The South Coast Boat Show was deemed a great success by both organisers and exhibitors, with nearly 700 appointments booked by 500 buyers over the three-day event.
The appointment only show was one of the first boat shows to take place in a physical format since the start of the pandemic. More than 50 innovative sail and power brands were on display in the water at MDL’s Ocean Village Marina, while the land-based exhibition area showcased smaller boats and supporting services such as gear, finance and insurance.
Ancasta International Boat Sales’ marketing director, Will Blair, said: “It was great to be able to get customers physically back on to boats again after so many months with no boat shows.
“The process to ensure visitors and staff were kept safe worked well and overall it was a successful weekend. The format of the South Coast Boat Show is one that is here to stay, focusing on buyers who appreciate the time and space to really explore their new yachts without queues and distractions.”
Tim Mayer, director of sales and marketing for show organiser MDL Marinas, added: “We worked closely with local stakeholders to ensure that the show could go ahead in a safe and secure manner. The event taking place, and its success, is a big boost to the leisure marine industry and will give confidence to marine companies and the general public that other shows and events planned for later in the year will also be successful.”
Returning to Ocean Village Marina in 2022 for a third time, the South Coast Boat Show will take place over 6 – 8 May.