BoatLife’s Debut Show Displays Over 100 Boats

19 Jan 2022

The brand-new show, BoatLife Live, is set to open its doors to visitors on 17 February. The four-day show, spanning three halls of the NEC, has secured an exciting line-up of exhibitors, speakers and features and will deliver a memorable first show.

The event will be opened by Pip Hare, the 8th woman in history to complete the Vendee Globe and after, she will take to the stage to talk more about her experiences and take questions from show visitors. The live stage is the main attraction at the show, and with speakers such as Katie McCabe, Tom Cunliffe, Atlantic rowing teams and SUP record-breakers there will be something for everyone.

The big spectacle of the show is boats and brands exhibiting include Brig, Fairline, Axopar, Nordkapp, RYCK, Cranchi, Aquaspirit, Viko Yachts and Sea-Doo. The show will host several boat debuts, including the RYCK 280, Seven Seas Hermes Speedster, Swordfish F80 and Polycraft Tuffy 300.

Alongside the boats will be a vast selection of equipment companies, including Quick UK, Raymarine, English Braids, Barrus Marine, Bainbridge, Aquafax and B&G. Complimented many other marine leisure brands including Auaduct Marina, Freedom Boat Club and Pro Marine Finance.

Richard Dove, BoatLife Director, said “Our target for the first show was 100 boats, and we’ve reached that goal. We have a great mix of boats from world-leading brands, high-end boats such as Fairline 50 GT and affordable boats. We’ve been overwhelmed with support for a show in the midlands, and we are confident that we will deliver a great show.”

Ben Nichols, Clipper Marine, commented “We are really excited to finally have a dedicated boat show catering for the North of England – it will be great to be back in The Midlands to meet all those boaters who don’t make it down to the Southampton Boat Show and other southern shows. Stock is very scarce at the moment, but we will have boats on display for immediate delivery.”