It's free to attend!

Scotland’s largest boat show returns to Kip Marina

in Inverclyde this Friday with a host of attractions and a record number of vessels on display.

For the first time in the show’s 28 year history,

visitors will be able to get a birds-eye view of the new and pre-owned boats, with discounted helicopter rides over the event’s three days of 11, 12 and 13 October.

With last year’s show attracting thousands of

visitors plus exhibitors from all over the UK and Ireland – many of whom took

part in last month’s Southampton Boat Show – Scotland’s Boat Show 2013 (SBS13)

is expecting a record breaking weekend.

More than 130 pre-owned craft will be on

display from £500 dinghies to £1million luxury motor yachts, while new boats

will be exhibited by manufacturers Hanse, Dehler, Princess, Trusty, Salona,

Benetau, Swift, Bavaria, J-boats, Grand Soleil and Sunseeker.

Take to the sky

Visitors can take to

the sky this year with HG Helicopters who are operating short pleasure flights

from Kip Marina, which include a swoop out over the River

Clyde, to see the spectacular Scottish

scenery for £35 per person. Advance bookings can be made by

calling 01475 521485.

New on board for 2013 are sponsors Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Scotland who

host the RYA Marquee filled with companies exhibiting the latest trends and

developments in marine products and leisure exhibitors, plus the RYA Theatre

which will host a range of workshops, lectures and receptions.

On-the-water opportunities

For those who are new to boating, a series of

sailing and 

powerboating ‘taster’ sessions are available at SBS13 in conjunction with Seatrek Training and RYA Scotland.

For those who like their boats on the bigger side

Arnold Clark DRUM, the famous Maxi racing yacht, will be also be offering

people the chance to get on board.

The RYA Scotland programme offers a number of free sessions of different

activities for all ages.

Visitors wishing to get out on the water will be required to fill in a booking form. For some of the activities

you can also book your place in advance of the show.

Spaces at limited

so make sure you get in there early to secure the slot you

would prefer.

Click here for the on-the-water offerings.

Click here for the RYA’s On Shore programme of


Other attractions

On shore entertainment will also include cars

from Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Volvo, plus a static helicopter from Heli

Air Scotland.

New for SBS13 is the Clyde-Life Style Marquee of

artisan talent and luxury goods including designer furniture, clothing and


There will be a Farmers Market,

performances from the West of Scotland Military Wives Choir, Moorfoot School Choir and

a Pipe Band, plus a dedicated children’s area with bungee trampolines and giant

soft play zone.

Scotland’s Boat Show 2013 opens each day at 10am

and admission is free.

Don’t forget to visit the Practical Boat Owner stand, meet PBO Editor David Pugh and snap up the latest issue at a special discounted show price.