Seatec, Carrara – Italy 2014

You may or may not have heard of Seatec boat show held in Carrara, Italy? The reason I say this is that it is aimed at ‘professional visitors only’ so not your average Joe wanting to ‘have a go’ like the public facing shows do. 

To put us all in the picture, this years exhibition will be held at Via Maestri del Marmo Between the 5th and 7th February 2014.

Seatec ‘Sea Technology & Design’ as you can imagine places is specialised towards the technological side of boating as well as subcontracting and design of Megayachts.

I won’t spend too much time going into this as I imagine the relevant visitors are already aware, but it’s always interesting to know what shows are out there even if they aren’t ones to visit. However, just in case….

There will be various shuttle services each day taking approx 1 hour and 15 minutes, leaving from:

PisaAirport – Exhibition Centre 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.

Fair Complex – PisaAirport 10.30am, 1.30pm, 6.30pm.

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Boot Dusseldorf

Boot Dusseldorf is a renowned show, second in our annual boat show calendar. In past years both London and Dusseldorf boat show have slightly overlapped but organisers seem to be working together in recent years to avoid clashes which in turn will benefit both shows and all visitors!

Dusseldorf Boat Show caters for sailors, divers, motor yachters, anglers and various other trend sports covering a generous amount of space at its Am Staad venue. Tickets to the show range from 6.00 and 28.00 Euros, but be sure to check the small print as there is a list of contenders that will be permitted free entry with the relevant identification.

A benefit of buying a ticket (I believe this may only be applicable to eTickets purchased from the shows website) allow you free public transport in selected areas. This could be useful for later on even for a trip out somewhere new for dinner after the show, but before going home? Again, it’s worth reading the small print, though if you are buying eTickets it’s all quite clear online.

The show will be open between now and Sunday 26th January between 10am – 6pm.

As previously mentioned, the show covers a lot of space and I am pleased to say there is a lot included within this space! Firstly, we have ‘Beach World’ which includes an impressive 1000m2 pool with a kite simulator, front-loop trainer and skimboard trial.

Moving on to the ‘Dive Centre’ in Hall 3 which allows visitors of all experience levels to have a go at diving. It’s probably not as simple as it sounds. For the keen photographers amongst us there is ‘Water Pixel World’ teaching those interested about the world of underwater photography. A great opportunity as it’s certainly not a day to day activity but I’m sure we’ve learnt a great deal about our Oceans and its inhabitants because of it.

‘World of Paddling’ sounds like another interactive area with canoe trail and tight-rope walking. This room is combined with a holiday related section which will display ideas relating to charter holidays and advice.

The final have a go areas are the ‘boot Sailing School’ in Hall 14 for beginners to try some dingy sailing and ‘The Fishing Centre’ which has stage shows as well as plenty of space to try out rods, reels and baits.

Other than the above there of course are motor yachts, sail boats, watersports, a maritime art gallery and classic boats. To be honest, I am really impressed with what Dusseldorf organisers have put together. They have managed to incorporate so much to attract boaters worldwide as well as beginners. It’s a show the industry can be proud of and long may it continue.

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London Boat Show 2014

Here we are again folks! Having welcomed in 2014 without a second thought the London Boat Show is upon us.

Although it’s not quite time to get your boats back in the water it’s the perfect time to be searching for a new vessel in the anticipation it will be ready and delivered in time for the spring/summer period. As we all know these things can take time, particularly if there are any modifications or special features requested. Call it a late Christmas present to yourself? 

I have always been fond of London Boat Show and am pleased to see it has returned for a 60th year. As you can imagine the fundamental set up remains the same with all new sailboats, power cruisers, dinghys, equipment, and general exhibits inside the hall and used sailboats and power cruisers in the outside marina. There has been talk that the organisers have planned to increase the size of the used marina to make the show more accessible for all buyers so it is definitely worth taking a wander to see what is on offer outside.

The show will be opening Saturday 4th January at 10am as it will each day. Closing times will vary between 6pm – 9pm throughout the nine days. 

As you may have already heard, Sir Ben Ainslie’s AC45 Catamaran will be on display this year. The vessel was sailed with pride by its owner in the 2012 – 2013 America’s Cup World Series. For a chance to meet the multiple Olympic Medal Winner and Sports Personality of the Year he will be attending the show this Wednesday 8th January where he shall take part in a Q&A session beside his vessel (stand number G280) at approximately 11.30am.

The indoor pool will be returning following popular demand incorporating a variety of waterbased activities and sports as well as demonstrations. Remember, taster sessions are free with boat show entry and all relevant clothing is provided. Taster appointments MUST be pre-booked which can be done on the Rockley Booking Point (stand number B156). There is a rather detailed schedule of activities between 10.30am – 6pm each day far too long for me to list so if you spot Rockley have a quick look to see what’s suitable. It’s absolutely great for kids and beginners.   

Remember the Knowledge Box? This of course will be back for another show. Again, a full timetable will be available at the show. For any newcomers the Knowledge Box incorporates talks from a variety of boat show celebrities, experts, and even chefs on everything from safety tips and tales at sea to how to use your equipment to its potential. 

London Boat Show gives a huge variety of vessels both new and used for visitors to browse as well as build connections with dealers. It welcomes all ages and experience levels and interests so for visitors old and new it’s London Boat Show 2014 and it’s open! 

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Salon Nautique De Paris 2013

This years Nautic Salon Nautique De Paris will be held over four Pavillion areas.

Sailing and Tourism will be displayed in Pavillion 1, motor boating in pavilions 2.2 and 4, and finally, equipment will be found in Pavillion 2.1.

Overall around 785 exhibitors incorporating 1,300 brands will be on hand throughout the stunning Porte De Versailles.

As you may have cottoned on by reading the three main categories both sail and motor boats will be viewable. However, it does not end there as there will also be an assortment of smaller crafts such as canoes, kayaks and windsurfing boards.

Although the show opens Friday, 6th December – this day will be available to trade and press members only. Ultimately, this means the real buying does not begin until Saturday 7th when at 10am local time the gates shall open to both new and loyal visitors until doors close Sunday 15th December.

It gives me great pleasure to hear a 10 day show is about to start as we don’t seem to get many of those nowadays. The longer the show the more opportunity there is to visit and experience the marvels on offer. It can take a lot of planning ahead at times to ensure a day is put aside for the best boat shows!

Speaking of available time – this show is open until 7pm most days which gives a reasonable amount of flexibility with both Friday’s open until 10pm! Visitors couldn’t ask for much more than that.

There are a number of travel methods available to access Porte de Versailles. These include:






Also, if you book flights or accommodation via the website you will find reductions that may not be available on general comparison sites so certainly worth a look:

Here’s wishing a fantastic show to all in Paris!

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China Xiamen International Boat Show

China Xiamen International Boat Show is a relatively new (in the grand scheme of boat shows) four day event held at Xiamen Marina, Fujian, People’s Republic of China.

Having only been established in the last five years, CXIBS has been a great contributor to the rapid growth of the Chinese marine market. The show has developed to facilitate over 50,000 square metres of space, around 50% of which are on water exhibits with the remaining half split between displays that are still outside, but on land, and those that are indoors. With such a vast majority of the show outdoors, this allows for a more than pleasant stroll around the beautifully sun lit marina.

A tip for those looking to travel next year, the CXIBS website provides advice on how to obtain a VISA (if necessary) as well as recommended hotels and their tariffs. As many of us know, prices tend to rocket up the closer it gets to the event so it may be worth looking into this sooner rather than later for next year.

Another fantastic feature I have discovered whilst browsing the website which has to be shared is to ‘book a sea trial online’ for whilst at the show! Obviously this will not be useful until next year but that’s a MUST REMEMBER. If you are attending and wish to have a sea trial you can choose your exhibitor, and model online. Unfortunately, I have not been able to test this feature, however, I suspect that once you have verified your details you would receive a phone call (or other communication) from the organisers or chosen exhibitor to confirm and talk specifics. When I first saw this I thought it was great for people ‘on the go’ that do not have time to make phone calls, particularly during work hours, this gives the perfect opportunity to organise a sea trial, and quickly. It may also help prevent potential language barriers as the recipient will see the language you have typed, and therefore will find the relevant member of staff in order to communicate efficiently.

Although the show has now drawn to a close, for those thinking of travelling next year the venue is only 5km (approx 3 miles) from the airport, and 10km (approx 6 miles) from the city centre, although travel arrangements must be made by individuals as there are no shuttle buses etc as can be found at some shows.

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Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Florida, USA

Fort Lauderdale is a renowned show in America and thousands across the country have been eagerly awaiting its return this year for the 54th time.

Having opened this Thursday 31st October, exhibitors and visitors are expected to enjoy five days of boat related wonder in the ‘Yachting Capital of the World,’ Florida, USA.

The show will cover approximately 3 million square feet over six locations. There will be a variety of transport methods to travel between each site such as bus networks and water taxis. I would make sure you arrive early to allow enough time to explore each desirable site.

The show will hold a number of attractions for both adults and children making it a universally friendly event. These will include a number of seminars and ‘have a go’ clinics for all show goers. 

For children I would recommend the ‘Annual Kids Fishing Clinics’. This clinic invites children aged 5 – 16 to try fishing for the first time under instruction. I would expect this will be handled under a first come, first served basis with clinics open between 12pm – 2pm on Saturday and Sunday ONLY. 

Another area which caught my eye is the ‘Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show Seminars’ which I originally deduced from the description would be a variety of practical activities. However, upon closer inspection it seems to be centered around, well, seminars! Although, there is a ‘Scuba – get certified’ activity each afternoon which makes me think perhaps it’s a bit of both? Either way, there will be a look into a selection of marine art work, scuba, free diving, first aid and on both Saturday and Sunday there will be an hour slot dedicated to real life ‘at sea’ stories. That could mean anything? But I can only assume that mystery, in this case, is a good thing.

You may also find parties taking place throughout Fort Lauderdale. MIASF will be hosting a party between 3pm – 6pm on Saturday 2nd November with a special guest performance from Guitarist/Singer Jackopierce costing $10 admission to be donated to Marina Industry Cares (MICF).

Seafair are also presenting a luxury exhibition of art, jewelry and design for yacht and homes. This will be largely extended to the superyacht and naval architectural community. However, the public may be welcome dependent on the availability of space on board. Of course, this will be held on a 228′ megayacht which will be docked at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.

General admission will be from 10am to 7pm until the final day (Monday 4th November) when admission will close at 5pm.

Tickets are available online or at the gate for between $5 and $40 dependant on age and days. Please note tickets at the gate will be payable by cash only.

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PIMEX Phuket International Boat Show January 2014

As we prepare for Hanseboot – Hamburg International Boat Show this weekend, I have actually turned my attention to a few months ahead when the Pimex – Phuket International Boat Show will open for its 11th year.

The Thai show will be held at Royal Phuket Marina, Thailand from the 9th – 12th January, 2014 for an action packed in-water show.

As well as the in-water exhibition there will be a hall home to a number of exhibits from luxury cars and hot tubs to yacht charters and chandleries.

A new feature to the show will be a partnership with ‘Smart Property’ which will see a range of regional investment opportunities being brought to the exhibition hall. There really is something for everyone!

Interestingly, the show has decided to try and attract the Russian market and in order to encourage this it has been organised for at least two Russian language yachting magazines to be present at the show. With Phuket and PIMEX having had such a strong presence at the Russian DOMEXCO show, Moscow, it seems to be a natural progression for the markets to cross.

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