August 31 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Nearly 1,000 people have enjoyed Britain’s newest boatshow at Oulton Broad.
Saturday’s Anglia Afloat Show at the broad-side Wherry Hotel saw two dozen boating industry firms from across the region and further afield set up display stands and show off an impressive range of vessels.
Organised by Archant magazine Anglia Afloat, Saturday’s inaugural show drew a large crowd, with about 900 tickets sold before it opened at 10am.
The six hour show featured a major industry launch as Broom Boats of Brundall displayed its Broom 28, a £135,000 luxury cruiser sleeping up to four people.
During the exhibition people were shown around the luxury craft by staff from Norfolk Boat Sales, which is marketing the vessel on behalf of Broom Boats.
And in a sign of how buoyant the boating industry is in Norfolk and Suffolk, Matthew Stone, group sales manager said that three people had booked further appointments to find out more about ordering a model and he expected that four or five orders to be placed during the year.
Mr Stone said: “Today has shown there is great interest in boating in Norfolk and Suffolk. The response has been excellent.
“We always knew the Broom 28 would be popular. It is perfect cruiser for the broads. It is quiet and can access all the bridges on the broads.”
Other exhibitors at the show included Hardy Marine of North Walsham, which brought along its Bosun 20, a small motor boat, and Ferry Marina of Horning displayed its Funnell 27, a cruiser designed for the Broads.
Haines of Catfield and the International Boat Building Training Centre from Oulton Broad also had prominent displays.
Lowestoft’s RNLI crew were also at the show and volunteers were given a painting by marine artist John Stevens which depicted a call out from 2005 when the lifeboat rescued a casualty from an Arctic supply ship.
Duncan Abel, Anglia Afloat’s advertisement sales manager who organised the show, said it had been a such a success he was already thinking how it could be made bigger and better next time around.
He said: “It has gone beyond all my expectations. We wanted to do something for the region’s boating community and it seems to have gone down really well with everyone who has come.
“The Wherry Hotel has been absolutely brilliant as well.”
Norfolk entrepreneur Stephen Pitkethly will be realising his father-in-law’s dream when he launches an innovative craft at the Southampton Boat Show next month.