Scotland’s Boat Show 2014, the third largest boat show in the UK, promises to be the biggest yet with a host of attractions that will have visitors flocking from all corners of the sailing world to see the latest in new and used boats and the appearance of legendary pirate Captain Jack Sparrow!

Scotland’s Boat Show (SBS14) takes place at Kip Marina, Inverkip on the weekend of 10, 11, 12 October and has been designated a ‘Homecoming Scotland 2014 Official Event’ as visitors from around the world are expected to attend this year’s show after the global promotion by EventScotland and VisitScotland celebrating the best of the nation’s active pursuits, food and drink, in this Scottish Government initiative.

With new boats from Hanse, Dehler, Beneteau, Bavaria and Sunseeker plus RIB’s, Nautique ski boats and jet skis together with predicted record numbers of high quality pre-owned boats for sale from £1,000 to £1 million there will be something to fit the budget of visitors who make the journey to Inverclyde’s Kip Marina.

Kip Marina managing director Gavin McDonagh said “Scotland’s Boat Show has again been expanded this year and is now recognised both by the industry and by customers alike as the premier event in Scotland for boating. We are all proud that the Show drives around 15,000 people from all over the UK and Ireland to Inverclyde and given the right weather, where better to be than Inverkip in October!”

Transport Minister Keith Brown said “It is fantastic to welcome water and boating enthusiasts from all over the globe to Scotland’s Boat Show 2014, which has been designated as an official Homecoming Scotland 2014 event.”

“Scotland’s marine and coastal areas are internationally renowned as possessing some of the most attractive coastal scenery as well as the most varied and demanding marine conditions in the world, offering conditions for a range of activities and abilities.

“As with all Homecoming events the Boat Show will celebrate the best our nation has to offer, from our active pursuits to food and drink.”
On shore the centerpiece RYA Scotland Marquee will be filled with marine trade exhibitors showcasing the latest trends and developments in marine and leisure products from local and UK wide companies, many of whom are heading to SBS14 straight from the Southampton Boat Show, while in the RYA Scotland Theatre there will be the option to sign up for on-water taster sessions of power and sail for those looking to try boating for the first time, plus a series of presentations and lectures to entertain and inform.

RYA Scotland’s communication and marketing manager said “As a main sponsor of the show again this year, we are really excited to offer a wide range of talks and activities to suit all different levels of experience and even for those who have never been out on the water. The small Access dinghies provided by Castle Semple Regional Park were a huge success last year so we hope lots of youngsters will grab the opportunity to get out on the water this time.

“The Clipper Venture team will be holding talks on all three days of the show as well as giving guided tours of their Clipper 70 yacht. This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to people who have raced around the world as well as stepping on board for a look around the yacht. Visit the RYA Scotland stand for more information”

In the RYA Scotland Marquee for the first time this year, watch out for Henri Lloyd – one of the sponsors of Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 – who will be promoting the ‘Henri Lloyd heritage’ of over half a century as the market leader in technical sailing gear and as a premium lifestyle brand. Show visitors can take advantage of a series of Henri Lloyd exclusive offers presented in conjunction with Kip Marina’s Chandlery.

Back on the water one of the highlights of last year’s show was the spectacular demonstration of Flyboarding from Mike Dear of Wet Jets and this year as well as watching, there will be the chance for the more adventurous visitor to try this exciting new sport for themselves!

Elsewhere visitors can see luxury cars from Bentley, Maserati and, for the first time at Scotland’s Boat Show, the stunning species of McLaren, plus the iconic Morgan sports cars and the incredible Nissan GT-R, all adding up to a fascinating display of power and speed.

New for 2014 and especially suited to visitors during this Year of Homecoming Scotland is the Ancestry Research Centre presented by one of Inverclyde’s biggest employers IBM. The Ancestry Centre gives visitors the chance to discover any genealogical links to Inverclyde and Scotland using state of the art IBM workstations aided by local genealogy experts from Renfrewshire, Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Societies and Kilted Cousins Family Trees.

Barry McGugan of IBM Greenock said “IBM are delighted to be involved with Scotland’s Boat Show and the Ancestry Research Centre. As we are based locally we are the ideal choice for the IT set up so that visitors to the show can trace their Scottish family roots in this Year of Homecoming. The Ancestry Research Centre takes place in the Clipper Suite at Kip Marina’s Chartroom Restaurant daily between 11am and 5pm.

Also new this year is the Inverclyde Living Marquee which showcases the opportunities available for waterside living, working or visiting Inverclyde and enjoy the stunning views at unrivalled value for money prices. Local organisations and businesses will be on hand to explain and advise about how you can make the most out of your visit to Inverclyde, both for Scotland’s Boat Show and for the future…

The Clyde LifeStyle Marquee returns and is even bigger and better than last year with many exhibitors returning, including artists Pamela Randall, Elaine Johnston and Iona Bruce. Also back for 2014 are iconic Glasgow gift retailer Fabulous Black and Shindigg Design. New exhibitors are also a feature of this year’s marquee and include Fernie and Florence with their clothing range and gifts from Kilmacolm together with VV Amore with their unique designer handbags.

For foodies the Farmers Market is open for business on Saturday and Sunday with many local and organic producers exhibiting their wares and there are many delicious treats on offer, from home baking to prime Renfrewshire beef.

For an unforgettable view of Scotland’s Boat Show there will again be the chance on the Saturday and Sunday to take a helicopter flight over Kip Marina and view the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde with HG Helicopters and at only £35 per person.


Still in the air, on Sunday at 2pm the Royal Air Force’s Tutor Aerobatic display joins the show direct from RAF Cranwell. This thrilling six minute display comes from the single seat aircraft that all fighter pilots have to master on their way to fast jets.

For more entertainment during the weekend watch out for the Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band, the Royal Highland Fusiliers who are operating their climbing wall, musical entertainment from Inverclyde Rock Choir, a children’s play area complete with trampoline bungee and of course the chance to meet the UK’s premier ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ lookalike as he makes his piratical way through the show!



Boats Bentleys & Pirates at SBS14

Boats Bentleys & Pirates at SBS14

For Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 admission to Kip Marina is free and car parking is a nominal £3 per vehicle.
For more information visit or call 01475 521485

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