In just under two weeks, the fourth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker will return to our shores from its award-winning home, Poole Quay Boat Haven. With over 30,000 people in attendance in 2017, the show continues to be the biggest-ever free to attend boat show on the south coast.
Running from the 8th to 10th June, the three-day extravaganza will transform Poole Quay to bring together a spectacular showcase of celebrity-style yachts, motor cruisers, tall ships, marine equipment, water sports gear and clothing. With ‘Try a Boat’ taster sessions and daring on-water demonstrations, as well as a programme of spectacular free family entertainment, the weekend really will have something for everyone!
Whilst most other boat shows charge for entry, Poole continues to be free to attend.
“Open access attracts not only enthusiasts but also those that are new to the market place, keen to find out how to sail, and to learn which boats and watersports suit their lifestyle in a relaxed and approachable format,” said Kerrie Gray, manager of Poole Quay Boat Haven.
Support from exhibitors continues to gain momentum year on year, and Quayside bookings are up 10 per cent on this time last year, with a strong mix of past and new brands including Weird Fish, Ray Marine and Yamaha. See the full list of Quayside exhibitors here.
The marina exhibitors have also exceeded expectations with all berths selling out by mid- January! To keep up with demand, the boat show team reconfigured the marina space available to make room for extra vessels, resulting in the marina’s 2018 exhibition being bigger and better than ever.
Marina exhibitors for 2018 include Sunseeker, Princess, Bayliner, Invictus Yachts UK, Hylas Yachts, Cobra Ribs and Clipper Marine, who will be launching the NEW Bavaria C45 Yacht in the UK for the first time. See the full list of Marina Exhibitors here.
Jim Stewart, Poole Harbour Commissioners added: “The weekend is jam-packed with on- water activities this year - which will give visitors a fantastic opportunity to have a go at a new sport, watch the racing and discover how organisations like the RNLI train and work. And once again we anticipate a large audience for the celebratory fireworks.”
Jim continues: “With such a wide range of exhibits, displays and attractions we can truly say that there is something for everyone at this year’s show. Whether you’re young or old, an experienced sailor or complete novice, even if you’re someone that likes to keep their feet firmly on dry ground, we are confident that you will thoroughly enjoy your visit.”
The Poole Harbour Boat Show in association with Sunseeker is FREE to attend and is open between 10:00 to 18:00 on Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June 2018.