As you will have seen, I have been tweeting away about PSP Southampton Boat Show over the last two weeks or so. Being British, I am a great lover of the British shows and therefore am pleased to say it went well. Organisers have reported yet another increase in attendance. A jaw dropping 111,963 visitors chose to attend over the 10 day show despite some questionable weather. It was great to see such support and I suspect this reflected positively on the overall sales at the show too.
This week must have been hectic for all the exhibitors returning home; possibly ferried by the boats that surrounded them throughout the 10 day show! But now it’s time to start organising handovers and possibly completing more sales for delivery in the Spring?
Moving on! Southampton is not the only place in the world celebrating its love of boats. Shows have been going on this week in Germany, Istanbul, Barcelona AND France.
Kicking off the weekend was the German show – INTERBOOT International Watersports Exhibition which is situated at The Lake of Constance, Friedrichshafen. Well known for its beautiful landscape the venue draws in a great number of watersports enthusiasts who are then able to share and experience the latest in watersports as well as encourage hundreds of new comers into the sport. With plenty of space for testing and demonstration this allows people to see the best of what is available and what is best suited to them. This show is ideal for anyone looking to discover or share a passion. With only a few days left, the show will close for the year on Sunday 29th September at 6pm.
Having opened on the same day as INTERBOOT, Istanbul International Boat Show opens its doors twice a year in both May and September. The show is located in Marinturk İstanbul City Port – Pendik and is expected to welcome around 80,000 visitors between the 21st and 29th September. It is said the show has expanded this year, providing more brands and more events throughout each day.
Looking at the floor plan for this years show, visitors will be pleased to find a full marina as well as buildings holding stands for equipment and other quirky things you tend to find at boat shows!
Barcelona International Boat Show, also known as, Salon Nautico opened for its 6 day show on Tuesday 24th September.
In its 52nd year the show has obviously proved popular with visitors and offers a wide range of canoes, kayaks, electronics, sail boats, power cruisers, dinghy, sail makers, chandlers, boat charter and much more!
Salon Nautico can be found in Port Vell, only 3 miles away from Barcelona city centre.
In such a great location and approaching 1000 boats to peruse this is a lovely show for buyers and onlookers alike.
Bringing ourselves up to date, Grand Pavois de la Rochelle began this morning (September 25th) and will be seeing us through until the end of the month.
Grand Pavois opened its 41st annual show with what seems to me to be a general industry/press day but is set to become much more interesting with a number of boat launches, sea trials and architectural talks scheduled each day.
The marina is well set out, allowing you to walk round happily without missing a thing!
A nice little touch to Grand Pavois is the ‘All at THE BEACH!’ section. This area allows visitors to gather and participate in a number of watersports using dayboats, kayaks, wakeboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing boards among other things in the 500m2 pool. Everything is provided FREE of charge and is supervised by instructors and is suitable for all abilities.
Surprisingly, that is not quite all the boat shows being held in the remainder of September. There will be two more shows both from the 26th – 29th September. Auckland On Water Boat Show – New Zealand’s and Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show – New Jersey, America.
But more on those next time…
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