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Did Angling Show Mark the Return of New Boat Sales to Ireland?

19th February 2018
A mix of Raider, Warrior, Beneteau and Bayliner marques up to 19–feet in length were on display at the Angling Show in Swords, representing the new home market in this category A mix of Raider, Warrior, Beneteau and Bayliner marques up to 19–feet in length were on display at the Angling Show in Swords, representing the new home market in this category Photo: Viking Marine

Irish boat sales firms will be eagerly anticipating a return to better times after a spate of interest from dealers in an early season consumer exhibition in Dublin.

A north Dublin Angling show, held last weekend, witnessed the start of a return of new motor boat sales in this country after a decade of little or no new boat sales activity.

A mix of Raider, Warrior, Beneteau and Bayliner marques up to 19–feet in length went on display, representing the new home market in this category.

BJ Marine from Greystones Marina billed the show at Cloghran as the venue for the 'UK and Ireland debut' of Beneteau's Barracuda 6 fishing boat, a new model with fixed doors and an enclosed wheelhouse.

James Kirwan Beneteau GreystonesBJ Marine's James Kirwan with one of the new Beneteau Barracuda 6 Sport fishing boats fitted with a 115hp Suzuki outboard engine, now in stock at its Greystones Harbour Marina base Photo: Afloat.ie

MGM Bayliner Element E5MGM's new Bayliner Element E5

Rival dealer MGM Boats were also at the Show, and they too were debuting a new model of similar size, a multi–use powerboat, the Bayliner Element E5.

There was a strong presence from Suzuki Outboard engines too with its Irish dealer Viking Marine also exhibiting as Afloat.ie reported here.

There has been no Irish Boat show at the traditional RDS venue in nine years and, until now, there has been little demand for same.

Few dealers have been carrying any stock to speak of and the 'marine high street' has been a lot less exotic than it was in, say 2006 at the height of the boom, when Irish Marine Federation members filled the RDS Simmonscourt Halls with over 100 exhibitors in one of the largest ever consumer exhibitions held in Ireland.

'It was great to be exhibiting at a domestic show again, complementing our usual international shows. We had huge numbers on board our Barracuda 6 and people loved the concept of the boat and the range. Plenty to follow up on this week but we would be very confident that there will be more new Beneteau Barracudas in Ireland as a result of the show', BJ Marine's James Kirwan told Afloat.ie

Last weekend in Cloghran may have been a long way from those heady days but from small acorns grow mighty oaks.  The hope must be that with an improving economy the Irish marine trade can now get back on its feet after a torrid few years at home.

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