Ever felt the dealers don't really want you there?

Have you ever felt barred from viewing the exciting new boats at the London Boat Show?

A new scheme seeks to make boats more accessible and even offers punters a messageboard to leave comments on how open various manufacturers were.

The organisers of the Collins Stewart London Boat Show, National Boat Shows, have launched the scheme, called Come on Board.

Visitors should look out for the Come on Board logo on exhibitors’ stands.

The logo indicates to visitors that “they can talk to the exhibitors and find out when it will be the best time to view their boats or products”.

It will be an on-going scheme that will run throughout all NBS shows, including the Southampton Boat Show.

Andrew Williams, Managing Director of NBS, says: “Working closely with the show’s exhibitors, Come on Board is designed to enhance the overall visitor experience. The scheme will encourage our guests to interact more with the exhibitors who are willing and eager to offer expert advice and introduce visitors to their range of exciting products.”

However, by no means all exhibitors have given the idea their support.

These are the manufacturers who have signed up so far:

Lancing Marine S009D
Advance Yacht Systems S006A
Fairline SO25
Crownline SO27D
Opal Marine SO29D
Cobalt Boats SO30H
Lomac Ribs SO30J
Sunseeker SO32
Fjord Boats SO36B
Opal Marine SO36C
T V Ski (London) SO44A
Sealine SO47
Marina Marbella SO48B
Elan NO10B
Drascombe by Churchouse Boats N018C
Hanse Yachts UK Ltd NO20B
Island Packet Yachts NO10A
Opal Marine NOO4
Opal Marine NO21B
SailTime NO20A
MLA N051B
Broadblue Charters NO51C
Syndicat mixte côte d’opale NO66G
Oxfordshire Narrowboats D015/D016

Comment on the scheme at www.londonboatshow.com/features/comeonboard 

The Collins Stewart London Boat Show starts this Friday 11 January and runs until 20 January.

www.londonboatshow.com