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Poole Harbour Boat Show draws record crowds

Poole Harbour Boat Show

The 5th annual Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS), in association with Sunseeker, which took place from 7th – 9th June, welcomed a record number of visitors from across the south and beyond. Event organisers are delighted with the continued success and growth of the event and reported thousands heading to the quayside and marina to enjoy the vast array of entertainment, boat displays and activities on offer over the weekend. Despite the heavy rain and high winds, which had threatened to spoil the popular event, visitors headed in their droves to Poole port and the sun did come out!

The PHBS is run by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) and has the proud boast of being the largest, FREE to attend boat show in the UK. The Boat Show’s ambitions and theme are to get people ‘on the water’, particularly young people and this was certainly achieved. The show had something for everyone, including over 100 boats on the water, including tall ships, celebrity style yachts and motor cruises. There was an impressive line-up of ‘on-the water’ activities and workshops which included free taster sessions, allowing visitors to try their hand at paddle boarding, kayaking and dinghy sailing. Visitors were urged to ‘simply turn up and book a slot’.

There were many ‘firsts’ for the show and this year included the Poole Bay 100 Power Boat Racing which saw over 33 power boats in the marina, preparing to race out at sea at up to speeds of 120mph.

Newfoundland Rescue dogs made their first appearance and proved to be a huge crowd puller.

The show’s ambitious eco plans caused a stir with many new eco initiatives introduced and welcomed by the public. These included; efforts to eliminate use of single-use plastics wherever possible, ‘top tips’ provided by the organisers encouraging exhibitors to be eco-friendly, urging visitors to bring refillable water bottles and the provision of refill stations. Refillable coffee cups were also provided to exhibitors.

Of particular interest to visitors was the display of some of the plastic waste that had been collected from just one weekend of the recent ‘Big Harbour Clean Up’, which was run in collaboration with PHC. Rosie Bailey, a Big Harbour Clean Up organiser advised, “Over just one weekend of the harbour clean- up we collected enough plastic rubbish and waste to fill 4 skips! Our display at the boat show, which showed just a portion of what was collected, has instigated lots of conversations and interest from show visitors. It has been fantastic for awareness.”

Poole Harbour Marketing Manager Tracy Payne advised, “We have more plans for the 2020 Boat Show to become even more environmentally friendly. Watch this space!”

Poole Harbour Commissioners CEO Jim Stewart enthused, “This has been a hugely successful boat show. We have had lots of additional features this year which have proven to be very popular. We really feel that our mission to ‘get people on the water’ has been a success and attracted visitors to the show. The marine environment focus this year has also shown to be extremely popular and grabbed attention. We hear from marina exhibitors that boats have been sold and excellent sales leads achieved, which is excellent news. Over the weekend we welcomed the ‘Grand Circle Travel’ 7-star cruise ship, Corinthian, into the port. No doubt the cruise ship guests were thrilled to be part of the show.”

The next Poole Harbour Boat Show will take place on 12th – 14th June 2020.

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Poole Harbour Boat Show has big eco ambitions

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS), in association with Sunseeker, has big eco ambitions for its upcoming annual boat show and is showing its commitment to marine conservation.

Poole Harbour Boat Show Marketing Manager Tracy Payne advised, “We are eliminating our use of single-use plastics, wherever possible, and asking our exhibitors to do the same. We are providing them with our ‘top tips’ for being an eco-friendly exhibitor. We are encouraging visitors to the boat show to bring refillable water bottles and will provide details of all the refill stations to be found at the event in our show magazine. To continue with the reduction of single use plastic, Poole Quay Boat Haven will be providing refillable coffee cups to all of our exhibitors.”

It’s not just the use of single use plastics that the Poole Harbour Boat Show are focusing on. Tracy continued, “We’ve hired in extra recycling collection points to make our visitors more aware of how they get rid of their rubbish. We are also delighted to have teamed up with ‘GoPladdle’ and to be collaborating with them for ‘The Big Harbour Clean Up’ which takes place from 18th – 19th May, in advance of the boat show in June.”

Founders of GoPladdle Jake Sculthorp and Rosie Bailey commented, “GoPladdle was founded along the south coast of the UK, with a mission to unite communities and clean up our oceans and beaches, focusing not just on cleaning efforts but also prevention. Our team of volunteers will be driving the Big Harbour Clean Up in conjunction with the Poole Harbour Boat Show and ‘Surfers against sewage plastic free communities’. We would urge anyone who would like to get involved in The Big Harbour Clean Up to get in touch and register their interest on

We are keen to attract individual participants or groups. We will be allocating pick up points around Poole Harbour and facilitating and co-ordinating the clean-up. We are also particularly keen to attract clean up organisers. We’ve got public liability insurance and risk assessments to make it easy for organisers to come on board.”

Continuing Jake added, “In recent years, awareness of plastic pollution has increased, but unfortunately, so has the scale of the problem. Of 13 billion plastic bottles used each year in the UK, only 7.7 billion (59%) are collected for recycling. This begs the question, where is the other 41% going?’ Please do get in touch and help to make a real difference to your local environment.We’d love to hear from you.”

Tracy concluded, “We will be displaying all the plastics that we find during the Big Harbour Clean Up at the boat show in order to create awareness and illustrate the problems we are facing with plastic pollution. We would like to encourage others to be more environmentally aware, even the small changes can make a difference when we work together.”

The Poole Harbour Boat Show will open daily from 10am – 6pm, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June. For further details visit:

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Marina exhibitor spaces sell out for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Marina exhibitor spaces for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS), which takes place from 7th-9th June, have sold out.

Delighted event organisers advised, “The Show is really bucking the trend in terms of regional boat shows and we are thrilled at the level of interest and attention that the PHBS is receiving. It is continuing to grow in popularity and bookings have exceeded our expectations and we are now in the fortunate and enviable position of having sold all of our marina exhibitor spaces! We are looking forward to welcoming a real cross selection of exhibitors including Sunseeker, Ribeye, Sealine, Beneteau Power and Sail, and Jeanneau This year’s Show will see over 100 boats on the water and has so much to offer visitors.”

Poole Harbour Commissioner’s Marinas Manager Kerrie Gray advised, “The PHBS is now in its 5th year. We welcomed over 32,000 visitors in 2018 and have been recognised as the fastest growing boat show in the UK. We are also the biggest FREE to attend boat show on the South coast. Exhibitor numbers have increased year-on-year and we’ve forged some extremely positive and strong partnerships. We still have a few quayside exhibitor spaces available and would urge anyone interested in exhibiting on the land to get in contact in order to secure their space. We’re proud that our sea and land exhibitors are covering every aspect of the marine industry; from dinghies, yachts, day boats and super yachts to marine clothing, marine training and engines!”

The show will open daily from 10am – 6pm, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June. For further details visit:

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Set Sail for the 5th Poole Harbour Boat Show

Set Sail for the 5th Poole Harbour Boat Show

The fifth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show, in association with Sunseeker, will return to our shores between 7th and 9th June, from its award-winning home, the Poole Quay Boat Haven. With over 32,000 people in attendance in 2018 the Show, organised by Poole Harbour Commissioners, continues to be the biggest-ever, FREE to attend Boat Show on the south coast. The Boat Show’s ambitions and theme are to get people ‘on the water’, particularly young people.

In addition to more than an anticipated 200 exhibitors, over 100 boats will be on the water, including tall ships, celebrity style yachts and motors cruises. There will also be an impressive line-up of ‘on the water’ activities and workshops which includes:

· Taster sessions: For those who want to see which water sport suits them best, there will be FREE taster sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Paddle boarding, kayaking and dinghy sailing will be provided by Rockley Watersports and there will also be cruiser sailing provided by the Yacht Clubs of Poole.

· Racing: Visitors to the show will be able to see dinghy and yacht racing over the weekend. The 2019 Poole Bay 100 Power Boat Racing will make Poole Harbour its base over the weekend of the Boat Show. Power Boats will arrive on Friday 7th and racing will take place on Saturday 8th June. Visitors to the Boat Show will be able to view the boats in between races.

· Demonstrations: There will be a number of exciting demonstrations across the weekend, including the RNLI and Poole Harbour Commissioners putting on fascinating displays which show what their work involves on a day to day basis. The Newfoundland dogs will impress visitors with a spectacular water rescue performed by a 14 stone, lifesaving Newfoundland dog.

· Firework Display: The stunning and ever- impressive Friday and Saturday evening firework displays are always popular events. This year’s fireworks are sponsored by Sibbett Gregory and Brittany Ferries, respectively. Start time is 21:45 on both evenings.

· Freefall Parachute Display Team: The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) freefall parachute display team, will be landing directly in the harbour. Sponsored by WQI Marine Ltd. Display time: 4pm on Saturday 8th June.

· Official opening: Friday 7th June – Sailor and Vendee Globe competitor, Pip Hare will be opening the Show.

· Live Music Stage: There will be free family entertainment, with a live music stage creating a central feature, with a packed agenda of bands, choirs and entertainment. There will also be a family picnic area with a sandpit for children to enjoy and perhaps even the odd piece of treasure to find!

Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said, “This year’s event has gained significant momentum and we are particularly pleased at the attention and support that the Boat Show is receiving, now in its 5th year. We are incredibly proud at how its reputation has grown within the marine industry, local and regional business communities and the enthusiasm being shown by the public to attend and get involved. 2019 promises lots of expansion and lots of focus on our event objectives of getting people ‘on the water’. Poole has such a very rich maritime history and the PHBS is a wonderful way to celebrate all that it has to offer.”

Jim advised, “At the Poole Harbour Boat Show we’ve got something for everyone. We would urge you to come down to Poole Quay and enjoy this fantastic FREE event! Officially opening the Boat Show on Friday 7th will be successful sailor and marine journalist Pip Hare. Pip will be competing in the world’s toughest yacht race, The Vendee Globe, and in November 2020 will be lining up with 30 international skippers to single- handedly race a 60ft boat around the world, non-stop. She has ambitious plans to break records and certainly has the determination and grit to do so! www.piphareoceanracing.com

The show will open daily from 10am – 6pm, Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June. For further details visit:

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Marina Exhibitor sales flying for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Marina exhibitor sales for the 2019 Poole Harbour Boat Show (PHBS), which takes place from 7th-9th June, are breaking previous event records and organisers are urging interested exhibitor companies to get in touch in order not to miss out on being a part of the popular boat show.

Poole Harbour Commissioner’s Marinas Manager Kerrie Gray advised, “Last year we had a record 115 boats in the water, this year we’ve seen a phenomenal response with the majority of our 2018 exhibitors renewing to come back! Exhibitors will once again include Ribeye, Sealine, Beneteau Power and Sail and of course our in-association sponsor Sunseeker. We’ve also seen lots of new company enquiries and bookings and this means we have already sold over 75% of our available marina spaces. There’s also been a very positive number of enquiries for our quayside spaces – we put this down to the previous successes of the event, with 2018 proving to be particularly popular.”

Continuing Kerrie enthused, “The PHBS is now in its 5th year. We welcomed over 32,000 visitors in 2018 and have been recognised as the fastest growing boat show in the UK. We’re also the biggest FREE to attend boat show on the South coast. Visitor numbers have increased year-on-year, and we’ve forged some extremely positive and strong partnerships”

PHC Marketing Director, Tracy Payne said, “The 2019 event, which is being run in association with Sunseeker International, is gaining significant momentum and we are particularly pleased at the attention and support that the boat show is receiving. People from within the marine industry and many local businesses and organisations are keen to find out more and learn how they can get involved. 2019 promises lots of expansion and more focus on our event objectives of getting people ‘on the water’, particularly younger people. There will be many varied opportunities to get on the water throughout the boat show weekend, including workshops taking place on the Tall Ships and ‘Try a Boat’ sessions.”

Anyone interested in exhibiting is asked to contact Kerrie on Tel: 01202 649488

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A wonderful mix of working lives in Poole Harbour at the European Maritime Festival…

Coleman Insurance Brokers enjoyed their presence at the Poole Harbour Boat Show, which took place over the weekend of 19th – 21st May at Poole Quay and was part of the 2017 European Maritime Event.

The Boat Show is in its 3rd year and has gained an enviable reputation amongst not only locals but also the marine industry and attracted large crowds despite the inclement weather.

Coleman’s Manager of Yacht & Commercial Craft, Tony Pauffley advised, “It was great to be amongst our clients, exhibitors, marine enthusiasts and visitors at the Boat Show and the European Maritime Festival.

“We opened the Coleman quayside offices 2 years ago and we are really enjoying working in this stunning location in the heart of Poole amongst many of our marine trade clients and boat owners.

“The variety and diverse mix of businesses at Poole Quay never fails to amaze me…everyone working together in close proximity but with such different day to day experiences and lives. In this article we have included some of the conversations that we have enjoyed during the European Maritime Festival with a variety of the local businesses to illustrate this wonderful mix of working lives in Poole Harbour.”


Charter angling boat ……

Trueblue is a popular charter angling boat, owned and run by Poole based fisherman Steve Porter who has been based in the harbour for 19 years and enjoys an outstanding reputation with local anglers. Many of his customers book multiple trips on the boat throughout the year, booking up to a year in advance.

There isn’t a typical day for Steve, whose week to date has included a fishing trip to Alderney in the Channel Islands, a trip to the middle of the English Channel for fishing around a ship wreck, fishing off the coast at Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic coast and a trip around Poole Harbour.

Steve advised, “It’s a dream job in which I get to meet some wonderful people. We attract proper anglers who bring their own equipment with them. We release most of what we catch and bring little home to the table. Today, for example, we caught 140 bream but only retained 30. What we catch depends very much on what we are targeting and evolves throughout the year. The sheltered waters of Poole Harbour are a great place to be, providing almost year-round fishing opportunities when sea conditions further afield might be unsuitable.”


Poole Boat Charters, entertaining on the water

Marine business Poole Boat Charters is run by husband and wife team Simon and Drenagh Wootton who own the impressively sized 50 foot ‘Good Times’ motor boat. The couple have always had a love of the water and have managed to combine their passion for boating to create an incredibly successful business in Poole Harbour.

Drenagh enthused, “We’d always wanted a bigger boat but needed to find a way to fund it and decided that offering boat charters was the way to do this. It’s an incredibly unique boat and unlike any other in Poole Harbour in that there is so much space on board- perfect for guests to relax, take time out to sit and chat with friends and enjoy a glass of wine. We have a huge deck which can be enclosed or open and lots of space to sunbathe when the sun’s out. We’ve been taken by surprise by just how popular she’s proved to be.   It’s particularly satisfying being able to turn a hobby in to a side-line. We absolutely love what we do.

“It’s wonderful to wake up to the outstanding views and we particularly value the vibrant marine community in the harbour. There’s always someone around wanting to have a chat and it’s great how everyone is willing to help each other out.”


Greenslades Pleasure Boats on the water

The Greenslades family name is well known in Poole as two sides of a family have made Poole Harbour the heart of their businesses. Greenslades Pleasure Boats are just shy of 50 years old, having been launched in 1970 when founder ‘Rusty’ Greenslade spotted a business opportunity. He’d previously worked in a kiosk at Poole Quay selling fast food. His kiosk looked out on to the quay front and he was very aware of the huge footfall of visitors to quayside. His elder brother Harold was a Ship Wright and Loftman and Rusty commissioned him to build a fishing boat. Half way through the build, however, they had a change of plan as it became clear that the fishing grounds in Poole bay had become over fished by visiting fishermen. Rusty made the canny decision to convert the boat in to a passenger boat which he named Eva May after his grandmother.

His second boat Pammy Ann, named after his mother, was launched in 1980 with the new model differing from the first boat in that it had under cover seating for the inclement days and outside seating for the sunny days. Rusty’s son Matt joined the successful family business straight from school at the age of 16 in 1982 and continues to work in Greensaldes, a team that now includes his partner Fiona.

Matt commented, “From Easter until the end of October we work 7 days a week. We have 3 ferries and at the height of summer employ up to 12 -15 staff. Poole Harbour and the pleasure boats are a huge part of our lives. I was even born in the boat yard where Eva May was built! The working community at the Harbour is very close knit, with many families having worked alongside each other for several decades. I enjoy what I do and love the outdoor life.”


Securing the future of Poole Harbour…

Poole Harbour Commissioners recently commissioned Poole based civil engineering company Suttles to complete the second phase of a 4-year project to install a new steel facing in to the ancient quay wall. Work has just been completed on the project which has ensured that the harbour wall is protected from scouring in the future and has reduced its susceptibility to being undermined by boats and activity on the water and materials on the sea bed.

Suttle MD Joe Paine advised, “Over a 4- month period, initially using a very powerful 50 tonne “leader rig” sheet piling machine, we have completed a 120- linear metres of steel sheet piling, installing 14 metre long piles, driving them in to the seabed, in front of the old wall. Ecologically sourced timber fenders have also been installed which protect marine vessels from crashing in to the wall by providing a natural bumper.

“Suttles, through our quarrying arm and now our civil engineering company, has a long history of providing goods and services to enhance the harbour generally. It’s been a good project to be involved in and satisfying to know that our works have future proofed the quay wall and helped to protect the future of Poole Harbour. It also allows for bigger and more powerful vessels to access that part of the harbour too.”

Beds on board…

Online company Beds on Board is often referred to as the air b and b for boats. Based in Lymington it is a global concept and now has boats in over 60 countries. Mark Seamer, Marketing Lead said, “We connect boat owners with accommodation seekers. It’s a great way for boat owners to offset the cost of ownership and guests get the opportunity to stay in some amazing locations, such as Poole Quay. We currently have 10 boats here and Poole Harbour is in our top 5 of UK searches – it’s incredibly popular and visitors use the boats here as a base to explore the beautiful area. Feedback we receive is that they love waking up to the panoramic views out to the bay.

“We have a real variety of accommodation options in the harbour, including a 30 ft yacht, up to a 50 ft motor boat with some very competitive and affordable prices, starting at just £60 for 2 people. It’s a unique alternative to a hotel.”



Sunseeker Sales Executive David Jones was present at the Poole Harbour Boat Show and showing the many visitors around the 2 Sunseeker boats in the harbour. He commented, “We have had a couple of good models added to the fleet and released in the last 12 months – 52’ Manhattan and 66’ Manhattan. We’re building the boats as fast as we can to meet the ever- growing demand. Demand on the 52’ Manhattan is at 1 per week.

“Buyers nowadays do a lot of research on the internet before making an appointment to see us. They’re very knowledgeable and know what they want out of a boat. When they come to us their purchase decision is partly made, or at least they are very aware of what is available.

“We sponsor the Poole Harbour Boat Show because Sunseeker is the largest employer in the area and it gives us the opportunity to engage with the local community and show them the best of British marine products.

“This morning I’ve been showing around some men from our moulding sheds at the factory. Some of them have never been on a finished boat before. They are all really proud to be part of the Sunseeker family!”

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