BOC at the 2018 London Boat Show

Despite all the prophesies of gloom, this year’s London International Boat Show proved to be more upbeat than anticipated. The range of Companies displaying their wares seemed as wide as ever, and the less dominant position of some of the largest UK boat builders allowed other exhibitors to make more of an impact. This year, the event was only open to the public for 5 days (January 10th -14th) – half its previous length. This was an attempt by the organisers to see whether the Show could be made cost-effective after years of declining support by exhibitors, faced with the conflicting demands from other early-season European Boat Shows. Once again, the Broom Owners stand served the Club well.


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BOC at the 2017 London International Boat Show

Despite the Underground and Southern Rail strikes and forecasts of inclement weather (which undoubtedly affected public attendance) the Club again had a successful presence at the London International Boat Show. With the support of John Goode, Nautical Adviser to the National Boat Shows, we were again privileged to be given a free exhibition space. Only three clubs are fortunate enough to be offered this facility, which is granted subject to the provision of an attractive and informative display, manned throughout the Show. David Harrison and Don Walker arrived the day before the Show opened to the public to set up the stand and check that all was in order. Thanks must go to them for all their work and also to those members that took their turn in manning the stand during the Show. Our continued receipt of this benefit depends on their combined efforts!

                                     The Club's stand at the 2017 LIBS.

Although the stand was at one extreme end of the exhibition hall, it was also close to the ’Dream Lodge Boating Lake’ exhibit, with lots going on in the way of on-the-water events. So, with this to guide them, a good number of BOC members made their way to the Club stand and received a warm welcome there.

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