Leading marine, boating and lifestyle brands have rushed to reserve space at the 2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker, to be held from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd May.
Bookings are up on this time last year, with a mix of past exhibitors and new brands confirmed including Boston Whaler, Cobra Ribs, Jetski Safaris, JL Audio Marine, Monterey Boats, Princess, Regal, Ribeye, Sealine, Searay, Rockley Watersports, the RNLI, The Watersports Academy, Weird Fish, Windy Boats, Quay Holidays and many more.
The free show is hosted by the Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) and sponsored by Bates Wharf Marine Sales, Coleman Insurance, Elite Signs, Humphries Kirk law firm, PSP Logistics, Sibbett Gregory, Sunseeker and the Westover Group.
Aside from an extensive exhibition, the show will include on-the-water activities courtesy of the local yacht clubs, and the RNLI will be playing a key role across the weekend. The tall ship Pelican of London will also be alongside the Quay and open to the public at dedicated times.
The show will have a busy schedule of entertainment which includes live music on the Sunseeker Sessions music stage. Musicians include soul and jazz 11-piece band Harry Hammersmith and the Flyovers, the Sunseeker Renegades and The Mighty Trumpet Company. A fireworks display, sponsored by Sibbett Gregory, will take place on the Friday evening at dusk.
Jim Stewart, Poole Harbour Commissioners’ chief executive, said exhibitors have been quick to secure prime positions. “The Poole Harbour Boat Show, in association with Sunseeker, has gained momentum on its first year with many high profile firms signed up to exhibit this year and the boat show team are very pleased with the uptake so far. An abundance of exciting new products and innovations will be on display at the show.”
Held on Poole Quay and at the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven, the action will commence on Friday 20th May where quayside stands will be open to all from 1300 - 2000, and pontoon access will be by invitation only from 1200 - 2000. The show will then continue on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May from 10am to 6pm, with last access to the pontoons at 5.30pm.