London On-Water, the prestigious lifestyle and yachting exhibition, is aiming to make big changes in 2017. Hosted in one of the capital’s most attractive marina villages and set against the unique backdrop of Tower Bridge and the Tower Of London, it will operate with revised dates in early June and is promising an even more diverting display of dinghies, tenders, sports boats, sailing boats and motor yachts.
One of London On-Water’s most popular attractions from 2016, the Supercar Showcase, will return with exhibits from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Tesla and BMW, plus a few classic and vintage models. And the venue will also provide access to some fine cafés and restaurants, including the purpose-built ‘Pontoon Bar’ in the heart of the Central Dock, plus the Dicken’s Inn – a sprawling pub built in a converted 18th century waterfront warehouse.
This glamorous four-day summer showcase will also feature some striking new attractions for 2017 - like the ‘Mariner’s Retail Village’ on Marble Quay, where the full range of marine equipment, from clothing to coasters and anchors to echo-sounders will be available to buy; like the big-screen with its live coverage of the America’s Cup; and like the ‘Book a Sea Trial’ facility, which will enable pre-booked visitors to test boats of their choice out on the Thames.
As things stand, the key powerboat and motor yacht exhibitors are set to include Brig RIBs, the biggest selling leisure RIB in Europe; some multi-award winning Nordic speed machines from XO; a selection of big British luxury names, like Fairline Yachts, Sunseeker London, Sealine and Broom; and a range of other high-class exhibits from Chris Craft, Axopar, Beneateau, Bavaria and Nordhavn. Hardy Yachts will also be there, as will the ingenious Spanish yachts from Barcelona-based De Antonio. And in addition to some world-beating aluminium amphibious RIBs from Kiwi builder, Sealegs, there will also be some eminently capable four-season powerboats from Paragon Yachts.
The show will run from Thursday 08 to Sunday 11 June. Entry will be free of charge for the land-based exhibits and £5 per person (in support of Sailability) for the on-water displays. See London On-Water for more. Also see our guide to making the most of your boat show visit.