Portsmouth’s marine firms will make a splash at boat show

EXHIBITORS Neil and Mandy Chapman of Boatshed.com are going to the Boat Show
EXHIBITORS Neil and Mandy Chapman of Boatshed.com are going to the Boat Show
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MARINE gadgets and gizmos made by Portsmouth-based firms will be among the stars of the Southampton Boat Show when it begins tomorrow.

Raymarine, based at North Harbour, will be launching its e7 product at the show.

The device enables boaters to see thermal camera images on their iPads.

Also on show will be the Tacktick range of instruments, following Raymarine’s recent acquisition of the company in order to expand into the small yacht market.

Kannad Marine, part of McMurdo, based in Airport Service Road in Portsmouth, will be launching its new personal locator beacons.

It helps improve safety for those spending time on or near the water.

Also making a splash at the show will be amphibious assault warship HMS Bulwark.

Its Commanding Officer, Captain Alex Burton, said: ‘We look forward to welcoming the show’s visitors on board the Royal Navy’s future flagship.’ Other firms from this area to exhibit include Boatshed.com, and Dean & Reddyhoff Marinas from Gosport, Raymarine and McMurdo from Portsmouth, and Baseline Marine Products from Fareham.

The show kicks off at 10am at Mayflower Park, and will be open every day until Sunday, September 25.

The show’s sponsor, transport firm PSP, is based in Segensworth, and this will be the fourth time it has lent its name to the event.

Frank Dixie, who owns the firm, said ‘Our sponsorship has led to a hard but fruitful three years, during which we have established the PSP Worldwide Alliance, bought our headquarters in Fareham outright and handled logistics for the likes of Clipper Round the World, ISAF, Sunseeker, Fairline and Princess. 

‘If this is what we can achieve in three years of sponsorship, I can’t wait to see what we have achieved in 2012 after five years.’