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Things are taking off at Scotland’s Boat Show this year

Once again the middle of October will see activity around Kip Marina reaching fever pitch as it plays host to Scotland’s Boat Show – for the 28th year. This time, though, visitors can get involved in the excitement in the air – as well as on land and in the water. HG Helicopters will be offering short pleasure rides from the Inverclyde Marina. Passengers will get a bird’s eye view of the show as well as the chance to swoop over the spectacular scenery of the Clyde and surrounding area. Scotland’s Boat Show takes place on October 11, 12 and 13 and offers a host of entertainment and activity for visitors – well beyond the record number of boats to view or buy for every kind of sailor. Last year’s show attracted almost 12,000 visitors from all over the UK and Europe. This year organisers are expecting to exceed that with an impressive and vast range of vessels.

Breaking previous records for boats on display, there is expected to be a huge selection of new and pre-owned boats, including new yachts from prestigious manufacturers Hanse, Dehler, Princess and Sunseeker.

However, those with a more modest nautical bent will still find more than enough to keep them satisfied. With craft from £500 dinghies to £1 million luxury motor yachts, there will be something for every budget.

Organisers of Scotland’s Boat Show are delighted to welcome RYA Scotland as major sponsors. The RYA Scotland Marquee will be filled with companies exhibiting the latest trends and developments in marine products plus an ever- expanding portfolio of leisure exhibitors many of whom are travelling straight from Southampton Boat Show to Kip Marina. But the RYA Scotland’s involvement isn’t just about exhibition stands. They are premiering the RYA Scotland Theatre – a space for a varied range of workshops, lectures from experts, an RYA Scotland Gold member reception, competitions, special RYA Scotland membership promotions as well as activities for the kids. On shore there will be plenty of dry-land entertainment for visitors to enjoy with cars on show from Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Volvo plus a return for West Coast Harley Davidson motorcycles. Volvo will be showcasing their long involvement with top-level yachting by showing their Ocean Racer range of vehicles

New for this year and sponsored by the prominent lifestyle magazine group is the Clyde Life Style Marquee which shifts the focus away from high adrenaline cars and boats to luxury and artisan talent. In the marquee visitors will find everything from designer furniture, clothing and candles to Scotland’s top crafters with an amazing range of handmade goods. Visitors will also get the chance to enjoy the fare on offer at the Farmers Market which this year features a wide range of local and organic food and gifts. Scotland’s Boat Show 2013 opens each day at 10am and admission is free making it the best value marine event in Scotland and a not to be missed date for your diary.

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Helicopter flights will take place throughout the show and a limited number of seats are available for advance booking by calling

01475 521485

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