FREE, try-a-boat sessions at Scotland’s Boat Show 2017 – part of a ‘Get On The Water’ theme – are expected to attract thousands of visitors to Kip Marina, Inverclyde, this weekend – as the largest boat show in Scotland, and one of the largest brokerage shows in the UK, opens on Friday.
Now in its 31st year, Scotland’s Boat Show 2017 (SBS17) aims to encourage more people to get involved in boats and boating in Scotland for the first time and, has linked up with RYA Scotland and its partners to give short, taster sessions – free of charge – in powerboats, yachts and dinghies during the show.
For mobility-impaired visitors, sailing taster sessions will be available in the accessible dinghies and Able2sail, who offer voyages for individuals who are both able-bodied or have disabilities, will have their yacht open for visitors as will Ocean Youth Trust Scotland.
Free lectures and presentations on subjects ranging from advice on buying a second-hand boat, to the Met Office explaining how to ‘Read The Skies’, are on offer at the Sika Marine Stage in the Riverside Inverclyde ‘Get On The Water’ pavilion, together with owners’ associations and manufacturers who can advise on how to start getting involved in sailing, powerboats, RIBs, jet skis, paddleboards, canoes or even model boats!
SBS17 and Holt Leisure MD, Gavin McDonagh, said: “We have always been at the forefront of Scotland’s marine tourism initiative and, together with our key partners, are putting all the resources of Scotland’s Boat Show behind encouraging new people to take to the water.
“As we have now established SBS as the major event on the Scottish marine calendar, it is the perfect opportunity to combine the success of the show with a gateway to get visitors afloat and encourage them to enjoy Scotland’s world class sailing waters.”
As well as the latest new boats on display from leading manufacturers, part of the unique appeal of Scotland’s Boat Show are the large numbers of high-quality pre-owned boats for sale, with this year’s collection totalling over £4 million, and with boats to suit every style and budget.
On shore, there is plenty for visitors to enjoy with the RYA Scotland Pavilion showcasing the latest marine and leisure products from UK-wide companies, luxury motor cars from Porsche – including the new hybrid models – plus Morgan and Tesla, whilst, for the family, there will be pipe bands, ‘rock choirs’ and a giant fun area to keep the little ones occupied.
If something a little faster appeals, you can take a helicopter flight over Kip Marina and view the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde with the team from Heli Scot or, for a bit of retail therapy, head to the Clyde LifeStyle Pavilion which hosts everything from fashion to furniture.
For foodies, join celebrity chef, Nick Nairn, in the West College Scotland Food & Drink Pavilion where he presents daily cooking displays aided by the WCS students.
Nick’s demonstrations take place at 1pm and 3pm on Friday and 11am, 1pm and 3pm Saturday and Sunday, admission is free with a donation to local charities. Alongside Nick will be the Scottish food and drink producers’ indoor ‘street market’ with amazing food from the Damn Fine Cheese Company, Alba Seafoods, Erincroft Bakery and many more.
Scotland’s Boat Show 2017 takes place at Kip Marina, Inverkip, Inverclyde on the 13th, 14th and 15th of October – Admission is free and car parking is a nominal £5 per vehicle.
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Kevin Blamire 01475 521485
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Scotland’s Boat Show and Kip Marina are part of the Holt Leisure Group established as Scotland’s premier marina operator with full-service marinas: Kip Marina at Inverkip, Craobh Marina south of Oban and Fairlie Quay Marina near Largs.
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