Crowds form at the Guinness Bar as the London Boat Show gears up for its closing weekend

It’s thirsty work this boat show business, as the hoards of people around the Guinness Bar at the London International Boat Show proved today.

And thankfully, as the show edges towards that all-important closing weekend, the aisles appear busier and interest in the motorboat hall seems to have increased slightly.

Attendance figures for Tuesday show a relatively small dip of 5% from last year, while on Wednesday the drop was 7% – a big improvement from the opening weekend when figures slid by as much as 16% .

However, with total visitor figures for the first six days of the show standing at 56,371, it will be touch and go whether the show breaks the 100,000 barrier.

But exhibitors we spoke to are certainly happier than at the start of the week. David Crosby, MD of Westwater Yacht Sales, was pleased at the reaction to the new 34ft Fast Fisher from Seaflyte . He said: “We have sold the boat at the show and have had interest from at least twenty other parties.”

The industry now waits in anticipation to see if the closing weekend will help lift the footfall and bring more sales.