First comment from industry on shock news

The BMF has said it is saddened to hear today that Peters Opal is formally in administration.

The BMF said: “The business has been a force for many years and has made a huge contribution to the UK marine industry.

“As owners of the Southampton Boat Show, the BMF has decided that boats that were to be displayed by BA Peters plc could now be displayed directly by the manufacturers should they wish to do so.

“This solution will provide continuity for visitors to the show who have already purchased tickets for the Southampton Boat Show based on the knowledge they have of the products on display there.”

Among other motor and sail boats, Peters Opal were due to exhibit the new Azimut 85 at the show.