Organisers say expansion to satisfy wants and needs of industry

Organisers of the National Boat Caravan & Outdoor Show in Birmingham have confirmed they will be expanding the boating section of the show for next year on the back of an impressive opening weekend for marine exhibitors.

One boatbuilder very happy with the way the show has gone is Sunseeker. The Poole-based builder, represented at the show by Sunseeker London, sold a Portofino 47 on the opening day. We are told it was a cold sale to a Midlands-based businessman.

Gary Cleaverly from Sunseeker London, said: “It’s exceptional that this is the first time in thirteen years that Sunseeker have had a presence at the show and we end up achieving a cold sale on the first day. It has definitely exceeded our expectations and has assured us that this show attracts a strong boating audience. There is no doubt that we’re going to be attending next year’s show.”

Andrew Whalley from the National Boat Caravan & Outdoor Show, said: “This massive sale by Sunseeker shows that we are a strong contender in the boat show market. We’re glad that that the show is satisfying the needs of boating enthusiasts north of London. The sales that are being achieved at the show is evidence that we are providing a suitable platform for manufacturers and dealers who wish to reach audiences who are interested in boating.”

There’s still plenty of time to get to the show, which runs at the NEC in Birmingham till 25 February.