On Wednesday (4 January) one of the world's biggest boat shows opened in London. The?
On Wednesday (4 January) one of the world's biggest boat shows opened in London. The 12-day International Boat Show in an important showcase for domestic and foreign manufacturers.
SYNOPSIS: The theme of this year's show was Scotland and the centrepiece of the whole exhibition was a mock harbour based on a Highland fishing village complete with Scottish bagpipers.
Even Scotland's Loch Ness monster was represented by a remote controlled model.
Among the more conventional craft was a new cabin cruiser made by the British company, Fairways Marine who also exhibited their trawler yacht with a range of 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometres).
The many British yachts on display reflected a big drive to increase exports of craft and equipment.
But would-be buyers who think small were catered for too, with a set of radio controlled models.
The models, however, don't come cheap. The total cost for eight boats and a pool comes to GBP8,000 (15,600 U.S. dollars)
One of the more interesting foreign exhibits was the Volga 275, a Russian made hydrofoil which is capable of high speeds and which was making its first appearance at the show.
The boat show this year filled over 570 thousand square feet (53 thousand square metres) of exhibition space and over two and a quarter million gallons (ten and a quarter million litres) of water were used to float craft in the sunken harbours. And with a record number of exhibitors taking part, it was described by the organisers as the biggest and best boat show ever.