MBM’s pick of the best gear from the London Boat Show

Planning to pick up some new boating kit at the show? Read our roundup of the best gear on display before you set off

Since the doors to the 2010 Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show opened on Friday we have been busily wading through a host of new and improved boating kit, which we will be reporting on in the March issue of MBM. But if you can’t wait till then and are visiting the show in the coming days and want to know what’s worth seeing, read our roundup of this year’s must-see new gear.

As always there is a host of new electronics on display. Raymarine (N028J) has the market-ready version of its new E-series wide hybrid with both touchscreen and button control. Garmin (N030J) has announced two new and improved multifunction displays. The 6 and 7 thousand series are upgraded versions of the current 4 and 5 thousand models and offer improved performance courtesy of a faster processor.

Standalone GPS plotters are well represented with Digital Yacht (N030B) giving its clever little AIS-equipped SmarterChart its first public outing, Navico (N030L) showing its new range of Mark and Elite plotters and plotter/sounder combos and Garmin showing its new 7inch touchscreen plotter.Among the more expensive but equally exciting new kit is a speed controller for electric bow thrusters from Sleipner (S015A), a fantastic 3D forward-looking sonar from Echopilot (N031P) and a lightweight carbon encased liferaft from Ocean Safety (N015D).

If your budget is a little more modest, Hempel (N024G) – the new name for Blakes – has a new range of boat care products and A Glaze’s (N019J) new canvas canopy cleaner looks the business.

And, if you’re in the market for some new boating garb, Henri Lloyd  (N043J), Helly Hansen (N072A), Gill (N046K) and Musto (N042L) are all displaying their new ranges.