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Wouldn’t it be marvellous to sail into the sunset on a yacht of your own, to leave your cares behind and sail the seven seas? It’s a pipe dream for most, but now and again we get a taste of how the other half lives.

At the end of last week I was at the PSP Southampton Boat Show, wandering around the superyachts, letting my feet sink into plush shagpile, and ordering myself to splice the mainbrace.

I was there for a Hampshire Chamber of Commerce lunch and what better setting in which to see how businesses in the leisure marine industry are thriving.

It’s so important we continue to invest in the leisure and commercial marine industry in this region, to preserve and expand what we’re clearly very good at doing.