The 2016 London Boat Show will mark the end of an era for the PBO team as we prepare to say bon voyage to our fully-restored project boat after four years.

Help us give our beloved Snapdragon 23 Hantu Biru a good send-off by visiting her on the boardwalk (stand A220/Q) where you can still enter the competition to win her. The London Boat Show, which runs from 8-17 January at ExCeL, London Docklands, will mark the last chance for members of the public to look over the PBO Project Boat before the competition ends and Hantu Biru finds a new home with the prize draw winner.

Another boat restored to her former glory and exhibited at the show (stand G150) will be the 50-year-old McGruer classic 8m cruiser-racer Altricia, following an overhaul by the master shipwrights of Mylor Yacht Harbour’s Marine Team. Princess Yachts will also be exhibiting their Project 31@50 boat – a refurbished version of the company’s original boat design.

Made in Chelsea reality TV personality and model Lucy Watson will join British Marine Boat Shows at 11am on Friday 8 January 2016 to officially open the 62nd annual London Boat Show. Britain’s greatest Olympic sailor and America’s Cup challenger Sir Ben Ainslie is expected to make a midweek appearance.

Ben Ainslie Racing team display
The Land Rover BAR stand (A001) will once again be awash with interactive displays and competitions. In addition to the interactive power grinder, merchandise, Spinlock safety gear and the presence of Team Origin Events selling advanced tickets for the upcoming Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Portsmouth.

Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows, said: ‘As the British Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup, Land Rover BAR has inspired a nation. We will be offering visitors to the London Boat Show an exclusive opportunity to delve into the world of the America’s Cup. Showcasing technologies and innovations straight out of the team’s HQ, visitors will be able to learn and interact with the innovations behind the bid to bring the Cup home.’

Land Rover BAR at the London Boat Show. © Harry Kenney-Herbert

Land Rover BAR at the London Boat Show. © Harry Kenney-Herbert

Show highlights

Thousands of boats and brands from hundreds of British and international companies will be showcased at the event, including Suzuki GB, Four Winns, Arthur Beale and Lewmar.

New attractions will include a Mediterranean Bay with waterfront cafés and a specially-built pool hosting live demonstrations. Spanning an area of 500sqm, the pool will enable visitors to test their boating capabilities and to try water-walking, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding, blind steering a powerboat and close-quarters yacht manoeuvring.Equipped instructors will be on hand to facilitate them all.  All on-the-water sessions are free-of-charge and cannot be booked in advanced. To book a session, visitors must visit the Rockley Watersports stand (D003/D004) at the show to book an available activity for that day. Drysuits and use of a changing room will be also be provided.

A ’60s Revival will showcase boating highlights from the era including an Amphicar, a Fairey Huntsman 28, a Riva Junior, a Mirror Dinghy and a Jaguar E-Type. There will also be the London Boat Show Theatre, where Sky Sports sailing commentator Alec Wilkinson will be welcoming Ian Walker, Dee Caffari, Pete Cumming, Steve White and Dan Hardy among other sporting figures.

Feature boats displayed on the ExCeL London dockside, alongside exhibitor’s boats, will include Massey Shaw, MY Kent, MT Touchstone and Melissa.

The Time Inc stand C162 will be offering great PBO subscription deals.

Advance tickets start from £10, with two children under the age of 15 going free with each adult. Additional concessions are also available. Use the EX12 code to get a discount before midnight on 7 January 2016.