Interest in the show has risen significantly year on year and this year all exhibitor berths in the marina were sold out with many first- time exhibitors at the how.
Tony Pauffley, Broking Manager, Yacht at Coleman Marine Insurance took time out to meet up and chat with many of the exhibitors attending the show.
The hugely successful event was officially opened by the Ocean Brothers, who have recently returned to the UK, following much positive acclaim for their inspiring trans- Atlantic Row. Ocean Brothers, Jude Massey and Dr Greg Bailey set off in January 2018 to row cross the Atlantic Ocean, to raise money for the British Skin Foundation. The brothers late father and step father passed away in August 2015 when Jude was age 16 after an arduous 16- year long battle with skin cancer.
On cutting the ribbon to announce the event open, Jude said: “The Poole Harbour Boat Show is a very special boat show to me. We were here last year, as exhibitors at the start of the Ocean Brothers fundraising campaign. We are now here opening the show, having raised over £100,000 and completed our row. It is mind blowing where we are now and where we were previously. It proves that hard work definitely pays off!”
Dr Greg Bailey, who is an A & E doctor in Leeds, enthused, “It is a real honour to be here opening the Show. We are very proud of having raised over £100,000 for the Peter Massey Skin Cancer Fund for the British Skin Foundation and I’m already looking forward to my next adventure! We’re hugely impressed at the variety of activities for adults and children at the Poole Harbour Boat Show. It’s going to be a great weekend!”
Sunseeker – “Showcasing the 74 Predator to keen and enthusiastic members of the public”
Colin Rowles, Sales Broker at Sunseeker Poole, was welcoming a constant stream of visitors, keen to step onto the Sunseeker model moored at the Show. Colin said, “We have the brand-new model of the 74 Predator here, open to the public to come and view. It retails at £3 million, including VAT. It’s 6 berth with 2 crew. We’ve had loads of interest from keen and enthusiastic members of the public visiting the show. It’s good to be able to showcase what we build locally at a local show. Sunseeker are also headline sponsors of the event and we are keen to support the PHBS and make sure that it’s a hugely successful event.”
PSP Logistics – “PHBS, great news for the region”
Shaun Parsons of PSP logistics is a regular to the show and speaking to Coleman’s Tony Pauffley commented, “We are an international freight forwarder and heavily involved in the marine industry on pleasure and commercial boats. The Isle of Wight Ferry which takes passengers from Portsmouth to Ryde was built in the Philippines and shipped by ourselves to the south coast.
“It’s really good to be visiting the PHBS and seeing it expand. It’s becoming an ever- important fixture on the south coast and it’s good to be connected to it. As a company we are expanding in to Dorset and we are keen to support events like this. We are using the newly opened South Quay and its new berth depth has been a great advantage, allowing us to bring in larger ships. We have recently opened our 2nd unit, in Dorset at Bournemouth airport.”
Bates Wharf Marine Sales – “Three sales made on day one”
Gavin Ellis, Brokerage Sales Manager said, “We’ve been instrumental in helping to set up the PHBS and this year we are showing 9 boats. We do believe, however, that the show needs to be in May in order to capture the start of the season’s demand.
At the end of day 1, Brokerage Sales Manager, Alan Knapp GM enthused, “We have sold three boats today, a Beneteau GT40, a brokerage Fairline Targa 38 and a Bayline Element E5. Interestingly two of the buyers were first time buyers.”
Gibbs Quay Boat Sales Ltd –“An opportunity to sell boats”
Sales Manager Callum Lovett said, “This is Gibbs Quay Boat Sales 4th year here. We have to come to the PHBS because it’s on our doorstep. The opportunity is definitely here to sell boats and typically every year we have sold at the Show and made some great contacts too.
“Buyers tend to be families looking for day boats. At this year’s PHBS we’re show casing the Monterey, Cobalt R5 and Cobalt CS22. We also have the Salpa’s – 20, 23 & 25 and the popular Grandezza 28. The Grandezza does well for us here. We sold one at the Show last year. We’re looking forward to a busy weekend and the sun staying out!”
Harbour Yachts – “The 2nd hand market is vibrant”
Alex Bardock of Poole based Harbour Yachts added, “This is such a great local event and provides us with an opportunity to meet other colleagues in the industry. We’re a used motor boats & yachts brokerage. It’s been a slow start to the year but we’re busy now. The 2nd hand market is vibrant. There’s good supply and turnover is quick so people keep coming back to us.”
CServe Ltd – “Boat repairs, restorations, insurance works, riggings and engines…”
CServe Ltd is located on the Creekmoor Industrial estate in Poole. MD Chris Somner chatted and advised, “We do boat repairs, restorations, insurance works, riggings and engines – from 8ft to 80ft.
“I’ve brought a Poole AB with me to the Show. It actually belongs to my 5 year old daughter. CServe sell lots of them at Parkstone Yacht Club. I’ve also brought along the ‘Panther’, which is a stunning 1930’s British Power Boat Company Gentleman’s Launch. We’ve also got a 1960’s Riva Florida called Calypso which we rebuilt last year after finding in a barn in Henley! It’s grabbing loads of attention from show visitors because it’s a real proper classic. It’s been meticulously renovated.”
Chris added, “Being at the PHBS is about networking and showing people what we can do. We’re not selling boats here but our services.
Clipper Marine Ltd – “A flag waving and relationship building event”
Peter Keats, Brokerage Sales Manager at Clipper Marine Ltd said, “It is wonderful to be here. It’s a free show and has a more intimate atmosphere than other international shows. It gives us an opportunity to meet our local customers and business colleagues and competitors. It’s a real flag waving and relationship building event for us. We are showing new Bavaria Yachts and powerboats. We usually get good leads here that in time have turned in to sales.
River Shack Boats – “Designed for tidal areas…”
Will Eveleigh is the founder of River Shack Boats. He commented, “We are the UK dealer for Silver Boats based in Christchurch and also a brokerage dealer. It’s our first time here in Poole. We thought that, as locals, it was a good thing to do a local show. Everyone here seems to know each other. It’s really nice and just like a big get together and an excellent networking exercise and opportunity. Our boats are slightly unique as they’re aluminium hull and GRP super structure. They’re attracting attention as our boats are different – they’re designed for tidal areas and they’re very lightweight too. We’re hoping to make sales this weekend!”
Cobra Ribbs – “Showcasing the Nautique 6.2 and 8.7”
Josh Arkell is Sales Manager at Cobra Ribbs, based in Christchurch. He is a regular to the PHBS and said, “We are enjoying showcasing the Nautique 6.2 & 8.7. It’s the first season of sales for the 6.2 – it’s our smallest boat but offers all of the Cobra features in a smaller package. Like all of our boats it has superb handling and high- quality features such as suspension seating and a big, well protected console. 43 knots and it retails from £60,000.”
The PHBS is a family affair!
Many families and young people were welcomed to the PHBS. One family that Tony Pauffley chatted with were the Peters family from Cambridgeshire. Andrew and Amy Peters enjoyed stepping onto many vessels with their enthusiastic 3 year old son, Theo, who was loving every minute of his visit! Dad Andrew advised, “We came to the boat show last year and had such a good time that we made sure that when we were visiting family in the area again that our trip coincided with the PHBS dates!”
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