Gallery: Dorset exhibitors report buoyant sales at 53rd Southampton International Boat Show


Dorset exhibitors at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show are reporting buoyant sales and strong order books.

The 53rd show – billed as Britain’s biggest sailing festival – kicked off on September 16 and runs until this Sunday, September 25.

To mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the entrance to the lounge hosts a tribute where visitors are encouraged to leave plastic-free flowers.

A timeline of the late monarch’s time in Southampton is also on display in the show while the Royal Navy has a memorial showcasing Queen Elizabeth II’s connection to the senior service over the years.

Attendees at this year’s show include marine practice based in Gallagher Poole.

Team members met with customers, industry partners and friends of the show.

Andrew Skinner, pictured, Marine Practice Manager at Poole, said: ‘For two decades we have been attending the Southampton Boat Show, it is the mainstay of our team boat show calendar each year.

“The show is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet old and new customers and learn about the latest industry trends.

“The team provides our clients with expert risk management advice and insurance covering everything from yachts and motorboats to maritime trade and commercial craft.

“As we attend the boat show again this year, we look forward to meeting our customers and being of service to them every day.

“It was great to see everyone exhibiting and attending such a hugely successful and enjoyable show.”

Reactions to this year’s event from the boating world include:

  • Steve Arkell, Chairman, Cobra Ribs, Christchurch, pictured right: “It’s a regular annual event for us. We have had the same location for three years, it works for us with excellent attendance. We’re probably hoping to make about 10-12 sales while we’re here. We are showing, for the first time, the Cobra 8.2 Nautique with heated seats. It is also a first for the 7m Nautique. We are based in Christchurch in our new premises, which have tripled in size over the past two years to keep up with demand. We now have a new dedicated service center, a specialized GRP facility and a new production facility. This is an investment of £1 million. It’s a busy time for us and the sales forecast looks good.
  • Bruce Hastie, Director of Finance and Insurance, Princess Yachts: “This boat show feels like it’s getting back to normal. The order book is strong, we have sold many models until the second half of 2023 and some models until 2024. Business is stable. We brought seven boats to the show, including the world premiere of the F65.
  • Richard Tilley, Senior Sales Broker at Sunseeker London and Commercial Director of Sunseeker Spain and Germany: “The show was good. I’ve had a lot of appointments pre-booked and they’re all coming! We have good conversations and we sell boats. We have a total of nine boats at the show, including the UK launch of the Predator 65.”
  • Richard Burnett, Business Development Manager, Golden Arrow Navy, Poole: “We are the UK distributor for Torqueedo, based next to the RNLI building in Poole. Torqueedo is the original supplier of electric boat propulsion systems; supply of outboard, inboard, pod drives and sail drives. From my point of view, I have never been so busy working in a boat show. I had so many interested customers who inquired. It’s good.”
  • Claire Bates, Sales Manager, Bates Wharf, Poole: “We are showcasing the Rand 24 Supreme and pushing electric motors here at the show. We have two electric boats on display that are eye-catching. There is currently a lot of interest in the electricity market.
  • Jon Ford, Brokerage Manager, Salterns Brokerage, Poole: “We are very pleased to represent Fairline in our capacity as ‘Fairline Poole Harbour’ for the first time at the Southampton Boat Show 2022. We are the newly appointed agent for Poole Harbor and welcome any enquiries. We particularly look forward the Fairline Targa 40 and Squadron 58 soon to be launched.
  • John Williams, Boat Building Academy graduate, Lyme Regis: “I graduated from the Boat Building Academy two years ago, a retirement gift I gave myself to join the academy, a course that takes place over a period of 40 weeks. This is the academy’s flagship course, which runs alongside their furniture course. Since graduating I have set up my own studio, based on the outskirts of Lyme Regis. I was previously a chartered engineer in the military aviation industry, but have been in and around sailing and yachts all my life. Being at the boat show is a great opportunity to show people what Boat Building Academy is all about and we have lots of conversations. I strongly recommend that you consult us via our website.
  • Nick Smith, MD, Salterns Marina, Poole: “I have attended the show for many years. Since the pandemic, it’s been great to welcome so many new faces to the boating industry. The marina has been full since the end of the first confinement and we have a waiting list on each berth size. We have experienced exceptional growth in all departments.

This year, the Southampton International Boat Show features hundreds of exhibitors, over 650 craft on display and a purpose-built marina with a host of other attractions plus food and drink.

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Gallery – Southampton International Boat Show. Photos of Kate Shaw, KTPR

Bruce Hastie, Princess Yachts; Jonathan Purvis, Gallagher.

Jon Ford, Salterns Brokerage; Kate Shaw, KTPR.

Jon Ford, Salterns Brokerage.

Jonathan Purvis, Gallagher; Richard Burnett, sailor of the Golden Arrow.

Jonathan Purvis, Gallagher; Dion de Hamer, Sunseeker Benelux; Brandon Brown, Sunseeker Mallorca.

Mark Paszyc, Offshore Performance Manager, Sea-Doo.

Russell Hayden, Salterns Brokerage; Mark Paszyc, Offshore Performance Manager, Sea-Doo.

Richard Tilley, Sunseeker London and Sunseeker Spain and Germany; Jamie Coombes, Sunseeker Torquay.

Claire Bates, Bates Wharf; Jonathan Purvis, Gallagher.

Mark Paszyc, Leah White, Robert Golden, Sophie Geddes and Nick Smith Salterns Marina.

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