Norfolk marine firms hoping for bumper show

Haines Marine workshop in Catfield.
Mary, Justin and Bob Haines.



Picture: James Bass Haines Marine workshop in Catfield. Mary, Justin and Bob Haines. Picture: James Bass

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
8:00 AM

The region’s multi-million pound marine industry will be out in force at the UK’s biggest outdoor boatshow.

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Firms across Norfolk will be exhibiting at the PSP Southampton Boatshow from September 12 to 21 with Haines Marine of Catfield leading the way with the much-anticipated world launch of its £175,000-plus Haines 32 Offshore.

Broom Boats of Brundall and Hardy Marine, based in North Walsham, will both be giving a UK debut to models and also hoping to pick up sales from the thousands of overseas visitors expected at the waterfront show.

Oyster Yachts, based in Hoveton, will be displaying two of its luxury yachts - recently completed 575 and 625 models - as well as hosting its own brokerage show, showcasing 10 used boats, at its Southampton base at Saxon Wharf.

Haines director Justin Haines said: “Southampton is the perfect platform to launch an offshore boat. The Haines 32 Sedan is one of the best boats we have ever produced in terms of sales and the new offshore model is the result of listening to what our customers want.

“It has been very much a Norfolk project from start to finish, with Norfolk’s Andrew Wolstenholme designing a fantastic new hull that delivers a superb offshore performance and AR Peachment of Brundall supplying the new Nanni T4 270hp engine for the very first craft.

“We carried out sea trials last week off Lowestoft and she performed incredibly.”

Mr Haines said they had already sold three of the new boats from plan and were confident of strong continental interest.

“If it takes off as expected we will be looking to add to our 20-strong staff early next year with new boatbuilders and engineers,” he said.

Broom MD Mark Garner said they would have their biggest presence for years at Southampton.

He said: “We will be giving a UK launch to our flagship Broom 430, a £650,000 motor yacht, and will also be displaying a Broom 370 and Broom 35 Coupe. We will have a very large corporate marquee telling the world about Broom.”

He said Broom was approaching the show in buoyant mood despite the world market being relatively flat.

He said: “We have had a sensible year and are continuing to push forward. We are opening a big new sales office at our yard in Brundall and are investing £1.5m in a new fleet of demonstration boats.”

Over the past four years, Broom had seen the number of staff rise from 48 to more than 80.

Oliver James, managing-director of Hardy Marine, which employs 50 people at its bases in North Walsham and Wroxham, said they had already received “significant pre-boat show inquiries”.

“We will be taking a Hardy 40 DS and a new Hardy 42 with bespoke interior. GT Yachts will also be displaying a GT 35 we built for them.”

David Tydeman, boss of Oyster Yachts, said the show was an important way of showcasing their luxury brand as well as “starting and continuing conversations with our customers”.

The Southampton show will see more than 300 boats on the water with 120 craft making their debuts.

Is your boatbuilding firm thriving? Email stephen.pullinger@archant.co.uk

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