Annual event gains following

Almost 400 people took part in the ‘try a boat’ initiative at Brixham Marina after South Devon companies joined forces to help boost sales.

It was the third annual ‘Try a Boat’ weekend in Brixham and dealers are thrilled with the response the event generated.

‘Try a Boat’ ran across the Bank Holiday weekend (23, 24 and 25 May), operating from the Events Pontoon in Brixham Marina, open to the public and free of charge.

George Turpin, Principal of Plain Sailing, said: “This initiative was a real breath of fresh air, allowing people to get out on the water and ‘have a go’ on, or even just take a look round the boat of their choice.

“All of the boats were fully booked each day and of course the wonderful weather helped make it a fun time for everyone.”

Plain Sailing confirmed two firm enquires about boats for sale through their brokerage and provided three quotes for Ribs.

They also saw significant interest in their training courses from people interested in getting into boating or developing their knowledge further, while Cobain Marine received six enquiries for Ribs as a direct result of the event.

The all female Atlantic Rowing Challenge team raised over £250 for Breast Cancer Care and were on hand through the weekend to show visitors around their ocean rowing boat.

Planning is already underway for the 2010 event.