Spirits boosted at the opening day of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

An extremely encouraging first day has really boosted spirits at the opening day of the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

Although the halls were far from full, the general feeling was positive with visitors enjoying the relatively calm atmosphere before the weekend crowds flock to the show tomorrow.

With 1000 yachts on display, over 500 exhibitors, and 45 debuts, this year’s post Christmas show promises to deliver a real boost to morale during these tough and challenging times.

While it would be unwise to speculate as to how successful trading will be at the show this year, it was good to catch up with Frank Dixie, Managing Director PSP which specialises in worldwide yacht delivery, who says that despite all the doom and gloom, their business is booming. “We are up 20 per cent on last year which is mainly due to the fact we increased our market. I actually think we are one of many positive stories here at the show but many are worried to publicise the fact in case the bubble bursts.”

Mark Kennett, sales manager for Volvo dealer DB Marine, says he was pleasantly surprised with how business went today. “Yes, it was quiet, but we had quality customers, and had lots of interest. People tend not to actually purchase the engines at the show, but it is a great way of showcasing our products. Sales normally happen after the show.”

Those planning on visiting the show this weekend would do well to consider an early start because there is so much to see including the largest and most expensive boat at the show – the Sunseeker 40m which has a price tag of £17.5 million. Also, don’t miss the activities on the Watersports Action Hall which has a full schedule of events planned including Jack Moule the freestyle jetski champion in action. MBM’s Greg Goulding caught up with 17-year-old Moule from Hertfordshire earlier today: “I have been doing it since I was 13. I enjoyed it so much I haven’t stopped. I suppose it is because my dad was a jet skier, so it runs in the family.”