Organisers of the Western Boat Show have announced a new line-up of boats for the event being held during the Bristol Harbour Festival this month

4 July

The Legend Yacht,  Phantom Sports Boat, Pirate 21 and Smartliner Fisher 23 will be just some of the new boats being showcased at the Western Boat Show later this month.

Organisers have announced that alongside exhibitors Edge Water Marine, Phantom Boat Sales, Pirate Boats and South West Yacht Brokers, BRIG, Broom, Dad’s Boats, Exel Boats, Glastron Boats, Jeanneau, Warrior Boats and Zodiac will also be showing new craft..

The Western Boat Show will cover every aspect of the leisure marine industry from boat builders, canoes, paddle boards, sail makers, marinas, holidays, chandlers, watersports and engine manufacturers to marine finance, clothing specialists and navigation equipment.

Exhibitors include: Boatshed Bristol, Borrow A Boat, Cambrian Boats, Charles Taylor, Constantin Nautics, Deck Shoes Unlimited, Dream Yacht Charter, Eazyview, Fairview Sailing, Intellitec MV, International Boatbuilding Training College, JL Audio Marine, Moor2Sea, National Coastwatch, Pieroth, Portishead Quays Marina, Relax Walking,  Sailing Logic, Sandbanks Style, Shawbury Vintners, Starboard Locker, Tingdene Boat Sales, Triple X, West Country Boat Repairs and Zodiac.

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While the engine manufacturers are represented by Wet Bristol who are agents for Selva and Tohatsu, and Advance Marine who are agents for Honda Marine, Mercury, Suzuki Marine, Volvo Penta and Yanmar Marine.

The event director of the Northern and Western Boat Shows, Richard Milbourn, said: “We’re very excited to be launching a new boat show as part of the Bristol Harbour Festival and adding to the spectacle!”

Bristol Harbour Festival - the location of the new Western Boat Show

Bristol Harbour Festival

“The festival has been going for 46 years and is such a big event now that it attracts over 250,000 visitors and if you’re into boats there is everything you could possibly want to see!”

Visitors are also being given the chance to win a range of prizes via the show’s website including a Fairview Sailing weekend yacht charter, a Sailing Logic introduction to racing course for 2 and a Helly Hansen sailing jacket.

The three-day show is free to all festival visitors and serious boat owners can buy premium tickets to give them exclusive access to the specialist areas, including the pontoon.

Tickets with pontoon access to the boats are just £5 per for a weekend ticket. To book your tickets go to or buy on the door.

The show runs until 21-23 July.

24 January

The three-day Western Boat Show will cover the offshore and inland cruising markets, with the latest sailing, canal, RIBS and power boats on display in Bristol Harbour.

The new event will be held from 21-23 July 2017 during the Bristol Harbour Festival, which attracts more than 250,000 visitors.

The consumer show is being run by the organisers of the Northern Boat Show in Liverpool, which is now in its third year.

“There are huge similarities with our Liverpool show including the ability to cater for both the inland and offshore markets and by being part of a huge maritime festival it makes it a real attraction to visitors,” explained the event director of the Western Boat Show, Richard Milbourn.

“We have a proven track record of launching and running events in this market and Bristol is a perfect location because it reaches an audience that is far away from the established boat shows and we’re looking forward to capturing another untapped market,” he added.

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The Bristol Harbour Festival celebrates the city’s vibrant harbour side and sees the harbour filled with two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers.

The Western Boat Show aims to “put sailing boats, power boats and marine products, systems and services in front of serious boat buyers”, according to organisers.

As well as a water exhibition, there will be land-based stands and entertainment alongside Bristol’s newly developed Hannover Quay.

Because of Bristol’s position on the River Avon, it has been an important location for marine trade for centuries and was the second largest port in England after London.

This maritime history is reflected in the Bristol Harbour Festival which has been running for over 40 years and last year involved more than 240 vessels.

This year, the Northern Boat Show will be held on 23-25 June, 2017, to coincide with the International Mersey River Festival.

Organisers say bookings for the Liverpool show have bene going “so well” that they have had to double the land exhibition space by adding Canning Dock Quayside.

Marine craft will be displayed at both Salthouse and Albert Docks.

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