MDL Marinas has announced that Raymarine will return as title sponsor for the 2022 South Coast Boat Show at its flagship Ocean Village Marina, 6 – 8 May.
This is the third time that Raymarine has supported the Southampton based show, which is carefully curated to attract serious buyers. Raymarine will also be joining the growing line-up of landside exhibitors.
Richard Marsden, UK sales manager at Raymarine, said: “After a busy 2021 season it was great to see so many people getting on the water again, or for the first time. We cannot wait to present our state-of-the-art products and technologies which make boating safer and more accessible for everyone.”
With 70 plus new yachts, catamarans and powerboats on display, the 2022 South Coast Boat Show is set to be a ‘must attend’ event for anyone seriously considering purchasing a brand-new vessel for this season, or within the next six to 18 months.
“We are thrilled with how the South Coast Boat Show has grown over the last three years,” said Tim Mayer, sales and marketing director at MDL Marinas.
“The increasing success of the show is demonstrated by so many global boating brands returning to showcase their ranges, and Raymarine returning as title sponsor, having recognised the quality of the visitors being attracted to the show, and how this translates to genuine leads and direct boat sales.
“This year we are creating the most engaging atmosphere possible, introducing music and entertainment, to offer people a thoroughly enjoyable boat buying experience.”
New to the show this year is a Press and Preview Day on 6 May, with a dedicated media centre, sponsored by Dream Yacht Sales and Charters, in The Needles event room of the 5* Southampton Harbour Hotel.
The hotel is adjacent to the boat show’s two exhibition areas, making it an ideal focal point for the media. Light refreshments, free WiFi and laptop/phone charging facilities will be available from 08.30 – 17.30. Bookings is not essential, but prior arrangements can be made by contacting Maxine Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offering owners and potential boat owners a cost-effective way to combine owning a boat and sailing all over the world, Dream Yacht Sales and Charter will also be exhibiting for the first time.
“By purchasing a yacht and placing it in our fleet, owners are able to enjoy 10 to 12 weeks sailing each year from an unrivalled choice of 40 worldwide sailing destinations, whilst benefiting from zero operating costs and generous income,” said Andy Byham, director of Dream Yacht UK.
“Plus, there is an extensive choice of boats from leading manufacturers including Beneteau, Lagoon, Fountain Pajot, Jeanneau, Bali and Dufour. We see chartering, for many, as the first step on the ladder to purchasing their own boat. And with so many of the brands we offer for both charter and purchase available to view at the South Coast Boat Show, there’s no better time to meet our team and understand the fantastic opportunities available.”
Tying up alongside for the duration of the show, Ocean Youth Trust South’s sail training vessel Prolific will be welcoming on board exhibitors and visitors alike for refreshments, including tea, coffee, and bacon butties. All proceeds will go to the OYT (South), one of MDL’s chosen charities, to help continue its valuable work in offering life-changing voyages to young people, often vulnerable or disadvantaged, aged 12-15 years.
Space in the marina is now very limited, with the global brands showcasing their models on the water now including: Arcona, Axopar, Beneteau Power and Sail, Broadblue Catamarans, Dehler, Dragonfly Trimarans, Dufour Yachts, Fjord, Fountaine Pajot, Galeon Yachts, Grand Soleil, GT Yachts, Hanse, Hylas, J/Boats, Jeanneau, Lagoon Catamarans, Moody, Nautitech, Nord Star, Princess, Saxdor, Sealine, Sea Ray, Seaward, Solaris, Sunseeker, Viko and X-Yachts.
Doubling in size this year due to popular demand, the shore side exhibitor space is filling up fast. Businesses already confirmed include: Boxmarine, Dream Yacht Charters, Elite Teak, Freedom Boat Club, General Yachting & Leisure Finance, JDK Marine, Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, Raymarine UK, Ship Shape Bedding, Vanclaes Stainless Steel Boat Trailers and Velo E-Mopeds.
Visitor attendance at the show is free, with registration now open on the South Coast Boat Show page at https://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/scbs. Appointments to view specific boats on display can be made directly with the yacht broker.