Good morning all. Just a quick note about my visit to the London Boat Show yesterday.
It was definitely good to go to the show, if only to catch up with some ex-Sealine colleagues and some of my other industry friends and acquaintances but one thing that really struck me was how small the show is now. I remember when the show moved from Earl’s Court to Excel. That first year both of the halls were packed to the gunwales with all things boating and if memory serves, the south hall was almost entirely given over to motor boats – how different it is now, shame.
The industry powerhouses, Sunseeker and Princess dominated the show. Sadly the Sealine stand looked a little forlorn, a shadow of our heyday but nevertheless, it was good that they were there at all. What did surprise me was the Fairline stand; running along the end wall, with some lovely boats on show but again, not a patch on previous years stands – gone are the days of Fort Fairline then…a sensible belt tightening exercise in these difficult times I suspect.
The busiest area was, of course, the usual array of chandlers, sea schools and paraphernalia stands. Squirreled away amongst all this lot, was one particularly pleasing find, Motorboat Owner. Neale and Claire, who some of you will know from their MBM days have set up a digital magazine aimed squarely at motor boaters. This new offering is designed to bring insight and comment for all practical aspects of running a motor boat. What’s more, it appears to be absolutely free – how could you resist not signing up?
All in all a worthwhile visit and an enjoyable day out – if you have the chance to go, do. The industry is for you, the boaters of this world and if you don’t support it you will lose the flexibility and choice that come from having a buoyant (excuse the pun) industry. If you don’t believe me, consider the high street shops that we all used to use…
This has been another Captain Corbett’s Adventure. If I’m not on Jersey teaching a private tuition Day Skipper theory or Yachtmaster theory course, then I’m either spending time with someone on their boat, giving them the confidence to take their boat out with their family and friends on board or I’m off somewhere exotic delivering a boat. Either way, I’ll write it up and put it on the Blog for you all to see, so keep popping back to see my most recent adventures.