Award winning marine distributor Starboard Locker has launched an exclusive new product that aims to protect both boats and the environment.

The company has recently worked with a major manufacturer to develop the Bilge Buddy brand of spill containment and absorbent products. This range is specifically built with boat owners in mind for keeping bilges and bilge water free from oil and fuel spills as well as dealing with any fuel spill that may occur when people are refueling tanks or generators.

Managing Director and Co-Founder of Starboard Locker, Ian Lofthouse, said: “In these days of increasing environmental awareness and controls it is essential that we all do what we can to prevent damaging the environment while enjoying our past times responsibly.

“This is particularly true when boating. Any boat with an engine has the potential to damage the environment with fuel, engine or hydraulic oil and even coolant leaks. Every responsible boat owner should carry the basic kit to be able prevent and clean up after any spills or leaks. The Bilge Buddy Range will make sure that you are prepared for this eventuality.”

Come and see Starboard Locker at the Western Boat Show on stand no. H9

t: 0161 641 8604

Western Boat Show launches at Bristol Harbour Festival

The organisers of the Northern Boat Show are launching a Western Boat Show at the heart of the Bristol Harbour Festival to be held in Bristol from 21 to 23 July in 2017. Endorsed by Bristol Harbour Festival, this three-day consumer boat show will put sailing boats, power boats and marine products, systems and services in front of serious boat buyers and more than 250,000 visitors to the Festival. The Northern Boat Show is now in its third year and moving to new dates in 2017 to coincide with the International Mersey River Festival on 23 to 25 June 2017.

The Bristol Harbour Festival is the mother of all maritime festivals which 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 will cover the offshore and inland markets with the latest sailing, canal, ribs and power boats in Bristol Harbour and a land-based exhibition alongside on Bristol’s newly developed Hannover Quay.

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

Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with excellent road, rail, bus and air links. Bristol is ideally situated for road access by being located at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways. 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 over 240 vessels.

The Northern Boat Show is pleased to announce a new media partnership with BoatsandOutboards! Established in 1998, BoatsandOutboards has grown to become the most visited and reliable marine marketplace website in the UK. Over 400,000 boating enthusiasts visit the site each month to search boats and accessories to buy or to place an ad. Whether you're looking for a yacht, sailing boats, motorboats, or even a new Jet ski. For more information about BoatsandOutboards click on

Richard Milbourn, Event Director of the Northern Boat Show said, “Bookings have been going so well for this year’s Show that we have had to double the land exhibition space by adding Canning Dock Quayside. Plus by using both Salthouse and Albert Docks it will enable us to accommodate any type of boat in the water right at the heart of a city and Liverpool’s majestic waterfront.“

Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Northern and Western Boat Shows are the perfect place to start your search. Tickets are now on sale at and



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