Exhibitor space for 2012 Nanaimo Floating Boat & Marine Trade sells out again
Exhibitor and dock space for Nanaimo’s Annual Floating Boat Show continues to sell out. In its eighth successful year, the Nanaimo show is firmly established on the west coast boat show circuit, attracting 32 major yacht brokers, manufacturers and marine suppliers.
The annual show, held in downtown Nanaimo at the Boat Basin, showcases over 3,500 feet of boats plus 7,000 square feet of marine trade show products and services.
“We’ve filled our space with new product again this year, a very good sign that this show provides the right products and mix for show attendees,” said David Mailloux, Nanaimo Port Authority’s Boat Show manager.
“Participants from Vancouver Island, the Mainland and the U.S. will be on hand with an inventory of new and pre-owned product. Nanaimo’s reputation among the yacht brokers and marine related businesses is that the show attracts a unique, marine-wise market and our venue moves products. There will be some new exhibitors and sweet deals you don’t want to miss.”
“Brand new boats of varying sizes, including pre-owned motor and sailing vessels are being offered through 32 West Coast and Island yacht brokers and manufacturers assembled in one location. With a boat for every budget, attendees will see the fast and sexy or the classic lines of vintage crafts,” said David, adding, “After seven shows, participating brokers understand this market and cater to the needs of show attendees. We will be introducing a new B.C. invention, a unique camper boat, being shown in the B.C. show market for the first time.”
The Port’s objective for the show is to provide people with the opportunity to get close to the latest equipment, to new education and to the various services on the water. Boaters can have a great experience while cruising our incredible coast line, and appropriate safety and environmental practices help to make it a better experience for everyone.
RCMP Coastal Watch, RCMP Auxiliary, Nanaimo Power Squadron and Boat Smart Canada will be on hand so boaters can acquire the mandatory Boater Operator’s Certificate or register for more courses. Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary’s vessel MV MacGregor and Nanaimo Port Authority’s NH Patrol Eagle will be available to board. Sign up to become a steward of the Strait of Georgia to support a “green cause” that affects our amazing coastal waters. Charter companies and a sailing co-operative can provide information to introduce show attendees to our amazing coastal waters.
Again this year, chefs and students from Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts program plus local seasoned chefs from various downtown restaurants will prepare gourmet seafood samplings for show attendees, all part of celebrating our local talent and amazing Harbour City.
See show hours at www.vancouverislandboatshow.com.
Dock admission is $5 per day and $10 for multi-days. A free shuttle from Departure Bay for BC Ferry foot passengers is available.