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The exciting new show for boat enthusiasts, the Western Boat Show, has revealed more of the boats that will be joining its fantastic display of power boats, cruisers, ribs and sailing boats at Bristol’s harbour from 21 to 23 July, as part of the Bristol Harbour Festival.

New boats now include a Sedna 24, Phantom Sports Boat, Pirate 21 and Smartliner Fisher 23 brought by exhibitors Edge Water Marine, Phantom Boat Sales, Pirate Boats and South West Yacht Brokers. These are just some of the boats alongside BRIG, Broom, Dad’s Boats, Exel Boats, Glastron Boats, Jeanneau, Warrior Boats and Zodiac.

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. 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. For full details of all the exhibitors at the show go to

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

Milbourn added, “plus our sponsors have some great prizes on offer including a Fairview Sailing weekend yacht charter, a Sailing Logic introduction to racing course for 2 and a Helly Hansen sailing jacket. Entry is free and all you need to do is answer a simple question on the website at”

The Show is free to all Festival visitors and serious boat owners can buy premium tickets to give them exclusive access to the specialist areas. 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.

Bristol Harbour Festival is the mother of all maritime festivals which celebrates the city’s vibrant harbourside and sees the harbour filled with two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers. Over 250 vessels of all shapes and sizes will be tied up at every available mooring space including three impressive tall ships – The Kaskelot, The Earl of Pembroke and the Phoenix. With the Royal Navy’s Hunt Class Ship alongside two Archer Class P2000s.

Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Western Boat Show is the perfect place to start your search. On at Bristol Harbour from 21 to 23 July 2017, you can find out more at


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Borrow a Boat – the UK’s first peer-to-peer boat charter company – has launched a new platform which will bring thousands of boat owners and boating enthusiasts from across the world together.

With up to 90 percent of boats left sitting in docks completely unused, Borrow a Boat aims to connect people who want to get out on the water for less, with boat owners interested in turning their boat into a business which can pay it’s own way.

Billed as "the Airbnb for Boats", Borrow a Boat currently offers boat charterers over 4000 charter options across 40 countries – and they aim to have over 10,000 choices later this year.

Charter options range from small day boats to luxury £1m plus yachts and everything in between available for as little as a few hundred pounds a day to tens of thousands of pounds for week long bookings.

Matt Ovenden, the Founder of Borrow a Boat, said “we are really excited about the launch of the new platform, which is a one stop shop for any one wishing to charter out a boat. Our aim is to make boating accessible for all and dispel the myth that you need to be a celebrity or millionaire to take out a yacht on the high seas”.

Matt continues, “I’ve been sailing my whole life and it’s always amazed me how many incredible boats end up just sitting in docks because their owners don’t have time to sail them; and yet there are thousands of people who happily pay and would love to make use of those boats if only they could. It occurred to us there was a gap in the market for an easy to use platform that would make borrowing a boat easy – which is how we came up with the idea for Borrow a Boat”.

For more information about how you can get on the water for less visit



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