Following the success of the 2015 Gosport Boat Jumble, which saw the return of the event to this famous maritime hub after an absence of more than ten years, Gosport Marine Scene (GMS) has announced that the 2016 Boat Jumble will take place on Sunday 21st February 2016.
With the support of Gosport Borough Council, GMS has once again partnered with Chaddock and Fox Promotions, who manage boat jumble events around the country. Haslar Marina has donated the use of its car park for the event, which last year attracted more than 100 stallholders and traders, and welcomed thousands of visitors.
There are currently 34 boat jumbles in the UK calendar, running from late January right through to mid-November in areas as far-reaching as Kent, Cornwall, Northern Ireland and the west of Scotland. While Beaulieu remains the first, the most famous and, arguably, the most sophisticated of the jumbles, every one of the UK’s events gives you an opportunity to see a cross-section of local traders alongside privateers selling a whole range of new and used marine gear at the kinds of prices chandleries are unable to match. These one-day marine markets do tend to charge a small entry fee but you can easily make your money back with a bargain or two.
For this year’s Gosport Jumble, GMS is offering a limited number of free pitches to the region’s marine charities and organisations to help support interaction with the local community. So if you are looking to sell your secondhand sailing gear, you’re a local business introducing a new product or you’re seeking to promote membership of your club, then the Gosport Boat Jumble could be the ideal opportunity.
Bookings for the event are now being taken and application forms for a stand or car boot pitch are available from the Gosport Marine Scene website. You can also buy advance tickets for the event on the same website or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on the rest of the UK’s boat jumble calendar, visit the Boat Jumble Association.
For more sailing and boating equipment news on boats.com see: 20 hottest new items of sailing kit for 2016 and Clothing for winter boating: a guide.