Sunseekers, dinghies, Astons and more

The Marine Experience, a new venture organised by National Boat Shows, debuted on Tuesday 22 July in blazing sunshine at the 2008 British International Motor Show.

The show runs until Sunday 3 August 2008 at ExCeL London.

With hundreds of members of the press descending on the show for the opening day the marine industry took the opportunity to show what it has to offer.

Alongside 20 global car launches from the likes of Vauxhall, Renault, Ford, Honda, SEAT, Lotus, Bentley and Alfa Romeo, the on-water demonstrations throughout the day gave the gathering international media a glimpse of the action that will continue throughout the show.

Youth sailors took to the water in Laser Picos to demonstrate entry-level boating before powerboats thundered past, showing the fast end of things.

It wasn’t just the on-water activity that was on show.

Marine exhibitors proudly displayed their craft of varying shapes and sizes from personal watercraft, RIBs, dinghies and sail boats through to Sunseekers.

Exhibitors include Sunseeker London, Pearl Motor Yachts, Glastron UK, Gibbs Marine Sales, Bates Wharf Marine Sales, Walton Marine, Moody Yachts, Cranchi, Ribeye, Honda Marine, Yamaha, Wittey Marine and the RYA.

Andrew Williams, Managing Director of National Boat Shows said: “The Marine Experience, and our partnership with the organisers of the British International Motor Show, is a great opportunity for the marine industry to showcase itself in an amazing on-water location at a great time of the year.

“It gives us the chance to bring boating at all its many levels, to a whole new audience.

“We’re delighted with the offering we, together with the industry, has put on here at the Motor Show and we look forward to welcoming many visitors down to the dockside over the next 12 days and encouraging them to get out on the water with Try-a-Boat and RYA’s OnBoard.”

The doors open to the public on Thursday 24 July.

To book your ticket visit www.marineexperience.com 

The Show runs until Sunday 3 August 2008 at ExCeL London.