The London Boat Show opened yesterday and, predictably, much media attention has been given to the flashier items on display. One can’t blame them, as it is literally almost impossible to look past the new 131-foot Sunseeker.
Yet there is also a lot on offer for the sailor who is less inclined or less able to purchase million pound power boats, much of it provided by small companies based in the UK countryside. Exhibitors include the East Anglian Sea School, Suffolk’s International Boatbuilding College, Kemp Sails and Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour.
While it’s not the show for those wanting a comprehensive overview of British yacht manufacturers, many of whom are notably absent, the London Boat Show should certainly not be written off as an event solely for oligarchs and whoever has won tonight’s lottery. Find out more at londonboatshow.com
A quick digression related to Lucy Watson, the Made In Chelsea star who opened the show. She was introduced by the show’s chairman, who commented that he had recently spent the day with Lucy and that ‘she knows a lot more about boating than you’d think’. If you can think of an interpretation of this that isn’t patronising, please let us know in the comments.
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