It's part of the British Marine Federation 'On the Water' campaign

A free event in Devon will be enabling hundreds of people to take to the water in boats ranging from yachts and luxury launches to high speed rigid inflatable boats (RIBs).

The annual Try A Boat Free weekend is being held on the South Embankment, Dartmouth on Saturday 25 May to Sunday 26 May from 10am to 4pm.

It is part of the British Marine Federation (BMF) ‘On the Water’ campaign.

Last year more than 350 people took to the water, now the BMF South West organisers hope even more members of the public will try a boat for free.

The event will be held on South
Embankment, Dartmouth by the Lower Ferry.

BMF members and businesses are invited to take part for free as exhibitors – if
fully paid up BMF member – or for a small costs for non-BMF members.

An event spokesman said: ‘We want as many boats,
products and services on show to help get more people out on the water.

‘The event is organised by the BMF South West
in association with South Devon Marine and we are delighted that South Devon
College and Ribeye Ltd are event sponsors for 2013

‘The following companies and
boats have announced that they will be attending and we are grateful for their

‘This includes South Devon College -
Beneteau 381, Shakespeare 6M RIB, Aquaflyte 4m Ribs; Frogmore Boatyard -
Salcombe Launch 16; Cockwells – Duchy 27 Launch; Ribeye A600 RIB.

‘Other shore-based
exhibitors include Darthaven, Ribeye and Boatshed Dartmouth.

‘Experts are available
throughout both days to discuss with you about buying and owning a boat or
answer your questions.

‘Dartmouth Yacht Club will be open all day to provide
refreshments and if required meeting areas.’

The event is entirely free and open to all ages, although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To book a place, visit the reception unit on the Embankment, book a time slot and
complete a short Safety Form.

All the boats are skippered by qualified or
professional yachtsmen. Lifejackets will be provided and the skipper
will give a short safety briefing before you head off.

Depending on weather
and tides each trip can be between 20 minutes and an hour.

Remember to wear waterproofs for
faster rides and sensible, non slip shoes.