Poole Harbour Boat Show to expand in 2016

Organisers have announced that the 2016 edition of the Poole Harbour Boat Show will run over three days

Poole Harbour commissioners have announced that the 2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show will be a three-day event.

The decision comes in light of the popularity of the inaugural event, which attracted more than 15,000 people to Poole Quay Boat Haven over the weekend of May 9-10.

Exhibits at the free event included new boats from the likes of Sunseeker, Fairline, Windy and Sealine, as well as local boat chandlers, insurance firms and the RNLI.

The 2016 event will run from May 20-22, while the 2017 boat show will take place from May 19-21, meaning it will coincide with the European Maritime Day.

Jim Stewart, chief executive for Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “To hear such positive response from so many involved in the event and particularly from the public was overwhelming.

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“We understand that a significant number of boats and related products were sold by our exhibitors, Quay businesses enjoyed a booming weekend of trading, and those from the industry believed that we made boating accessible to a new audience,” he added.

The line-up for the 2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show is yet to be announced, but potential exhibitors are encouraged to get in touch now.