BoatLife Live opened its doors at the NEC in Birmingham for the first time on Thursday 17 February, with Pip Hare cutting the ribbon, and a vast range of exhibitors – from ocean rowers, to Victorian canoes, to 300hp RIBs, to sailing yachts, to boating kit, art and more.
Here are some images from day one. The show ends on 20 February.
Vendée Globe sailor Pip Hare from Poole opened the show and then did a fascinating 45 minute Q&A with Mark Covell about her experiences and her new boat, sponsored once again by Medallia
There’s a vast range of boats and boaty stuff on show, from Katie McCabe’s Morgan Giles Falanda, seen here in the foreground, to yachts, paddleboards and more
Try out wakeboarding, virtually!
Top kit on offer from Mustang Survival, a new brand in the UK but well-established in Canada and the US
Getting the next generation of sailors involved is always imporant
Nobody wants to go home empty handed from a boat show
You can enjoy a wine tasting. Cheers!
It’s not a boat show without some tempting rope bargains. Who doesn’t need more lines?
A pint was on offer in the inland boating section
This gorgeous planing lug-rigger can do 12 knots, described by our sister title Classic Boat as “possibly the coolest wooden boat ever built”
Here she is with the person who built her, Max Owles, see http://www.summer-boat-design.co.uk/windsong.html
Sorry, one more shot… an amazing job
Another handsome woodie, also attracting admiring onlookers at the show
Ash Faire-Ring is a young boatbuilder plotting his journey restoring Growler, a 100-year-old barge yacht, on social media – https://www.instagram.com/sailingbargegrowler/?hl=en
This is a great little tender being sold by Drascombe, who were also marking the 50th anniversary of their Dabber
And here is that very boat, pictured with Drascombe owner/MD Sharon Geary Harwood and daughter Hannah
Our Charity of the Year is the Disabled Sailors Association, who have the stand at the show, with founder Mike Wood on hand to discuss the big project to raise funds for a new boat – vital if they’re going to be able to continue the excellent work they do taking all disabled people out on the water
Here’s Katie McCabe’s Falanda again, the boat that the 14-year-old sailed round Britain in last year. Not often you see a full keel at a boat show in 2022
Here’s a view over the show
And looking the other way!
This is one of few sailing yachts at the show, the Viki S30 Cruiser, yours for £89k!
A roomy interior on the Viko, made in Poland and newly available in the UK
The Hon Lady McAlpine is at the show promoting the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in July, one of the world’s great wooden boat festivals https://www.tradboatfestival.com/
This is an extraordinary craft – a replica of a Rob Roy canoe, pictured here with the owner Graham MacKereth. If you don’t know the Rob Roy story, it’s really the story of how leisure boating came about – our sister title Classic Boat’s editor Steffan Meyric Hughes wrote this excellent article https://www.classicboat.co.uk/articles/john-rob-roy-macgregor-the-man-who-invented-the-sport-of-kayaking/
The Motorboat Gallery is exhibiting some irresistable nautical memorabilia º https://themotorboat.co.uk/
Does your boat not deserve one of these?
There’s nautical art…
Ocean rowers….(they get around these ocean rowers don’t they?)
And plenty more….!
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