In the event, more than 75,000 people visited Gunwharf Quays over the course of the three days, where all manner of marine exhibits lined the various boulevards. In addition, around 7,000 people visited the event pontoons, with many taking up the opportunity to get out on the water aboard the many floating exhibits. In fact the queues of people wanting to avail themselves of the Suzuki RIB Experience were such that the company stated they could have doubled their capacity and still not been able to keep pace with demand. Sales and serious enquiries of boats were encouraging too, with companies such as Ribquest, X-Pro Defender, Coastal-Pro, Ribeye, Excel Inflatables, C-Fury, Arctic Blue, Landau Marine and Raymarine all reporting healthy trade.

Powerboat and RIB Show 2012Hugo Montgomery-Swan, PBR Show Organiser and MD, was delighted with the way things went: “We see Gunwharf Quays as the UK’s premier waterside leisure complex. With 9.5 million people streaming through its gates each year, it affords an unrivalled opportunity for the marine industry to meet new people.”

He also believes the event is a useful model of the way a healthy marine showcase might be held in the future: “Traditional boat shows are continuing to suffer in the UK and it is the growing view of many that the old show model is no longer effective at introducing fresh faces into the fold. Our business plan is therefore all about taking the show to the people whilst at the same time providing a worthwhile and valuable show for those who are already keen boating enthusiasts and serious buyers. We have to introduce new people into boating and we believe this open format with its free entry, set within a high-volume, high-quality, public-orientated venue such as Gunwharf Quays, is the way forward”.

The Powerboat & RIB Show is plainly an event of huge potential and plans are already afoot for a bigger, better show in 2013. For enquiries, contact Hugo Montgomery-Swan on 01884 266100 or visit www.powerboatandribshow.com.

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