Big boats and loads of visitors for new event
The Jersey Boat Show looks set to become a regular fixture on the boat show calendar after enjoying a resounding success in its first year.
The show, held over the Bank Holiday, saw more than 50 boats on the pontoons of St Helier marina, with a variety of exhibition stands on the land.
Major British builders had a significant presence – both Fairline and Princess reported sales, as did the new owners of the island-based Fox’s Marine Services who were exhibiting the Kruger and Pirate day cruisers.
Among other craft at the event, a Jersey-built 14m RIB (pictured), named Aftershock, caught the attention of many.
Designed by an Australian naval architect, it features accommodation for four, room on the foredeck for two motorbikes and no less than four Suzuki 300hp engines.
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Local businessman Richard Gilpin commissioned the boat for himself, but hopes others might be interested in using the hull which he says gives a smooth 40 knot ride.
Visitor numbers exceeded organiser’s expectations with an estimated 12,000 islanders and tourists attending the show.
Jersey Harbours were the organisers and were partnered by Collins Stewart, sponsors of the London Boat Show.
Chief Executive of Jersey Harbours, Captain Howard Le Cornu, said: “I am thrilled by the response to our first boat show by both exhibitors and the local community.
“I am even more delighted that so many people chose to come from further afield, bringing both profile and business to Jersey”.
Photo: PJ News & Publishing