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Sandbanks Boat Show 2012: Success at Salterns!

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Busy at the 2012 Sandbanks Boat Show

The 2012 Sandbanks Boat Show closed on a high. This three day show opened on Friday 11th and closed on Sunday 13th May, enjoying ‘rare’ sunshine everyday in the stunning location of Salterns Marina. A superb selection of over 80 new boats were on the water, allowing visitors a great opportunity to check out the very latest from sports cruisers, luxury motor boats, sail yachts, personal watercraft and leading marine products. This boutique style show, held for the 2nd year in succession provided the boating enthusiast a diverse selection of quality boating brands and products to choose from and was a great alternative to the larger style shows.

This ‘free of charge’ event attracted top brands including:-

Sunseeker, Princess, Fairline, Targa, Boston Whaler, Jeanneau, Nimbus, Cranchi, Greenline Hybrid, Beneteau, Goldfish Boat, Hardy, Windy, Karnic and Searay, amongst other products including Seadoo Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Insurance plus great hospitality, RNLI and more!

Russell Hayden of Salterns Brokerage and organiser of the Sandbanks Boat Show said “The Sandbanks Boat Show has been truly welcomed by the marine industry; main dealers, manufacturers, associated companies, the press and visitors alike. We’re a small team of 4 and backed by the marina office and staff. It’s important that everyone pulls together including the exhibitors to really help promote the event.

With great support, hard work and determination we achieved something very special and the result was a fun, relaxed show where deals were made. It’s important for us to have a platform from which to sell at the beginning of the boating season. This year we were delighted to offer a hospitality arewa including Dorset Piddle Brewery, South West Fisheries with their Seafood Bar and Timmy’s Pies who supply some of the finest pubs and delis in West London including Harvey Nichols.

We think this type of show plays an important part in the boating calendar; complimenting larger shows like Southampton, where not just expenditure, but staff time out of the office can be kept to a minimum. We’ve probably paved the way for similar events in the future.”

The key difference between this show and any other boat show is that Salterns has once again waived any exhibitor charges. Salterns’ generosity recognises the importance of working together at a fragile time where companies cannot afford to spend thousands of pounds on stand costs, hotel bills, craning charges and staff. The only contribution we’ve asked is to fund the marketing, with no profit being gained. Plus, the added benefit also means that visitor entry is free.

Feedback from both exhibitor and visitor to date is very positive and we will certainly have generated good sales from this show.


Sadbanks; being synonymous as a playground for the rich and famous and Blue Flag beach, attracting visitors looking to kick off the season in their search for new or used craft ranging from dinshies and personal watercraft to luxury motor cruisers.


The Salterns Marina Group of companies is a significant British business, employing around 100 staff and provides the marine leisure sector and industry a cross section of products and services. The group includes Salterns Marina, Salterns Boatyard, Salterns Brokerage, Poole Marine Services, Golden Arrow Marina, Motortech Marine, Offshore Performance, plus assitional on site marine businesses. This unique, forward thinking business is a marine leader, not just for the south coast of England, but globally, supplying anything from power systems, engines, new boats, watercraft to individuals, shipyards and superyachts, defence and maritime security worldwide. For more information on the Salterns Marina Group please contact us.

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