The first St Mawes Boat Show launching on July 25 and 26 may lack the scale of the London and Southampton events – but the picturesque Cornish harbour will create a supremely chic and scenic showcase for its top quality exhibitors.
Marine and maritime-related businesses from across the Falmouth and Roseland areas – including boat-builders and technicians, ferry companies and water-sports experts will be displaying their talents and wares, bound up with a festival of fabulous local food, drink and entertainment.
Over the two days the experts from Mylor Yacht Harbour’s Marine Team will include seasoned shipwrights Chris “Olly” Oliver and Reed Downing showing the skills involved in laying the classic teak foredeck of a boat.
A further example of Mylor’s classic skills will be on display in the form of the Sunbeam yacht “Milly” – Mylor being the only yard in recent years to build new, wooden Sunbeams on exactly the same lines as the Class’s ninety year old originals.
On the high-tech end of the skill-set Mylor’s marine engineers will be demonstrating the strip down and servicing of a Yanmar inboard engine.
“We’re so used to travelling around the country to show off the fantastic skills, ancient and modern, that Mylor Yacht Harbour has to offer,” says Managing Director Roger Graffy, “so it’s great to be able to lay them out before enthusiasts just a skip across the water at St Mawes. A Cornish Boat Show is long overdue for a part of the world that’s surrounded by sea and imbued with maritime history and expertise.”
St Mawes Harbour Master Gary Cairns and the Boat Show Committee have been organising this inaugural event, which is sponsored by the St Mawes Pier and Harbour Company.
“St Mawes is one of the most scenic historic harbours in the country,” he says, “and our aim is to provide a showcase for some of the brilliant marine and maritime businesses and activities available around the Falmouth and Roseland areas in this wonderful setting.”
The Boat Show will take up the whole harbour area with displays on the old Quay, the pontoons, the slipway and beach and alongside the harbour walls.
With emergency service demonstrations and “tasters” for kayaking, paddle-boarding and RIB-blasts, delicious local victuals and live music, St Mawes is promising something for everyone and looks forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the event. For full details and information including ferry times from Falmouth and Truro and directions by road, please see www.stmawesharbour.co.uk/ or call St Mawes Harbour Office on 01326 270553.