Initial prospects good for revamped show

The Collins Stewart London Boat Show opened this morning with organisers hoping a host of new attractions would give the event a boost.

Initial impressions were favourable, with the number of visitors noticeably higher than in some previous years and exhibitors happy with trade.

National Boat Shows, which organises the event, had sought to stem criticism of the show by introducing new features such as giant knots for punters to sit on (pictured), a sand-pattern carpet and various challenges throughout the show.

A competition to perform emergency work on an ailing engine proved popular in the South Hall, while in the sailing hall there was no shortage of people trying to better the time to haul a mainsail up a mast.

Click on the following stories for some images from the opening day. We will be updating the MBY site throughout the show so keep checking if you can’t make it yourself. If you can, come and visit us on the MBY stand near the west entrance!