Builder cites "current economic climate" as reason for decision

Sealine will not be exhibiting at January’s London Boat Show, MBM can exclusively reveal.

The builder, traditionally one of the biggest exhibitors at the ExCeL show, said that in light of the current economic climate, it would only be attending one major boat show per country in 2009.

That means London is sidelined for Southampton in the UK. The builder will otherwise still be exhibiting at Dusseldorf, Moscow, Cannes, Genoa and Barcelona.

The decision is a huge blow to the industry and boat show visitors alike as Sealine always exhibits an impressive range of boats on a large corner stand (pictured).

While disappointing, the move is not entirely unexpected following news MBM broke last week that Sealine was cutting its workforce almost in half and closing two factories .

Steve Coultate, Sealine’s MD, said: “Sealine will be staging a number of exciting customer based activities during this winter period, details of which will be released shortly. We will of course continue to work very closely with the British Marine Federation and will be exhibiting our full range of luxury motor boats, as well as launching new product, at the 2009 Southampton Boat Show in September.”