Pool containing 15,000 litres of water and 14 boats will make Suzuki's stand biggest ever

Suzuki’s stand at January’s London Boat Show will offer something a little different to previous years – a 1000-square-metre ‘Indoor Harbour’.

The enormous pool will contain 15,000 litres of water, and feature 14 sportsboats, RIBs and sportsfishers. A further nine boats will be displayed on the stand, making a total of 24 boats from 11 brands.

The RIB market will be represented by Capelli, Redbay, Ribcraft, Ribquest, Rib-X, Solent and Stingher. And there will be sportsboats from Karnic and Ranieri as well as fishing boats from Orkney and Warrior.

All the boats will be powered with engines from Suzuki’s range of 2.5hp – 300hp 4-stroke outboards.

Suzuki’s Gareth Lumsdaine said: “For some time now we have wanted to create a feature stand that would provide a platform from which our dealers and boat builders could offer customers as wide a range of Suzuki powered craft as possible, helping them to select the most suitable boat and engine package for their needs.

“The idea of the Suzuki Indoor Harbour was conceived some time ago and we are very excited that it is now coming to fruition. Suzuki’s continued success during 2008 has enabled us to undertake the project for the 2009 Show as planned.”

Meanwhile, MBM has discovered that the large hole left by Sealine’s non-attendance at the event will be filled by Jeanneau.

In taking the large corner slot usually occupied by the British builder, Jeanneau will double its representation of the Prestige and Merry Fisher ranges from the ’08 show.

While this is good news, the fact remains that there will be a number of notable absences from the 2009 edition of the London Boat Show. As well as Sealine, Bavaria motorboats, Monterey and Nimbus have decided that London is a show too far.