Wales’ Boat Show was a “Splash Hit” and is ready to set sail for 2014

WALES’ first national boat show was a “splash hit” with thousands of sea-loving visitors and scores of exhibitors.

For 2014 based on feedback from the first show the main site will be staged at Conwy Quay Marina with a gateway at Conwy Harbour, included in the line-up of £4 million worth of world-class boats, there will be more boats plus a used boat zone of over 100 boats, a boat jumble on the harbour, chandlery and a range of water- and land-based activities – including wakeboarding, kayaking, stand up boards, wet jets and so much more…..

Among the exhibitors celebrating the show’s success last year was George Hill, brokerage manager of Bangor-based Dickies International, who sold two luxury motor yachts worth almost £80,000.

George said: “The first boat I sold was a Larson 29-footer with twin diesel power and four-berth accommodation.

“It went for £47,500 to a man from Malta who is now arranging to have it transported out to him by road next week.

“The second boat, which went for £29,000, was a Beneteau Antares 6, a sports fisher with a 110hp inboard diesel engine and two-berth accommodation. That was sold to a gentleman from Port Dinorwic.

“I’m very glad we decided to exhibit at the show, which has obviously been great for our business as selling two boats like this in a week is fantastic.”

Sunseeker Cheshire also returning showcased their £325,000 Portofino 40 last year. William Burns from the Sunseeker sales team said: “It’s been a very successful show for us. We’ve had several really strong enquiries from potential customers we will be following up.

“The sort of people we were seeing were those who already have a 35ft boat and were looking for something a little larger.

“As we have just opened a new office at Knutsford in Cheshire this show is just perfect for us to bring in potential customers from across the North West of England and Wales.

Scooping success at the other end of the marine leisure scale was Nestaway Boats of Christchurch in Dorset.

Managing director Ian Thomson said: “It’s was a good show for us and we sold one of our Nautiraid collapsible coracles, which are used for tendering out to yachts and retails for £1,650, on the first day.

“We came to the show because we knew there was a demand for our products in this part of the world which isn’t being serviced through boat shows like London or Southampton.”