Northern Boat Show set to inspire boating fans
The famous Mersey Ferry will be well and truly overshadowed this June. The inaugural Northern Boat Show is set to host an impressive line-up of power boats, cruisers, narrow boats, sailing boats and marine businesses that will transform Liverpool’s waterfront into a boat-lovers paradise.
Event organizer Carnah Events has brought together big name boat brands, boating expertise and a great mix of specialist marine suppliers, to ensure the Northern Boat Show will be the perfect accompaniment to The Mersey River Festival, which was a huge success in 2014.
The three-day boating extravaganza takes place in Liverpool from June 5th to 7th, and it’s hoped this exiting new event will pave the way for future years. There will be around 150 exhibitors and 60 boats at the event, which is set to attract visitors in their thousands.
Richard Milbourn, Carnah Event Director, said; “Since we announced the boat show we’ve had a fantastic response, which just goes to show that there is a real appetite for this show in the North.” His aim is for the Northern Boat Show to cover every aspect of the leisure marine industry from boat builders, sail makers, chandlers and engine manufacturers to marine finance, clothing specialists and navigation equipment.
Boats on show
Leading yacht and motorboat brands Beneteau, Bavaria, Bayliner and Viking boats, will be on display, brought by exhibitors Maiden Marine, Windermere Aquatics, Clipper Marine and Preston Marina – with many more signing up. See videos of featured boats below.
There will be two traditional boats on the water from Character Boats - the Wind Hunter and a Post Boat (pictured above) - and visitors will enjoy beautiful narrow boats shown by Liverpool’s own Collingwood Boat Builders.
The craft of boat-building is being celebrated at the Northern Boat Show. A must-see is the vessel being shown by the Boat Building Academy - built on their courses. You can also chat to experts from the world’s premier sail maker, North Sails, and if motor boating is more your thing, pay a visit to the Yamaha motors stand – you’ll learn a lot from the world’s leading outboard motor manufacturer.
A big area of interest for boaters today is marine navigation technology, so exhibitor Raymarine will be popular. Raymarine provides high performance marine electronics for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets, from VHF radio and radar, to fishfinding systems, to satellite TV.
Other exhibitors include marine insurance specialist Pantaenius, WiFi Onboard, Marine Teak (image above), Jeckells Sails, Cruising Association, Liverpool Marina, Conwy Quays Marina, Hamble Point Charters and The Hungarian Guide.
Videos: You'll be able to see these boats at the show!
Bayliner 175 Bowrider
Bavaria - New Sport 400 COUPE
Beneteau - First 20 Sailboat
Historic docks to explore
Albert Dock is playing its part at the Northern Boat show too, hosting a land-based exhibition on the quayside next to Salthouse Dock. The land-based show will be free to all festival visitors and boat enthusiasts can purchase pontoon tickets to gain exclusive access to the boats on display in Albert Dock.
Albert Dock was originally built in the 1840s to accommodate sailing ships with a cargo capacity of up to 1,000 tons. Long after its heyday the area underwent massive regeneration in the 1980s. Today the Albert Dock is a major tourist attraction in the city of Liverpool and the most visited multi-use attraction in the UK, outside London. Attractions include The Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the Tate Liverpool art gallery.
So there’s plenty to see and do on the Liverpool waterfront this June. Best of all, the Northern Boat Show represents great value for money, with so much to see for free, and early bird tickets for one-day ‘Boarding Passes’ - access to great boats - at just £5 ( written April 29)
Book tickets here http://www.northernboatshow.co.uk/tickets
Article: Alison Clements
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