Scotland's Boat Show 2014

Date published: 24 September 2014

Scotland’s Boat Show 2014, the third largest boat show in the UK is on the horizon and promises to be the biggest yet with a host of attractions that will have visitors flocking from all corners of the sailing world - from the latest in new and used boats to an appearance from the legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow!  

Scotland’s Boat Show (SBS14) takes place at Kip Marina, Inverkip on the 10th, 11th & 12th of October and  has been designated a ‘Homecoming Scotland 2014 Official Event’ as visitors from around the world are expected to attend this year’s show after the global promotion by Event Scotland celebrating the best of the nation’s active pursuits, food and drink.

With new boats from Hanse, Dehler, Beneteau, Bavaria, & Sunseeker plus RIB’s, Nautique ski boats & jet skis together with predicted record numbers of high quality pre-owned boats for sale from £1,000 to £1 million there will be something for every budget to delight visitors who make the journey to Inverclyde’s Kip Marina.

Kip Marina Managing Director Gavin McDonagh said “We are delighted to announce that Scotland’s Boat Show this year has again been expanded and is now recognised both by the industry and customers alike as the premier event in Scotland for boating. We are all proud that the Show drives around 15,000 people from all over the UK and Ireland to Inverclyde and given the right weather where better to be than Inverkip in October!”

On shore the centerpiece RYA Scotland Marquee will be filled with marine trade exhibitors showcasing the latest trends and developments in marine and leisure products from local and UK wide companies, many of whom are heading to SBS14 straight from the Southampton show, while in the RYA Scotland Theatre there will be the option to sign up for on-water taster sessions of power and sail for those looking to try boats and boating for the first time, plus a series of presentations and lectures to entertain and inform.

RYA Scotland Communication & Marketing Manager said “As a main sponsor of the show again this year, we are really excited to offer a wide range of talks and activities to suit all different levels of experience and even for those who have never been out on the water. The small access dinghies provided by Castle Semple Regional Park were a huge success last year so we hope lots of youngsters will grab the opportunity to get out on the water this time. The Clipper Venture team will be doing talks on all three days of the show as well as giving guided tours of their Clipper 70 yacht. This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to people who have raced around the world as well as getting to step on board for a look around the Clipper yacht. Come to the RYA Scotland stand to hello and also get more information”

One of the highlights of last year’s show were the spectacular demonstrations of Flyboarding from Mike Dear of WetJets and this year as well as watching for the more adventurous visitor there will be the chance to try this exciting new sport for themselves!

Elsewhere visitors can enjoy seeing luxury cars from Bentley, Maserati and, for the first time at Scotland’s Boat Show the stunning supercars of McLaren, the iconic Morgan sports cars & the incredible Nissan GT-R - all adding up to a fascinating display of power and speed.

Kip MD Gavin Mcdonagh Capt Jack Sparrow At SBS14

New for 2014 and especially suited to visitors during this Year of Homecoming Scotland is the Ancestry Research Centre presented by one of Inverclyde’s biggest employers IBM. The Ancestry Centre gives visitors the chance to discover any genealogical links to Inverclyde and Scotland using state of the art IBM workstations aided by local genealogy experts from the Renfrewshire and Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Societies and Kilted Cousins Family Trees. The Ancestry Research Centre takes place in the Clipper Suite at Kip Marina’s Chartroom Restaurant daily between 11am and 5pm.

Also new this year is the Inverclyde Living Marquee which showcases the opportunities available for waterside living, working or visiting Inverclyde and enjoy the stunning views at unrivalled value for money prices. Local organisations and businesses will b on hand to explain and advise about how you can make the most out of your visit to Inverclyde both for Scotland’s Boat Show and also for the future.

 The Clyde LifeStyle Marquee returns and is even bigger and better than last year with many exhibitors returning, including artists Pamela Randall, Elaine Johnston and Iona Bruce. Also returning are iconic Glasgow gift retailer Fabulous Black and Shindigg Design. New exhibitors are also a feature of this year’s Marquee and include Fernie and Florence with their clothing range and gifts from Kilmacolm and VV Amore with their unique designer handbags.

For foodies the Farmers Market is open for business on Saturday & Sunday with many local and organic producers exhibiting their wares plus there are many delicious treats on offer from home baking to prime Renfrewshire beef.

For an unforgettable view of Scotland’s Boat Show there will again be the chance to take a helicopter flight* over Kip Marina and view the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde with HG Helicopters and at only £35 per person they will undoubtedly have visitors queuing again this year!

Still in the air, on Sunday at 2pm we welcome the Royal Air Force’s Tutor Aerobatic display – joining us direct from RAF Cranwell this thrilling six minute display comes from the single seat aircraft that all fighter pilots have to master on their way to fast jets.

For more entertainment during the weekend watch out for the Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band, the Royal Highland Fusiliers who are operating their climbing wall, musical entertainment from Inverclyde Rock Choir, a children’s play area complete with trampoline bungee and of course the chance to meet the UK’s premier ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ lookalike as he makes his piratical way through the show!

Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 takes place at Kip Marina, Inverkip, Inverclyde on the 10th, 11th & 12th of October 2014 - Admission is free and car parking is a nominal £3 per vehicle.

For more information visit www.scotlandsboatshow.co.uk or call 01475 521485

Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland.

*Saturday & Sunday only

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