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British Marine, the membership organisation for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, welcomed Mark Garnier MP to the London Boat Show today to continue the successful working relationship between government and industry. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade took the opportunity to meet with British Marine members and exhibitors to discuss further trade opportunities for marine.

This visit follows a recent meeting that British Marine and its members held recently with the Department for International Trade to discuss what support government can give the industry. Representatives from 10 member companies met with the Minister in Westminster to discuss the development of future overseas markets, priorities for the sector and how to maintain high skill levels in the marine industry to ensure its continuing growth.

During his visit to the Show, Minister Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest, met with British Marine members Seaglaze, Marlow Ropes and English Braids, Williams Jet Tenders and Princess Yachts. The Minister also took time to speak with students taking part in the Superyacht UK Young Designers Competition before heading on to meet with several delegates that took part in the British Marine ‘Meet the Buyer’ programme. Meet the Buyer, in association with IBI and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), held at the London Boat Show from 12-13 January, is an annual event offering UK suppliers of marine products and services a chance to network with a range of buyers, from overseas boatbuilders to distributors, who are flown in from across the globe.

International Trade Minister Mark Garnier said: “The London Boat Show is an iconic event that provides a vital platform to showcase the very best of British marine engineering and manufacturing.

“Our UK marine industry is world-class, with the superyacht and leisure marine sector alone generating over £895 million each year, almost a third of total UK marine export revenue. The Department for International Trade will continue to work with British Marine to support this sector by helping new and existing exporters to realise their international potential.

Howard Pridding, Chief Executive Officer said: “We were delighted to continue our working relationship with Mark Garnier MP by welcoming him here to the Show. Member companies have taken the chance to further the Minister’s understanding of the strength of this £3.01bn industry, which has just announced a fifth consecutive year of growth.

“Our industry has a strong export record and I welcomed the opportunity to brief the Minister at a time when the Government is developing an industrial strategy and to further discuss how we can work collaboratively with Government to continue this export success.”

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Actress Joanna Lumley OBE opened today's 2017 London Boat Show at Excel. The Capital city's iconic Show has over 300 exhibitors showcasing the best the marine world has to offer, anticipated debuts to the World and European stage, as well as exciting new attractions. Ireland's MGM Boats has a stand at the ten day show featuring a range of brokerage boats.

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Lucy Watson launched the 62nd London Boat Show at ExCeL London, which runs from 8-17th January 2016, aboard the Sunseeker 131, the largest boat ever launched at the show, priced at around £16M. Ireland is represented at the show by a new Irish Marine Federation backed stand.

Two of the UK’s most luxurious yachts, the Princess 60 and Princess V58 Open, sailed down the Thames this week on their way to ExCeL London in preparation for the London Boat Show. Kicking off today,  8 January 2016, the prestigious Show is the first event of the year in the global boating calendar.

The exceptional Princess 60 and Princess V58 Open are amongst some of the biggest boats that will be seen at the London Boat Show in January and are hand crafted in Plymouth by one of the world’s largest shipyards, Princess Yachts. Once the boats arrive at ExCeL London, a specially constructed crane, will lift the huge luxury motor yachts out of the water, before placing them on the back of lorries so that they can be driven into the Show hall. Over the coming days, a further 18 boats will arrive at the London Boat Show via the historic waterways of the Thames, past iconic landmarks, before being hoisted out of the water at the Royal Victoria Dock. Hundreds of boats will also arrive in the capital by road, bringing the total at the Show to almost 400.

The London Boat Show takes place from 8 -17 January 2016 at ExCeL London

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The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) is promoting a necklace of over 60 Irish coastal marinas and pontoons as a central theme of its London Boat Show promotion that opens at ExCeL in London's Docklands on Friday morning.

As Afloat.ie reported previously, the Irish trade body is supporting the Irish Marina Operators Association (IMOA) who are keen to attract more visiting UK boats to Ireland this Summer. Eight Irish marinas have made the 'voyage' to London to promote their coastal facilties to the estimated 100,000 UK boating enthusiasts that will visit the international show over the next ten days. 

Marinas from Eight Irish Counties Represented

Dublin marinas at Dun Laoghaire and Malahide and Cork Harbour Marinas at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven along with Greystones marina in Couty Wicklow, Carlingford marina in County Louth and Kilrush Marina in County Clare, Kimore Quay in Wexford and Fenit in County Kerry are among Irish marina representatives manning the Irish stand. 'The aim is to assist UK visitors planning a trip across the Irish sea this Summer to enjoy the full benefits of the Irish coast' says IMF Board Member Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats who has co–ordinated the Irish stand and hopes it will be the start of a regular appearance for Ireland at the International exhibition. 

 

Lucy Watson, star of hit Channel 4 series ‘Made in Chelsea’, will open the 62nd annual London Boat Show at 11am oin Friday.

Thousands of boats and brands will be showcased at the event all from leading British and international companies. Exhibitors will range from world-class boat builders through to fashion, travel operators and watersports companies – ensuring there is something for everyone.

Spectacular Show attractions will include a Mediterranean Bay with waterfront cafés and a specially built pool hosting live demonstrations. There will also be hundreds of boats to climb aboard, a 60’s Revival showcasing boating highlights from the era, and themed discussions led by industry experts in the London Boat Show Theatre.  

Last March, The Irish Marine Federation (IMF) met in Dublin to address priorities for the marine leisure industry after what has been a torrid time for marine trades in Ireland.

In a notice to members, Federation Chairman David O'Brien said 'like all small businesses, the IMF is building anew after recession'.

In a cautious note of optimism, O'Brien added 'Although it still remains to be seen if we really have 'turned a corner', as our politicians like to tell us, nothing can stay dormant indefinitely.

The IMF, who organises the National Boat Show, expects new opportunities to arise as the economy improves and consumer confidence grows.

Salmon also hopes to recruit new members for the IMF in London: 'The purpose of the stand is to highlight the benefits of being a member of the IMF in the absence of any planned events for any of our members in Ireland. The London show is the only international marine orientated event that is close to Ireland and one which attracts a number of Irish clients and companies'.

Members and non-members are most welcome to call by the stand F046, conveniently located near the Guinness stand.

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The London Boat Show returns to the British capital's ExCeL this Friday and promises much awaited new launches and innovations, a '60s Revival, Mediterranean Bay and a plush Sunseeker Champagne Bar. As Afloat reported previously, among Irish interest at the show is an Irish Marine Federation stand that aims to promote Irish marinas and harbours to the UK market. 

The 62nd annual London Boat Show, takes place from 8 – 17 January at ExCeL London and promises a fantastic day out with lots of boats on display and entertainment for everyone.

You can explore the world of boating, see the latest trends, technologies and innovations, experience show-stopping attractions and have a tipple at the Sunseeker Champagne Bar – all at the heart of one of the world’s most pioneering capital cities.

The 10-day event – spread over the equivalent of six full-sized football pitches – will kick-start the 2016 boating calendar by hosting over 300 marine brands and showcasing thousands of products, services and boats from leading British and international companies. Exhibitors will range from world-class boat builders through to fashion, travel operators and watersports companies – ensuring there is something for everyone.

New features for this year’s event include the ‘60s Revival’ attraction which will transport visitors back to the Swinging Sixties – an era that saw the first man to walk on the moon, The Beatles, the arrival of the Mirror Dinghy, and Sir Francis Chichester becoming the first person to sail singlehanded around the world by the clipper route.

Also new for 2016 is the ‘Mediterranean Bay’, a purpose built pool featuring water sports demonstrations, opportunities to get out on the water, and the chance to learn how to moor a boat in a typically tight Mediterranean-style berth; and ‘The London Boat Show Theatre’ which will feature some of the world’s boating experts talking on topics ranging from technology and innovations, to engine maintenance and around the world expeditions.

Exhibitors include: Bavaria, Beneteau, Hobo Yachting, Sealine, Princess Yachts, Sunsail, Sunseeker International

Tickets: Advance tickets start from £10, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult. Additional concessions are also available.

For more information visit: www.londonboatshow.com

 

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#londonboatshow – Strong opening weekend visitor numbers are a positive feature of the London Boat Show that has already produced some early sales results for two Irish yacht brokers at the Xcel–based event in East London.

Last year's event pulled in around 90,000 visitors. This year – the 61st show – organisers are hoping numbers will top 100,000.

'There is a definite sense of confidence around the place and the public are very upbeat about the year ahead', Irish broker Martin Salmon of MGM Boats told Afloat.ie from the firm's dedicated brokerage stand in Xcel.

For the Irish marine trade London has traditonally been a calendar highlight. 2015 is no exception with at least three Irish based deals done on the opening weekend.

Along with Boot Dussledorf, where attendance is expected to top 250,000 later this month, the London boat show is a key player in the global leisure boating industry, generating annual revenue of £3bn, and the show is the home base for a number of world-renowned UK brands, including Fairline Boats and Sunseeker.

Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger (pictured below) drew the biggest crowd of the opening day by far last Friday when she sang on the Sunseeker International stand. Sunseeker's Predator 57 (starting price £815,000) is launching at the show.

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'The overall attendance is up 7% on last year and on our stand we are up 20% in enquiries and boats to list', Salmon told Afloat.ie

Salmon says the second hand market is still thriving in Europe. 'Boat shoppers are putting value for money at the top of the list and the demand for quality used boats is still growing' he said.

 

This year MGM has installed interactive screens on their purpose built stand located next to the Guinness stand so visitors can help themselves and browse through boat technical specs and photo/video galleries and it is proving to be a big hit. 

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BJ Marine's Group Sales Manager James Kirwan (left) and Mike Caplan of BJ Marine Pwllheli on the Beneteau stand, with an Oceanis 35 bound for Ireland in the background

James Kirwan of County Wicklow firm BJ Marine of Greystones is reporting 'massive' interest at the French Beneteau stand, a brand his company represents in Ireland. 'Both the new Beneteau Oceanis 35 and 55 have been of particular interest given their 'unique layout and the finish quality' says Kirwan.

Kirwan is reporting two deals done in just the first few days of the ten day show.

On the motorboat side, BJ Marine has excellent Antares Outboard model deals and the MC5 is making its London debut and is 'turning heads in a big way', according to Kirwan.

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'Our new BJ Marine Welsh office in Pwllheli is giving us an increased brokerage offering too for those talking to us about second hand boats'.

Likewise for MGM with their French brand, Jeanneau. The new Sun Odyssey 349 is attracting a lot of interest (at €122,000.00 Inc Vat on the water).

The new Velacso 37 is the star of the motorboat stand and is now the new entry level flybridge in the range.

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MGM also handle Aquador in Ireland and this stand is always busy at this show due to the popularity of the brand in the UK and the 22C and 28C has gone down very well again, according to Salmon. 'The 28C was sold yesterday and we are working on some very strong leads and we should see some further orders throughout the week' he said.

77 debut boats confirmed

The Show will host world firsts from across the marine industry. The Ribeye PRIME, Bavaria Sport 400, Williams Sportjet 520 and Haines 360 will dazzle power enthusiasts whilst the sailing industry will witness the launch of the Dauntless Oyster 500.

For those looking for the latest in luxury yachts aswell as the world launch of the Sunseeker Predator 57 there will be Fairline's unveiling of the Shadow S, the first of its eight new models to be launched over the next three years. 

 

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#londonobatshow – A first for tomorrow's London Boat Show is the real-time build of a 5.9m sailing catamaran with a cutting-edge hydrofoil system developed by Southampton Solent University. Afloat first reported on the new British foiling cat last September when she made her UK debut.

The first production model of the 'Solent Whisper', which has already turned heads at both the PSP Southampton Boat Show and the Paris International Boat Show, will take shape before the eyes of the media and the public. The retail version of the craft, which comfortably achieves over 25 knots and incorporates a revolutionary new hydrofoil system, is being manufactured by White Formula UK Ltd.

Helena Lucas, Paralympic Gold medallist and graduate of Southampton Solent University, has sailed the prototype boat and will be on hand at The Datatag Lab to help 'launch' the catamaran building activities on Friday 9 January at 1.45pm.

Visitors will be able to watch all the stages of production from the preparation of the moulds, to the final infusion of resin into the carbon fibre of the boat.

The new hydrofoil technology is the brainchild of Ron Price, a Southampton Solent University yacht and powercraft design graduate who is now Senior Lecturer in Naval Architecture at the University's Warsash Maritime Academy.

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#mgmboats – Irish boat firm MGM Boats has proved a big hit with its boats for sale stand at this week's London Boat Show, according to managing director of the Dun Laoghaire company, Gerry Salmon.

Salmon says clients are looking for more from a broker these days than just a simple website listing, his advice comes at a time when the UK boat market is in a state of flux, according to one UK Trade Association

"Web sites are great, and we all need them in business, but you still have to engage your clients face to face", Salmon told Afloat.ie

The Irish company has the biggest brokerage stand at the British marine showcase event at the EXCEL centre in London's docklands. 

The MGM brokerage stand has had an average of 100 inquires a day since last Saturday. Salmon says he has had to put on extra staff to cope with demand.

"We get the listings because the clients see the level of commitment we give their boat as well as the web site marketing we do" Says Salmon.

Aswell as a base in Dun Laoghaire, MGM boats also has offices in Portugal, Belfast, Cork and on the UK south coast on the Hamble.

Encouragingly, there is a real buzz of activity at the 2014 show. 'we have had more Irish visitors to our stand this year ,than in the past five years. It's great to see our clients showing confidence and optimism. Bring on 2014" he concludes.

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#londonboatshow – There's no time to waste to get your ticket! This year's London Boat Show is shaping up nicely with 63 debut launches (and more in the pipeline). Among the exhibitors are Irish firms BJ Marine and MGM boats. 

All new to the UK is the Spitfire 18 and the Bavaria Cruiser 37 as well as brands making a welcome return including Volvo, Honda and Jeanneau. Plus Sir Ben Ainslie will be at the Show on January 8th with his J.P. Morgan BAR AC 45, which will be there every day.

Bowthrusters, dieseljets, Z-drives, hydraulic steering, modular cockpits and resin infused hulls are just some of the powerboating and motoryachting specifications that you can find at the Show. If you are looking to upgrade your boat or make that first time purchase there will be hundreds of new boat models with innovative designs and the latest technologies on display.

And if renovation or restoration is what you have in mind, then the Show has experts in every field of the industry to guide you each step of the way.

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Unique learning experiences such as traditional wooden boat building techniques through to choosing the right sail cloth and joining a club.

Cruising yachts, racing dinghies, multihulls and trailer sailors along with specialist advice all in one place, guarantees the Show has something not just for you but for all of your family and sailing friends.

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#londonboatshow –  For the first time ever sailing and fine art come together in an opening regatta live at the Show. For three days Fine Art Sails, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between world class yachting and internationally acclaimed fine artists, will descend on the Show at ExCeL to bring something truly different and exciting for spectators and Show visitors.

On Friday 18 through to Sunday 20 January 2013, ten Star class keelboats will take to the waters of the Royal Victoria Docks, outside the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, to race in the introductory CNM Estates UK Star Championships.

The Olympic class boats, which were recently seen on the waters of Weymouth & Portland at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be racing with a difference. Each mainsail will be completely covered in artwork by international artists such as Samantha Cameron's favourite EINE, Jaime Gili, INSA, Eley Kishimoto and MEAR ONE.

Over 18 renowned Olympic and World champion sailors, boasting up to 10 Olympic medals among them will be taking part in the regatta including triple Olympic medallist Iain Percy, double Olympic medallist Andrew Simpson and Olympic medallists Pippa Wilson, Ian Walker, Mark Covell, Michael McIntyre and Bryn Vaile.

Murray Ellis MD of National Boat Shows said: "We are delighted to be working with Fine Arts Sails to be hosting this inaugural regatta at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. This event will be a great complement to the Show adding a special attraction for Show visitors. For anyone who loves sailing and racing this is a fantastic opportunity to go onto the dock edge to watch the live racing. It was seen recently at the Olympic Games how popular sailing is as a spectator sport and this event brings something exciting and new that can be seen at the Show."

CNM Estates, led by Property Entrepreneur Michael Ross, are proudly sponsoring the event. Mr. Ross, founder of Fine Art Sails, speaking of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show Fine Art Sails event said: "This is such an exciting and original collaboration between two such unlikely bedfellows, I am delighted to have conceived an idea that has caught the imagination of both the sailing and the fine art communities. I anticipate a rather unique battle between these fiercely competitive sailors as they bid to sail under their favourite artist".

The spectacle of these boats on the doorstep of the Show racing and displaying fine art will appeal to many whether you are a sailing enthusiast, art fanatic or sports addict. Continuing the high spirits from this year's sailing events at the Games this event is sure to bring another element to the legacy of sailing.

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