 4-12 January 2014!  Get your tickets booked, it the one not to miss!

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Boat Shows – Locations and Dates

All forthcoming shows ordered by date

07/03/2013 – 10/03/2013 » Yokohama, Japan Japan International Boat Show 2013
01/08/2013 – 05/08/2013 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
13/09/2013 – 22/09/2013 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
17/09/2013 – 19/09/2013 » Louisville, USA IBEX (Intl Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference)
21/09/2013 – 29/09/2013 » Friedrichshafen, Germany INTERBOOT – International Watersports Exhibition
21/09/2013 – 29/09/2013 » Istanbul, Turkey International Istanbul Boat Show
24/09/2013 – 29/09/2013 » Barcelona, Spain Barcelona International Boat Show
25/09/2013 – 30/09/2013 » La Rochelle, France Grand Pavois de la Rochelle
26/09/2013 – 29/09/2013 » Auckland, New Zealand Auckland On Water Boat Show
26/09/2013 – 29/09/2013 » Atlantic City, USA Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show
02/10/2013 – 06/10/2013 » Genova, Italy Genoa Boat Show
12/10/2013 – 20/10/2013 » Athens, Greece Athens International Boat Show
26/10/2013 – 03/11/2013 » Hamburg, Germany hanseboot – Hamburg International Boat Show
31/10/2013 – 04/11/2013 » Fort Lauderdale, USA Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
08/11/2013 – 11/11/2013 » Xiamen, China China (Xiamen) International Boat Show
19/11/2013 – 21/11/2013 » Amsterdam, Netherlands METS Amsterdam
04/01/2014 – 12/01/2014 » London, UK Tullett Prebon London Boat Show
18/01/2014 – 26/01/2014 » Dusseldorf, Germany boot Dusseldorf
31/01/2014 – 09/02/2014 » Goteborg, Sweden Goteborg Boat Show
05/02/2014 – 07/02/2014 » Carrara, Italy Seatec
07/02/2014 – 16/02/2014 » Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Boat Show – Vene 14 Bat
08/02/2014 – 10/02/2014 » Gent, Belgium Belgian Boat Show (Note: Show takes place on two consecutive weekends)
13/02/2014 – 17/02/2014 » Miami, USA Miami International Boat Show
14/02/2014 – 16/02/2014 » Gent, Belgium Belgian Boat Show (Note: Show takes place on two consecutive weekends)
14/02/2014 – 23/02/2014 » Istanbul, Turkey Eurasia Boat Show – 7th Sea Vehicles, Equipment and Accessories Fair
19/02/2014 – 23/02/2014 » Zagreb, Croatia Zagreb Boat Show (provisional)
28/02/2014 – 09/03/2014 » Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm International Boat Show
04/03/2014 – 08/03/2014 » Dubai, UAE Dubai International Boat Show
05/03/2014 – 09/03/2014 » Amsterdam, Netherlands HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show
12/03/2014 – 16/03/2014 » Oslo, Norway Norwegian Intl Boat Show/Sjoen for alle (provisional)
03/04/2014 – 06/04/2014 » Warsaw, Poland Wind and Water Boat Show
10/04/2014 – 13/04/2014 » Shanghai, China China (Shanghai) International Boat Show
09/05/2014 – 18/05/2014 » Portoroz, Slovenia Internautica International Boat Show Adriatic
22/05/2014 – 25/05/2014 » Sanctuary Cove, Australia Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
12/06/2014 – 15/06/2014 » Goyang, Korea Korea International Boat Show
31/07/2014 – 04/08/2014 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
12/09/2014 – 21/09/2014 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
16/09/2014 – 18/09/2014 » Louisville, USA IBEX (Intl Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference)
20/09/2014 – 28/09/2014 » Friedrichshafen, Germany INTERBOOT – International Watersports Exhibition
25/09/2014 – 28/09/2014 » Atlantic City, USA Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show
18/10/2014 – 26/10/2014 » Athens, Greece Athens International Boat Show
25/10/2014 – 02/11/2014 » Hamburg, Germany hanseboot – Hamburg International Boat Show
30/10/2014 – 13/11/2014 » Fort Lauderdale, USA Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
18/11/2014 – 20/11/2014 » Amsterdam, Netherlands METS Amsterdam
09/01/2015 – 17/01/2015 » London, UK Tullett Prebon London Boat Show
17/01/2015 – 25/01/2015 » Dusseldorf, Germany boot Dusseldorf
06/02/2015 – 15/02/2015 » Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Boat Show – Vene 15 Bat
27/02/2015 – 01/03/2015 » Fredericia, Denmark Fredericia International Boat Show (Note: Show takes place on two consecutive weekends)
05/03/2015 – 08/03/2015 » Fredericia, Denmark Fredericia International Boat Show (Note: Show takes place on two consecutive weekends)
30/07/2015 – 03/08/2015 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
11/09/2015 – 20/09/2015 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
24/09/2015 – 27/09/2015 » Atlantic City, USA Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show
17/10/2015 – 25/10/2015 » Athens, Greece Athens International Boat Show
24/10/2015 – 01/11/2015 » Hamburg, Germany hanseboot – Hamburg International Boat Show
29/10/2015 – 02/11/2015 » Fort Lauderdale, USA Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
17/11/2015 – 19/11/2015 » Amsterdam, Netherlands METS Amsterdam
12/02/2016 – 21/02/2016 » Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Boat Show – Vene 16 Bat
28/07/2016 – 01/08/2016 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
16/09/2016 – 25/09/2016 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
29/09/2016 – 02/10/2016 » Atlantic City, USA Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show
03/08/2017 – 07/08/2017 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
15/09/2017 – 24/09/2017 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
28/09/2017 – 01/10/2017 » Atlantic City, USA Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show
02/08/2018 – 06/08/2018 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
14/09/2018 – 23/09/2018 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
01/08/2019 – 05/08/2019 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
13/09/2019 – 22/09/2019 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
30/07/2020 – 03/08/2020 » Sydney, Australia Sydney International Boat Show
11/09/2020 – 20/09/2020 » Southampton, UK PSP Southampton Boat Show
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The Ancasta New Boat Shows in Port Hamble and Swanwick provide the ideal opportunity for anyone keen to view our fantastic new boat range. Beneteau, Lagoon and Prestige will all be represented and our brand Managers will be on hand to conduct viewings and ensure you are detailed with all the information and benefits these beautiful boats have to offer.

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London Boat Show…..2013

This has to be one of the worlds premier boat shows, so are you there right now? If so we would love to hear your reviews, feedback or just anything that you found interesting.

London Boat Show – January 11th to 20th 2013

The other date which is a must for your diary:

Southampton Boat Show – 13th to 22nd September

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