The organisers have announced that the 2015 event at Salterns Marina will not be going ahead, due to a surfeit of local boat shows

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The 2015 Sandbanks Boat Show has been cancelled, with Salterns Marina and Brokerage pulling the plug on the free event due to increased competition.

Organisers claimed that they were finding it “increasingly difficult to keep things fresh and diverse” and the decision of nearby Poole Quay Boat Haven to run a show on the same weekend convinced them to call it a day.

Nick Smith, Managing Director of Salterns Marina, said: “There is clearly no room for two shows to be held in such close proximity which would only dilute the standard of show that we aspire to.

“It may come as a blow to many exhibitors and visitors alike that our highly successful show comes to a close.

“We’d like to thank all who have taken part and supported us, gaining great sales and exposure over the four years we’ve been running this unique and popular event.”

Previously run over the May bank holiday weekend, the Sandbanks Boat Show ran for four years, attracting crowds of up to 30,000 to see dozens of new and used boats from the likes of Fairline, XO and Marex.