Boats on show to public

More than 40 boats and a wide range of marine-based businesses will be on show and open to the public free of charge at the Waikawa Boat Show this weekend.

Everybody is invited to the fourth annual Waikawa Boat Show, which will be held in and around the Waikawa Boating Club at Waikawa Marina from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Waikawa Boat Show co-ordinator Ian Michel, from Vining Shipbrokers, said support for the show had grown every previous year and this one should be no exception.

More than 40 yachts, launches and power boats will be open for the public and a wide range of marine-based businesses will have stalls inside the boat club headquarters.

"It's everybody showcasing their wares, their goods, and what they can do. There's a good selection of boats right across the board, from cheap inflatables worth a couple of hundred [dollars] to big launches worth hundreds of thousands.

"The boats in the show are all open and we'll keep an eye on them, of course," he said.

"A lot of people use it to get ideas for their own boats or to become familiar with what the market prices are and for the support services."

Organisers offered entry to people currently advertising their boats, boating enthusiasts and anyone who had a nice boat to show off.

The event drew about 3500 people last year and Mr Michel hoped to beat that number this year.

"We're hoping that the weather gods treat us well.

"Children are very welcome, quite often it's the children who bring their parents."

Mr Michel decided to create the boat show after moving back to Picton four years ago and borrowed the idea from a similar show in Tauranga.

Port Marlborough supported the event and "without them we wouldn't have been able to grow it like this," he said.

The Marlborough Express