Sandbanks Boat Show 2014

Sandbanks Boat Show

The sun shines on Salterns Marina at the Sandbanks Boat Show as positivity and growth returns to the industry

Visitors to the Sandbanks Boat Show this weekend were wowed by the variety of boating brands and marine products on show at Salterns Marina in the stunning Poole Harbour in Dorset. Gracing the marina were some of the finest luxury high-end British motor yachts ranging from Fairline, Princess, Broom and Sunseeker to an extensive and unprecedented mix of sports cruisers, high performance craft, fishing boats, ribs and jet skis.

There was much to see and do. The RNLI was in attendance, hosting a free lifejacket clinic and giving vital safety advice. There was an opportunity to ‘win a berth’, courtesy of Salterns Marina, worth up to £13,000.

The film crew for the new series of Ben Fogle’s ITV programme, Harbour Lives, were on site too filming the weekend’s activity and action and using the opportunity to meet boat owners, buyers and people in the trade and capturing how important boating is to the area’s economy.

Jon Eads, Director of the Salterns Group said, “We are really delighted with the success that the Sandbanks Boat Show has enjoyed this weekend. We’ve had an excellent, steady footfall of visitors. I understand from many of the exhibitors that boats and equipment have been sold and that a significant number of good enquiries have been received. It’s certainly been a great weekend for visitors and exhibitors alike.”

"People want to be on the water."

Jon continued, “Boat shows are hugely important to the leisure marine industry and the smaller regional events such as ours definitely compliment the larger national boat shows held in January and September each year. For this show we are incredibly fortunate to be located in Poole Harbour which is without doubt one of the best boating locations on the South Coast. “

Jon reflected on recent years and said, “The Marine industry has suffered over the last 5 years but this year we are seeing much more positivity returning and confidence is certainly growing. People want to be on the water.”

“I would like to thank Poole based company, Coleman Insurance Brokers who kindly sponsored our exhibitors BBQ and drinks reception on Saturday evening. It was a fantastic end to day one of our event and an excellent way for our exhibitors to network with colleagues in the industry. Salterns Marina Ltd and Brokerage provides and sells boats and it’s good to be working and partnered with Coleman. They are an important element to our business and it’s good to have them represented at the boat show and to be able to interact with them face to face.”

Tony Pauffley, Yacht Development Executive at Coleman Insurance Brokers said, “I am really pleased to be here supporting our marine trade customers. At Coleman we feel strongly that spending time with boat owners in their leisure time is very valuable and important in order to build long term relationships. It’s great to be engaging with the new generation of boat owners.“

Tony added, “The UK’s global dominance of financial insurance markets really helps Coleman Insurance Brokers. The market is definitely expanding and we have recently been placing business far afield.”

Coleman and Coleman Insurance Brokers are trading styles of E Coleman & Co Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. www.colemaninsurance.co.uk

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