For boat lovers in every income group, London's 7th International Boat Show - organised by the Ship and Boat Builder's National Federation - provides a spectacular array.
For boat lovers in every income group, London's 7th International Boat Show - organised by the Ship and Boat Builder's National Federation - provides a spectacular array. Some 760 colourful craft and marine equipment of every kind were seen January 3 at the Earls Court preview.
At the centre of the exhibition is a faithful reproduction of a Mediterranean fishing village and harbour - all conveying the atmosphere of a lively French holiday report. There were shops and houses with shuttered windows, tiled roofs and awnings of every colour.
The highly priced luxury vessels were inevitably the centre of admiration. These ranged from the graceful 36-foot 'Monaco' cabin cruiser at GBP10,965, to yachts and cruiser at around GBP6,000.
But there were plenty of boats at a much lower price range. Many cheap German inflatable boats were under GBP50. One little sailing craft for children - the plywood 'Optimist' - cost only GBP39 complete. Then there were many examples of fibreglass speed-boats at around GBP200-300.
One craft, showing the tendency to produce cheaper and better boats, was a four-seater folding runabout able to be packed into three compact bags. It is used with an outboard motor and it all costs under GBP100.
By way of a charge from boats, several attractive girls showed how nice they looked in 1961 summer styles of swimming and beach-wear. Most people agreed.
Final laugh at the preview came when British comedian Norman Wisdom got in rather a mess with his rowing boat. Nothing seemed to go properly so he tried with only one oar - but he had to be helped out in the end.