Boutique favourite the Sandbanks Boat Show draws to a close
Sad news was announced this week by Salterns Marina and Salterns Brokerage, that their award-winning Sandbanks Boat Show – the largest boat show in Dorset - will not be going ahead in 2015.
The organisers have said that after four successful years “it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep things fresh and diverse, not to mention limited space within our marina”.
Sandbanks Boat show was a forefunner of the ‘boutique’ format for regional boat shows, and in recent years other marinas have been following the same successful format. The most recent being Poole Quay Boat Haven announcing they will be hosting their own event over the same weekend as the Sandbanks Boat Show; 9th -10th May.
End of a unique and popular event
Nick Smith, Managing Director said: “There is clearly no room for two shows to be held in such close proximity which would only dilute the standard of show that we aspire to. It may come as a blow to many exhibitors and visitors alike that our highly successful show comes to a close. We’d like to thank all who have taken part and supported us, gaining great sales and exposure over the four years we’ve been running this unique and popular event.”
Smith pointed out that Poole Quay Boat Haven was originally designed as a visitors marina and Poole Quay is a fitting venue to host such a show. “It’s important for us and the marine trade to have a show which not only caters for the hard-core marine customer but also introduce and attract new and fresh faces to boating, perhaps for the very first time,” he said. “As dealers for many well-known boating brands including Cranchi, Sealegs, Orkney, Sea-Doo plus inboard/outboard engines and accessories, Salterns will continue to promote these products at various shows and events throughout next year.”
Sandbanks Boat Show attracted high quality visitors over the years.
For 2014 visitors were treated to a stunning line up of over 70 new boats on display including an exciting mix of ‘Best of British’ manufactured boats. On show were high-end motor yachts from Broom, Cockwells, Fairline, Princess and from Poole’s home turf Sunseeker.
This show was a firmly established event on the boating calendar bringing an extensive and unprecedented mix of sports cruisers, high performance craft, fishing boats, ribs and jet skis to the attention of boating enthusiasts. As a showcase for beautiful boats, the Sandbanks Boat Show will be greatly missed by the industry and the general public alike.