Boat Buying Guide: Boat Shows

New to boating and don’t know where to start? Why not join us this September and see what’s on show!

We have multiple boats on show from the different brands we offer:

Bayliner make a perfect family boat with high freeboards, lots of convenient amenities such as drink holders and grab handles, multi-function seating and more! Rand offer a luxurious modern Scandinavian approach to boating with both electric boats and petrol boats. New to Bates Wharf from Italy, we have the beautiful Azimut Yachts on the water. In their words: Azimut means luxury, technological knowledge, performance and Italian excellence since 1969. Beneteau offer outboard powered day boats, overnight boats and sports fishing boats – perfectly versatile for all the family. For the jet ski lovers amongst us, Kawasaki will have a fantastic range offering the latest models. And for something different, our Luxury Bluefield Floating Homes will have the M350 on display – a fantastic floating home or holiday investment alike.

The Southampton Boat Show is one of the largest and most prestigious boat shows in the UK, and there are several compelling reasons why you should consider joining us there if you’re interested in buying a boat:

  1. Wide Range of Boats: The Southampton Boat Show typically showcases a diverse range of boats, from luxury yachts to smaller recreational family boats, sports boats, sailboats, and powerboats. This gives you the opportunity to explore a variety of options and find the type and size of boat that suits your preferences and needs.
  2. Expert Advice: We and other experienced boat dealers and marine experts can provide you with valuable advice and information about the boats on display. This can help you make an informed decision about the type of boat that best matches your intended use, budget, and other considerations.
  3. Comparative Shopping: Attending the boat show allows you to compare different boat models and brands side by side. This can be particularly helpful for assessing features, design, build quality, and pricing. You can gather a lot of information in a short amount of time, which might take much longer if you were visiting individual dealerships.
  4. Hands-On Experience: Unlike looking at boats online or in brochures, at the Southampton Boat Show, you can physically step aboard the boats, examine the interior and exterior, sit in the cockpit, and get a real feel for the space and layout. This can help you determine if a particular boat suits your comfort and lifestyle preferences.
  5. Networking: Boat shows provide an excellent opportunity to connect with other boating enthusiasts, including both buyers and sellers. You can exchange experiences, tips, and recommendations with fellow attendees, helping you gain insights that might not be readily available elsewhere.
  6. Exclusive Deals and Promotions: At every show we have special factory-backed show-only discounts which can mean significant cost saving and/or added value for your purchase.
  7. Accessories and Services: In addition to boats, boat shows often feature a wide range of marine accessories, equipment, electronics, and services. This can be advantageous if you’re looking to outfit your boat with the necessary gear, electronics, safety equipment, and more.
  8. Educational Opportunities: Many boat shows host educational seminars, workshops, and demonstrations on various boating topics. Whether you’re a seasoned boater or a novice, these sessions can enhance your knowledge of boating techniques, safety practices, maintenance, and more.
  9. Inspiration and Enjoyment: Even if you’re not certain about buying a boat yet, boat shows are a fantastic place to immerse yourself in the world of boating. You can find inspiration for future adventures and get a sense of the boating lifestyle.
  10. Professional Guidance: With years of experience, we can help guide you through the purchasing process, helping you make a well-informed decision.

Overall, the Southampton Boat Show provides a unique and comprehensive experience that can significantly assist you in your boat-buying journey. It allows you to interact with boats, industry experts, and fellow enthusiasts all in one place, making it an excellent choice for anyone interested in purchasing a boat.

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We look forward to seeing you there!