Britain’s best-loved boating festival, the Southampton Boat Show 2016, drew to a close on Sunday 25 September to a largely harmonious fanfare of approval from all concerned.
UK and international marine companies from the likes of Oyster Yachts, Bavaria, Princess Yachts, Broom, Sunseeker International, Raymarine and Fischer Panda chose the Southampton Boat Show as a platform for at least 33 global boat and product launches. Eight others made their European debuts, with 82 UK debuts and 40 new boats and products being welcomed over the duration of the ten-day event. In total, around 750 boats were on display, with more than 330 sail and powerboats down on the water on Europe’s largest purpose-built floating display.
More than 109,000 visitors kept the aisles buzzing and according to reports from exhibitors and sponsors, business was brisk. The show also appeared to continue its objective of increasing active participation in watersports, with more than 10,000 visitors taking advantage of the chance to get out on the water. People of all ages, with varying levels of experience, enjoyed options from Bumper Boats for young children right through to the unique chance to crew a 72-foot Round-The-World Ocean Race yacht.
Murray Ellis, British Marine Boat Shows MD, was upbeat about the event and believes it bodes well for the industry as a whole: “Some serious business has been achieved across most product sectors at this year’s show, including multi-million pound deals. Many companies have been reporting year on year increases from last year’s show. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to give exhibitors and visitors a terrific ten-day event, strengthening the show’s exceptional business reputation within the international boating calendar.”
To find out more about the show, its exhibitors and its plans as it moves towards its 50th anniversary, see Southampton Boat Show. Watch our video offerings from the show, including Princess V58 Deck Saloon video: first look and Cormate U23 R video: first look.