The Trunk Traders area enables jumblers to clear lockers, sheds and garages and sell unwanted nautical paraphernalia from car boots.

Thousands of bargain hunters are expected to flock to Beaulieu Boatjumble this Sunday, 23 April, to browse hundreds of stalls and stands selling both new and used kit, clothes and craft.

The event will mark Beaulieu’s 40th boat jumble and event sponsor Practical Boat Owner magazine will also celebrate our 50th birthday at the show.

Beaulieu Boatjumble

Don’t miss free practical boating talks and demonstrations! PBO’s Ask the Experts Live event is returning to Beaulieu Boatjumble for a third year.

The schedule includes demonstrations for cooking on board, the art of anchoring, DIY, maintenance, repairs, how to read the skies, electronics and an RNLI lifejacket clinic.

The talks, which are sponsored this year by Sika, will run from 10am to 4pm, followed by an Experts’ Question Time until 4.30pm. All are welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.

Download the talks schedule here

What else is happening?

Ocean Brothers rowing challenge

In the Boatmall you can hear first hand about the Ocean Brothers’ challenge to raise £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation by rowing across the Atlantic in memory of their late father and stepfather.

For those boaters in need of a clear-out, Trunk Traders s the ideal opportunity for jumblers to clear their lockers, sheds and garages and sell unwanted nautical paraphernalia from their car boots.

You can turn up on the day as Trunk Trader stand holders – organisers say they still have a few stands left and can make more if needed!

One thing to note is that only cars are classified as a small Trunk Trader – £39. Anything other than that – any panel van, or a car with trailer is a large Trunk Trader at £80. Event organisers are unable to accept any van over 6m, maximum height 2.7ms. and they must be panel vans and not dropsides, luton vans or vans with trailers or lorries – none of these are able to attend.

Beaulieu events manager Judith Maddox said: ‘We now have over 500 stands and Trunk Traders booked in so a good full show and tickets sales are doing well.

‘We’re also a guaranteed dry day (I hope!)’

Beaulieu Boatjumble in 1982

Beaulieu Boatjumble in 1982. Credit: Beaulieu

To mark this year’s landmark event children under 12 will be given free admission to the show for the first time, with a special reduced ticket price for teenagers.

Showgoers can see up-close a selection of new and used boats for sale in Boatmart, while Boatmall offers a wide selection of the latest maritime products from leading manufacturers.

Free boating talks and demonstrations

Find the PBO Ask the Experts’ Live marquee by the main gate.

10am-10.45am: COOKING ON BOARD
David Wells, a catering, events and hospitality management lecturer at South Devon College, will be demonstrating how tasty, inventive dishes can be prepared on just one or two gas burners in limited galley space.

Chef David Wells from South Devon College

Chef David Wells from South Devon College


Experienced cruisers Daria and Alex Blackwell, authors of Happy Hooking – The Art of Anchoring will be sharing advice on anchoring tackle, anchoring technique, tying up and rafting, anchoring etiquette, and anecdotes.

Daria, who is Rear Commodore of the Ocean Cruising Club, said: ‘Any time cruisers get together, it is not long before a discussion – sometimes heated – ensues about favourite anchoring gear and stories about antics in anchorages far and wide.’

Alex added: ‘We’ve distilled years of experience and much research into the performance of gear and how to deploy it effectively. We look forward to sharing some of our learnings and answering your questions in the PBO Experts Live event.’

David Johnson from Wessex Resins at PBO Ask the Experts Live at Beaulieu Boatjumble 2016

David Johnson from Wessex Resins at PBO Ask the Experts Live at Beaulieu Boatjumble 2016

Gary Thompson from WEST SYSTEM Epoxy from Wessex Resins will demonstrate how to repair holes in glassfibre boats.

Jerry Henwood, aka Jerry the rigger of Gosport, who has worked in the rigging industry for more than 25 years and is the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) official rigger, will demonstrate DIY rigging checks. (With a dummy mast courtesy of Seldén Mast Limited.)

PBO sails expert Ian Brown from OneSails GBR questions why we need to actively trim sails and looks at the principal sail trim controls that influence sail shape and how the boat subsequently performs.

Tom Edwards, technical manager at ASAP Supplies, reveals the major reasons for engine breakdowns and how to avoid them, using a demo engine kindly supplied by Hamble School of Yachting.

Tom said: ‘ASAP Supplies are looking forward to supporting PBO Ask the Experts by presenting top tips for diesel engine maintenance. We will be talking through and demonstrating the basics of the marine diesel engines and some of the more common issues we come across to increase your safety while at sea. Two area we will be focusing on is the fuel system and the engine cooling system.’

Sika's Gareth Ross at PBO Ask the Experts Live

Sika’s Gareth Ross at PBO Ask the Experts Live

Gareth from Sika concentrates on the correct procedure for bonding plastic windows, including cleaning, priming, and adhesive selection, plus the do’s and don’ts.

Gareth said: ‘After last year’s popularity it is fantastic to return to Beaulieu. Ask the Experts Live! is a great platform to engage with boat owners and demonstrate how to use Sika Marine products correctly and with confidence.’

Met Office weather forecaster Penny Tranter and her colleague Nick Ashton will share their knowledge of how to prepare for and respond to impacts from the weather.

Penny said: ‘I look forward to presenting ‘How To Read The Skies’ at Beaulieu Boatjumble at the busy PBO Experts Live event, which is an ideal forum for this talk. As the audience are always interested to find out more about how they can understand, prepare and make use of the weather when out on the water, as well as always having the opportunity to ask pertinent, wide ranging and occasionally challenging questions!’

PBO Ask the Experts Live at Beaulieu Boatjumble

Met Office weather forecaster Penny Tranter at PBO Ask the Experts Live at Beaulieu Boatjumble


Electronics on board
PBO tester Alan Watson will once again be manning a stand to offer his expertise about electronics on board – particularly radar and navigation systems, supported by Raymarine.

RNLI free lifejacket checks at Ask the Experts Live at Beaulieu Boatjumble 2016

RNLI free lifejacket checks at Ask the Experts Live at Beaulieu Boatjumble 2016

Lifejacket clinic
The RNLI Community Safety team will return for a third year to host a free lifejacket clinic throughout the day.

David Monks, who is a Community Safety Officer for Central Solent (and therefore Beaulieu) said: ‘The Boatjumble is a highlight of our local calendar and the RNLI generally and the local Community Safety Team in particular look forward to this as a ‘kick off’ to the season.

‘As in previous year’s we will have experienced Community Safety Advisors on hand conducting Lifejacket Checks (and showing owners how they can check for themselves) as well as promoting our Advice On Board checks, Calling For Help, Man Over Board Recovery and numerous other topics).

‘Unlike last year we now have an expanded team locally so are able to respond quickly to requests for advice and assistance with water safety and will be at the forefront of the Respect The Water campaign run by the RNLI each year.’

Beaulieu Boatjumble 2017 map

Click here to download a Beaulieu Boatjumble 2017 map

The Boatjumble starts at the new opening time of 10am and closes at 4pm.

Under-12s go free but please note, they will still require a ticket.

For more details on Boatjumble, including tickets and prices, click here.