Good weather and a great line-up draw the visitors out to the PSP Southampton Boat Show for the opening weekend

The opening weekend of the PSP Southampton Boat Show has proved a success after drawing 3% more visitors than in 2009.

A number of high profile new 40ft model launches by Sealine, Princess and Fairline proved popular on Friday, with 8057 visitors nudging up the figures on last year. The battle of the 40-footers got us pretty excited too, check back soon to see pictures of the contenders.

Saturday saw the Royal Navy‘s newest ship, HMS Dauntless, a Type 45 destroyer, sail up Southampton Water to make her debut at the boat show before welcoming the public on board for a look around.

Great weather on Sunday helped provide a 12% increase year-on-year, bringing the total number of weekend visitors to 37,900. Many visitors took advantage of the show’s Try-a-boat scheme with over 3500 people taking free boat rides over the course of the day.

Sue Pelling, editor of the daily PSP Southampton Boat Show News, said, “There was a real buzz, which could be an indication that times are starting to improve for the industry during this slowly recovering recessional period.”

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