It was a great pleasure to represent Boats and Outboards, Boatshop24 UK and Boatshop24 Europe last Saturday 1st April at Brighton Marina’s Boat Show, hosted by Premier Marinas.
On the day of the boat show, the weather was fantastic and as Brighton Marina is an extraordinary place, with so many activities going on, it is very difficult not to find something for everyone. I was very much looking forward to enjoying the boat show and meeting new and old clients alike.
My first point of call was to introduce myself to Nickys Chandlery, on the East Lockside; a very impressive chandlers and a great asset to the marina. The staff were knowledgeable and incredibly helpful with all aspects. Amongst their huge range of everyday ‘must haves’, they even have a sail store where clients can winter their sails to eliminate damage over the winter months.
It was impressive to see the demonstration of a life raft being inflated and alongside this a flare disposal service was carried out. I was amazed that over 760 flares were handed in, including the most bizarre; a drain flare! Nickys Chandlery definitely went the extra mile hosting a life jacket clinic with over 40 attendees and splicing courses that were also well attended.
Foldable Rib have a very interesting concept to the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) market, with what I can see as nothing other than an absolutely quality product. This was endorsed by the fact that they sold a couple of models, namely the 275 and 330. I was intrigued with the model that is designed for anglers, as it has a bivvy attached so that you can comfortably fish for long sessions and even overnight. I look forward to seeing more and more of these quality RIBs.
Brighton Boat Sales, a PWC dealership for Yamaha, also offers a full boat brokerage for new and used boats. As well as the PWCs, they also carry stock of the well renowned Sea Ray boats. I was impressed with the diversity of boats in the used brokerage range and as an angler the Jeanneau Merry Fisher boats caught my eye immediately. On the bridge is Paul, an experienced boat broker who is happy to spend time with potential clients, making sure their purchase fits with their requirements.
Boatshed Brighton and David Mowatt a representative for RIB X was proudly displaying the impressive looking new Rib X Classix. This RIB, priced at the entry level of £29k, will appeal to a large target audience and is without doubt going to be a huge seller, albeit I saw an off the shelf model that you can have custom designed.
Bates Wharf Eastbourne from neighbouring Sovereign Harbour was in attendance and speaking to Alan, their brokerage manager, I understand that the Beneteau Antares boats gained interest from potential clients. Brighton is a well known fishing ground on the south coast and a lot of the boats in the marina are owned by pleasure anglers.
Blackrock Yachting a member of Network Yacht Brokers were also displaying boats on pontoon 19. The Merry Fishers grabbed attention, which is no surprise with so many anglers living and visiting this area. Network Yacht Brokers are a fantastic group of companies and I would strongly recommend using their services.
I would like to mention that Brighton Marina is more than just a place to berth your boat. I visited the show on Saturday with my wife and two young children and we were amazed at the amount of attractions there are to complement your visit. We had lunch at MOD Pizza, a new restaurant chain that originated from Chicago. The food and service was second to none and the options I think are nearly endless. Troy the Manager also made us feel extremely welcome. It can be daunting walking into a new food chain not knowing what to expect, but everything was explained to us and the pizzas were without doubt the finest I had ever eaten!
I would like to thank Lizzie Mitchell from Premier Marinas for inviting us and I look forward to visiting Southsea Marina on the 6th May to enjoy the Fishing Show.
Article written by Colin Etherington, Senior Sales Advisor Boats and Outboards.