Three days of Solent action

The new and improved Hamble Point Boat Show kicks off today with more than 250 new and used boats on display.

Billed in previous years as a used boat show, the organisers have expanded the three-day event, which is free and exhibiting everything from dayboats to larger sailing yachts with Bénéteau and Dehler among the big names taking part.

You can view the boats or take sea trials, talk to experts about anything from insurance to maintenance, source latest kit from the onsite chandlery and browse for bits in the Sea Scouts-run boat jumble.

The RNLI are offering free Sea Safety checks and you can get free gas checks too, or take part in practical workshops with the RYA’s Active Marina programme.

Entertainment includes the first ever on-water gig-pulled tug-o-war, kayak polo, Micro Magic yacht races, RIB rides and bungee trampolining, with displays of model yachts, restorations and figurehead carving, and demonstrations by local rowing and sailing clubs.

Motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars offer an alternative if you’re temporarily boated-out, while on Saturday night there will be a music-filled party.

A giant marquee is housing many exhibitors. PBO will be there on the IPC stand, so why not stop by for a chat with one of the team?

The show is at Hamble Point Marina near Southampton, today until Sunday between 10am-5pm each day.